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DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY 2016 - 10/19/16

On October 12-13, 2016 His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, and His Grace, Bishop Daniel, gathered together with faithful clergy and laity from throughout the Diocese of The West at Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral in Los Angeles for the annual Diocesan Assembly. The Diocesan Council met on Tuesday, October 11, to finalize the agenda of the assembly and address any last minute business. Vespers was served for those who had already arrived.

On Wednesday morning, the Assembly began with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, presided over by Archbishop Benjamin, with Bishop Daniel, the Diocesan Chancellor, Archpriest Ian MacKinnon, the Deans of the diocesan deaneries and Archpriest Nazari Polataiko, Dean of the Cathedral. Present during the whole assembly was the wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God “Abbess of the Mount Athos” and holy relics of St. Gabriel of Mt. Athos accompanied by Archpriest Volodymyr Solomaha and Mr. Volodymyr Telizhenko from Ukraine. An Akathist to the Mother of God of Mt. Athos was served on Wednesday evening.

Fr. Josiah Trenham Exclusive Live Webinar Retreat - 10/15/16

Tempe, AZ (OCA)

This Nativity season, all are invited to enter more deeply into the “great mystery” of the relationship between Christ and His Church (Eph 5:30) as reflected in the high calling of God for husbands and wives in Christian marriage. The webinar retreat will be based on Fr. Josiah’s lecture series, “The Good Husband and the Good Wife: Five Lectures on the Christian Ideal.” The event will take place Saturday, November 19th, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Arizona Time.

Fr. Josiah, an archpriest in the Antiochian Archdiocese, is an internationally sought after speaker and champion of marriage and family life. He is the founder and director of Patristic Nectar Publications, an organization dedicated to "nourishing the spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers." Fr. Josiah is the author of numerous articles and books such as “Marriage and Virginity According to St. John Chrysostom” and “Rock and Sand: An Orthodox Appraisal of the Protestant Reformers and Their Theology.”  Fr. Josiah's weekly homilies and theological reflections are listened to by thousands around the world on The Arena podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.

Practicum for Deacons and Subdeacons Announced - 10/06/16

With the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, a practicum for deacons and subdeacons — and those aspiring to serve in those ministries — has been scheduled for January 13-15, 2017. The divine services and workshops will be held at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Phoenix AZ. His Grace, Bishop Daniel and Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov will lead the sessions. Registration is required and more information is available on the registration form here.

A longer annual Diaconal Liturgical Practicum is scheduled every summer by the Orthodox Church in America. Shorter weekend practicums such as this year’s are scheduled almost every other year at the initiative of His Eminence in the Diocese of the West. These workshops facilitate the celebration of the divine services in good order and create opportunities for deacons and subdeacons to work together and get to know one another and the hierarchs.

For questions, please contact Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov at

MEMORY ETERNAL - Protodeacon Alexis Washington - 10/04/16

Protodeacon Alexis Washington, who was attached to Saints Peter and Paul Church in Phoenix, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, October 2, 2016 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born in Chicago, IL on July 26, 1948, he completed the Orthodox Church in America’s Late Vocation Program in 1997, after which he was ordained to the diaconate on January 31, 1998 by His Grace, Bishop [later Archbishop] Job at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL. He was elevated to the dignity of Protodeacon by the Holy Synod of Bishops in 2004. He faithfully served the cathedral community until December 2005, when he was attached to Saints Peter and Paul Church.

Visitation will begin at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 1614 East Monte Vista Road, Phoenix, AZ at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7.  The Funeral service will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, October 8, the Divine Liturgy and Panikhida will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m., followed by interment at Holy Redeemer Cemetery. A luncheon will be served at the parish hall after the interment.

Additional information will be posted as received. May Protodeacon Alexis’ memory be eternal!


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