Diocese of the West http://dowoca.org/ 60 APRIL 2017 FINANCIAL REPORTS AVAILABLE http://dowoca.orthodoxws.com/reports_financial.html Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of the West http://dowoca.orthodoxws.com/reports_financial.html 2017 DOW ASSEMBLY PAGE UP!! http://dowoca.orthodoxws.com/2017_assembly.html Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of the West http://dowoca.orthodoxws.com/2017_assembly.html V. Gorbik Master class in Los Angeles! http://dowoca.org/news_170524_1.html Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://dowoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/MasterClass-Gorbik-Aug2017.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=70&percent=100"><p>SAVE THE DATES!</p> <p>&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1445138765"><span class="aQJ">August 22-24, 2017</span></span>&nbsp;-- Vladimir Gorbik, eminent conductor and Orthodox church choirmaster from Moscow will offer 3 days of his inimitable instruction in the performance and interpretation of Orthodox sacred choral music. Registration site will be available soon.</p> <p><br id="m_5059102655876587397yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1495646638617_41978" />This will be Vladimir Gorbik&rsquo;s first master class in Southern California. Don&rsquo;t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the very best!</p> <p><br id="m_5059102655876587397yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1495646638617_41979" />Questions: Please write to&nbsp;<a id="m_5059102655876587397yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1495646638617_41980" href="http://gorbikmasterclass@gmail.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=http://gorbikmasterclass@gmail.com/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1495744371252000&amp;usg=AFQjCNF7phUXwr-smt09jyHWMyQU-fZ74w">gorbikmasterclass@gmail.com</a></p></div> Diocese of the West http://dowoca.org/news_170524_1.html Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Offered http://dowoca.org/news_170522_1.html Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://dowoca.org/display_image.php?ext=peg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/05-22/good_shepherd.jpeg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=69&percent=100"><p>This summer, Church educators from across the US and Canada are invited to participate in a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Course, held at St John the Evangelist Orthodox Church in Tempe, AZ from July 5-11th, 2017.</p> <p>Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a distinctive, yet proven, Montessori&ndash;based method of Christian education that recognizes and reinforces the child&rsquo;s natural desire for learning about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ's love for them and for all of His creation. Rooted in Scripture and the Divine Liturgy, this hands-on, experiential approach enables children to fall more deeply in love with the Good Shepherd and allows them to more fully participate in the liturgy. Examples of lessons include presentations of the articles of the altar, the articles of baptism, the parable of the Good Shepherd and the Gospel narratives of the birth of Christ, all utilizing child-sized materials that are appropriate for the developmental stage of the child.</p></div> Diocese of the West http://dowoca.org/news_170522_1.html Consecration of St. Barbara Monastery Chapel http://dowoca.org/news_170513_1.html Sat, 13 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://dowoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2017/05-13/IMG_0148.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>With great joy, Abbess Victoria and the community of St. Barbara Monastery in Santa Paula, CA, announce that the consecration of the new monastery chapel dedicated to the Holy Martyrs Barbara and Eugene took place on Saturday, May 6th, 2017. His Eminence, the Most Reverend Archbishop Benjamin presided, assisted by His Grace, Bishop Daniel, some twenty priests and three deacons.</p></div> Diocese of the West http://dowoca.org/news_170513_1.html St. Eugene Summer Camp Registration Open http://dowoca.orthodoxws.com/steugenescamp.html Sat, 06 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>The registration materials for campers and staff for our beloved St. Eugene&rsquo;s Orthodox Youth Camp being held July 2-8 at St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, CA near Kings Canyon National Park are now available.</p> <p>Forms available:<br /><a href="/files/events/2017/Camp/CAMP-APPLICATION-2017.pdf">Camper Application Form</a> (to be sent to Kathy Pieracci, our Treasurer) &ndash; The Camper&rsquo;s Medical Forms, Policy Agreement - NO LATER THAN JUNE 9th. After June 9th, a late fee will be charged. No applications will be accepted after June 15th. No walk-ins will be accepted.</p> <p><a href="/files/events/2017/Camp/Camp-Youth-Volunteer-Application-2017---type.pdf">Staff/Counselor Application Form</a> (to be sent to Fr. Michael Anderson, as Director &ndash; postmarked no later than June 1st)</p> Diocese of the West http://dowoca.orthodoxws.com/steugenescamp.html Archdeacon Kirill Ordained to Holy Priesthood http://dowoca.org/news_170428_1.html Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://dowoca.org/display_image.php?ext=peg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Kirill-Ordination-to-Priest-ATB-8089.jpeg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=59&percent=100"><p>On Bright Saturday, April 22, 2017, His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin ordained Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov to the Holy Priesthood at Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Francisco, CA. The historic cathedral was filled with worshippers from the parish and the diocese, and beyond, for the Paschal Divine Liturgy. Concelebrants included: His Grace, Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa; Archpriest Ian MacKinnon, Chancellor of the Diocese of the West; Archpriest John Takahashi, Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral; Archpriest Chad Hatfield, President of St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary; Archpriest Peter Perekrestov, Dean of Holy Virgin Cathedral &ndash; Joy of All Who Sorrow, San Francisco; Archpriest Stephan Meholick; Archpriest George Gray; Archpriest Lawrence Margitich; Archpriest Vladimir Morozov; Priest Philip Halliwell; Priest Andrew Smith; Protodeacon George Golitzin, and Protodeacon Brendan Doss. Numerous priests and deacons were also praying in the temple.<br /><br />In his address to the newly ordained Archpriest Kirill and his wife, Matushka Sophia, His Eminence spoke about the centrality of love for one&rsquo;s flock in priestly service. His Eminence noted that Fr. Kirill is the second &ldquo;native son&rdquo; of the Cathedral to be ordained to the priesthood (the first having been Saint Sebastian of Jackson and San Francisco). Father Kirill was vested in the paschal vestments worn by his father, Archpriest Victor (Dean of Holy Trinity from 1991 until his repose in 2006), who had also been ordained on Bright Saturday.</p></div> Diocese of the West http://dowoca.org/news_170428_1.html Two Chapter Books for Orthodox "Tweeners" Released http://dowoca.org/news_170427_1.html Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://dowoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/uploads/2017/QA_front-cover-300dpi.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=59&percent=100"><p>&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;Queen Abigail the Wise&rdquo; and &ldquo;Vanessa the Wonder-worker&rdquo; fill a gap in Orthodox fiction for children</em></p> <p>Bookended by heavily illustrated readers for toddlers and serious tomes about dating for teens, the world of Orthodox children&rsquo;s fiction hasn&rsquo;t had much to offer tweens &ndash; young readers between 9-12. But a new series of chapter books from author/illustrator Grace Brooks, a parishioner at St. Paul Church in Las Vegas, promises to change that, engaging tween readers at an age when crucial long-term ties to the faith are formed.</p> <p>The intersection between Church life and "real life" is fertile ground for adventure to the tween characters of the Every Tuesday Club. Thrown together at church once a week, the girls start as acquaintances, become friends and find themselves learning about their faith and themselves in ways that are engaging, thought-provoking and easy for young readers to relate to.</p> <p>In addition to the two Every Tuesday Club books published, Brooks said at least two more are planned. The first two books in the series are &ldquo;Queen Abigail the Wise&rdquo; and &ldquo;Vanessa the Wonder-worker&rdquo;:</p></div> Diocese of the West http://dowoca.org/news_170427_1.html Pilgrimage-Conference Cruise to Alaska http://dowoca.org/news_170316_1.html Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>With the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West and the support of His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska, a pilgrimage cruise and conference-at-sea will be held September 2-9, 2017.</p> <p>A flyer and detailed information, including speakers and topics, costs, etc., <a href="http://eurekafirstchurch.us7.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=8966012cb629ebccb43e47d2d&amp;id=d39377cd6f&amp;e=dfcda86210">are available on-line.</a></p> <p>Sailing from Seattle to explore Juneau, Sitka, Glacier Bay, and other sites on the Holland America Eurodam, participants will attend a wide variety of daily lectures, services and workshops.&nbsp; Bishop David will host the pilgrims in Sitka, and the lecturers will include Archpriest Michael Oleksa, a recognized authority on Alaskan history and spirituality, and Archpriest Laurent Cleenewerck, Rector of Saint Innocent Church, Eureka, CA, who will lecture on &ldquo;Spirit, Soul and Body.&rdquo;</p> <p>Registrations should be made as soon as possible as only 27 of the 50 spots needed to complete the group have already been filled.</p> Diocese of the West http://dowoca.org/news_170316_1.html Orthodox LIFE School - UPDATED http://dowoca.org/news_170305_1.html Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://dowoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Adventure-poster.jpg&archive=0&final_h=65&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>This summer a unique summer discipleship week long program will be offered at the monastery of St John of San Francisco in Manton, California. The program is called &ldquo;Orthodox LIFE School&rdquo; and it targets young men and women from 18-30 years. The school will be led by Fr. Innocent (Green), superior at the monastery, and assisted by Fr. Andreas Blom and Fr. Theodor Svane.</p> <p>"Life in Christ is an exciting adventure," says Fr. Andreas. &ldquo;As Christians, we never have a reason to be bored! It has been on our hearts to offer a program for young Orthodox Christians, which will challenge and equip them to follow Christ in today&rsquo;s world. We have certainly seen a need for this, and young adults in our parishes have been asking for it.&rdquo;</p></div> Diocese of the West http://dowoca.org/news_170305_1.html