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To the Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of the Diocese of the West:

This morning we received the news that the Supreme Court of the United States asserted the right for persons of the same sex to be married throughout the country. Their decision, however, in no way alters the teaching of the Orthodox Church on the subject of Christian marriage. And, while our doors are open to everyone who seeks the Kingdom of God, our understanding about human persons and the family remains unchanged. There is no blessing for such unions in the Orthodox Church.

I would draw your attention to the Synodal Affirmation on the Mystery of Marriage of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America on the subject of marriage and human sexuality for further reading. This document was issued exactly two years today (June 26, 2013). READ DOCUMENT

In addition, all the faithful are encouraged to re-read the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA 2013 Statement On Marriage. READ DOCUMENT

Christian marriage is challenged in many ways in our times. Same sex marriages represent only one such challenge. The common practice of cohabitation, even among those who consider themselves to be Orthodox Christians, is another, and perhaps even more serious, symptom of the denigration of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

As we struggle to uphold and preserve what we have received from the Holy Apostles and Fathers of the Church, let us also show compassion to all our neighbors, not forgetting our calling to make Christ and His love manifest in this place and at this time.

Archbishop of San Francisco


Deacon David Fabula suffered a very serious stroke early Friday morning, May 29th. A clot in his carotid artery caused severe damage to about 80 percent of the right side of his brain. He was flown from Delta, Colorado, to Grand Junction by Life Flight, and spent about three weeks in the Critical Care Unit that specializes for stroke patients, at Saint Mary's Hospital. During that time he underwent a craniotomy, where the surgeon removed a hand-sized portion of the right skull to permit the damaged brain to swell without causing inter-cranial pressure and further damage. That part of his skull is preserved and at some point in the future, it is expected to be put back in place.

During the week of June 15th, he was moved from the intensive care unit to the neuro-trauma unit for further observation and possible rehab. That has yet to be determined. It is expected that either he will become a candidate for rehab, or the hospital will release him into a long term specialized nursing facility.

Mission Deanery Retreat Recap - 06/06/15

The Mission District Deanery Retreat of the Diocese of the West began at Annunciation Church in Milwaukie, Oregon, on Tuesday, February 3, with a Molieben led by Diocesan Chancellor Fr. Ian MacKinnon, greetings from His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin and Mission District Dean Fr. Matthew Tate, giving us an overview of what we could expect over the course of the retreat.

Shortly after the greeting and introduction, mission priests were invited to the nave of the church to have a discussion in the round, about our various missions in the Diocese. Each priest in turn discussed his mission’s background, highlights and problematic situations. This was the first of three "Mission Update” gatherings during the retreat. These discussions very fruitful. After a break, Vespers was served by Fr. Barnabas Powell, and then we had dinner in the church dining hall, a spacious, well-lit room that would also serve us adequately for the upcoming education sessions.

Consecration of Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa - 01/25/15

Photograph galleries: Our gratitude to Aaron Brodeur for his photographs from the Friday Evening Nomination and Reception and the Saturday Divine Liturgy, Consecration, and Banquet. Photograps are also available from the OCA web site. Photographs from His Grace's first liturgy in Santa Rosa are also available.


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