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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.

MEMORY ETERNAL: Archpriest John Garvey - 01/21/15

Fr. John Garvey was born in Decatur Illinois, May 8, 1944, the eldest of eight brothers and sisters. He received his B.A. at Notre Dame University in 1967, marrying Maria Regina Carbonell on June 10 the same year. Fr. John was a writer and author. He was a long time columnist for the journal, Commonweal, his publications included Seeds of the Word: Orthodox Thinking on Other Religions, St Vladimir’s Seminary Pr (April 5, 2006); Death and the Rest of Our Life, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (June 20, 2005); Orthodoxy for the Non-orthodox: A Brief Introduction to Orthodox Christianity, Templegate Pub (November 30, 2002); Saints for Confused Times, Thomas More Press (1976).

2015 Huffington Ecumenical Symposium - 01/20/15

The 2015 Huffington Ecumenical Symposium will be held at LMU (Loyola Marymount University) in Los Angeles on February 27th through March 1st. The title for this year's symposium is: "Sacred Architecture of East and West: Lessons from History and Contemporary Trends." The Diocese's Deacon Nicholas Denysenko is one of the speakers and suggests the event as a continuing education credit opportunity (and it is free of charge!)

From the symposium's webpage (visit by clicking here):

Outreach in Redding - 01/19/15

Saturday January 17, 2015 was a wonderful day for Saint Nicholas of Japan Mission Parish in Redding, CA. We received 5 catacumens and Father Andreas Blom said the Blessing of the Waters (Theophany) for our parish. He then spent the afternoon traveling to various parishioner's homes for House Blessings. It was a great time singing the Troparion together.

Blessing of the Waters at the Continental Divide - 01/10/15

On Thursday, January 8, clergy and faithful from throughout the Rocky Mountain Deanery and region gathered with His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, at Monarch Crest - the Continental Divide of the United States. There the Great Blessing of Water took place, although the water was in a frozen state. It is rumored that the Archbishop "blessed" the faithful by tossing handfuls of snow (see last photo)! A gallery of photos taken by Jason Lee Parks is available below.

BOOK REVIEW: Fr. George Calciu: First Century Christian in the Twentieth Century - 01/07/15

by Wesley J. Smith

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

I had no idea. To be more precise, before I converted to Eastern Orthodoxy, I knew that the Orthodox Church had been harshly suppressed by the communists, but I had no idea that the cruelty of persecution often equaled that inflicted on the early church.

Father George Calciu (1925-2006) was one such sufferer for Christ. A Romanian by birth, an Orthodox Christian by upbringing, twice a political prisoner (totaling 21 years), a priest by vocation, an outspoken evangelist and critic of communist materialism, brutally tortured for the faith, blessed to experience the “Uncreated Light” of God, and finally when all seemed lost, liberated and exiled to America where he became a beloved priest and a spiritual father—including to the prolific author and Orthodox apologist, Frederica Matthewes-Green.

Women's Retreat Announced - 12/27/14

St. Seraphim Orthodox Church in Santa Rosa, California announces an upcoming women's retreat on February 7, 2015 — Humanizing Mary: Discovering the Reality of Her Life. Speaker will be Presvytera Jeannie Constantinou, Ph.D. Suggested donation is $40, which includes coffee and light breakfast at registration, lunch, snacks and drinks. Daycare is provided upon request.

Register online at the parish website:

or download the registration form here.

Annual Mission Retreat Announced - 12/05/14



Retreat Master: Father John Reeves

Location: Church of the Annunciation
13515 SE Rusk Road Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

The Church is a 25 minute drive from the Portland Airport.
Take Freeway 205 South. Take Exit 13 Milwaukie/Highway 224.
Turn RIGHT (west) on Highway 224 for 1.3 miles.
Turn LEFT on Rusk road.
After a hard right turn and then a hard left turn on Rusk Road the church driveway will be 25 yards up on the right.

Cost: $ 185.00 – Registration Fee includes two nights double occupancy lodging, and meals

                     $ 135.00-  No Lodging - Retreat and Meals only

Send Registration Form and Check Payable to Church of the Annunciation

Attn: Connie Lemen, 13515 SE Rusk Road, Milwaukie, OR 97222
For information call 503-659-3646 or email at

You may also register online at

Schedule: The retreat begins on Tuesday the 3rd at Noon with a Deli Buffet and Opening Moleben at 3:30 pm, and ends on Thursday the 5th mid-afternoon.


Registration Form
Cover Letter

Web Page detailing upcoming consecration of Bp-Elect Daniel - 11/05/14

On October 21, 2014, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America elected Father Daniel (Brum) to serve as Auxiliary to His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West as Bishop of Santa Rosa.

His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin has formed a Consecration Committee to arrange details related to the divine services and festal events surrounding the consecration of Bishop-Elect Daniel. A new web page features the latest schedule and other information related to the weekend of January 23-25, 2015.  The page is available here:


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