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Many Years, Vladyka DANIEL! - 11/16/19

Today, November 16th, 2019, marks the 65th birthday of our beloved auxiliary bishop and diocesan chancellor, Bishop DANIEL (Brum). May God grant him peace, health, salvation, and furtherance in every good thing as he complete 65 years of life, over five years as a bishop, and over one year as chancellor of the Diocese of the West. Feliz Aniversário!

Bishop DANIEL's biography can be found by clicking here

One Mouth & One Heart - 11/14/19

Orthodox Liturgical singing workshop with Benedict & Maria Sheehan will take place on March 7th, Saturday, 2020.

Location: Church of the Annunciation, Milwaukie Oregon, 503-659-3646

Registration form will be posted on in a few days.

Benedict & Maria Sheehan bring their uniquely complementary skill sets to a weekend workshop tailored to your choir’s needs and integrated into your church’s liturgical schedule. In intensive sessions they help church musicians of all abilities reach new levels of mastery, with emphasis on how to retain these skills and employ them in an everyday setting. They particularly emphasize the spiritual work of the sacred choral musician, and its connections to ensemble blend, musicianship, expressiveness, attentiveness, and a prayerful ethos.


Develop and strengthen your individual voice

Maintain healthy technique in a choral setting

Increase your endurance and prevent vocal damage

Learn to warm-up and practice more effectively


Improve your conducting technique

Lead rehearsals in a more effective and engaging way

Deepen your knowledge of liturgical music

Diagnose and solve problems in your ensemble


Convey sacred text with clarity and depth

Unify and develop your ensemble sound

Sing longer and stronger with less fatigue

Enhance ensemble “community” and connection


8:30 am - Registration, coffee/refreshments

9:30-12:00—Group Vocal Technique

12:00-1:00 - Lunch

1:00-2:30— Repertoire with full ensemble

3:00-4:30— Ensemble technique/Conducting lessons

4:30-5:30 - Dinner

5:30-6:45 - Rehearsal

7:00-7:45pm - Vespers

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PRAYER REQUESTED - Fires in Sonoma County, CA (UPDATED) - 10/30/19

San Francisco, CA: His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin reports the community of the Holy Assumption Monastery in Calistoga, CA remains under an evacuation advisory. So far, the monastery has not been given notice to evacuate and it is expected the advisory will be lifted some time on Thursday. Several families from the St. Seraphim Cathedral parish in Santa Rosa, CA have been evacuated as the fires have threatened communities to the north and west of Santa Rosa. You may remember Santa Rosa itself experienced devastating fires two years ago and the area is still recovering from that blaze. No word has reached His Eminence that anyone has lost their home so far.  

We ask your prayers for all those who have been evacuated and lost their homes be they members of our flock or not.

Archbishop BENJAMIN's visit to Spokane - 10/24/19

On the weekend of October 12th - 13th Archbishop Benjamin traveled to Spokane, Washington, where he visited St. Luke Orthodox Church https://spokaneorthodoxchurch. com/, a new mission of the Diocese of the West, and gave a lecture at Whitworth University. Events began on Saturday when Vladyka joined 20 people for an OCF brunch at the home of Fr. Timothy and Mka. Marie Wilkinson, where he spent an extended period answering questions posed by the students and guests.  Saturday Vespers at St Luke’s was well attended and was followed by a dinner at the Wilkinson home. On Sunday, Thomas Schaeffer was ordained a subdeacon by Archbishop Benjamin in the presence of over 60 people, including several first-time visitors. Before becoming Orthodox in 2015, Subdeacon Thomas spent 30 years as an Assemblies of God minister.

2020 Bavarian Tour with His Eminence - 10/22/19

In the company of His Eminence Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West, this is an absolute trip of a lifetime - First Class all the way! Tour highlights that include; The Oberammergau Passion Play performed only every ten years, truly a world-class spiritual experience., day long cruise through the most scenic area of the Rhine River. See Germany's largest opera house, visit castles, fantastic museums, with city walking tours uncovering history, activities to experience the culture, food (and spectacular Cathedrals!) of this beautiful region. Download the flyer here

Burial Service for Non Orthodox - 10/22/19

The Burial Service for Non Orthodox for priests and choirs is now available on our website. Please download here.

Holy Assumption Monastery Plans Building Project - 10/21/19

by Cynthia Sweeney
Reprinted with permission by the Napa Valley Register

The date, Oct. 22 will mark 10 years that the Sisters of Holy Assumption Monastery have been an active part of the Calistoga community. Now, the sisters are looking for a little help from the community as they plan to replace The St. Nicholas House that “has seen better times.” The house was built on the Washington Street property in the 1970s, and was originally intended to be a handicap-accessible residence for elderly and infirm sisters. After adding an accessible bathroom several years ago, contractors found that the house was not built to high-quality standards, and replacing it is a better use of resources than continuing to renovate, or attempting to expand, said Mother Melania. “We have to think ahead. We’re stewards and caretakers of this property for the next generations, and to provide what the community will need,” said Mother Macrina.

Plans are already underway. Local general contractor Paul Coates, a generous friend of the monastery, and architect Thomas Stimpert, have committed to the project, donating planning input and guidance.
The sisters have begun a fundraising campaign with a goal of $1 million for the new St. Nicholas House. About $20,000 has been raised so far. Neither demolition nor construction can begin until the bulk of the money has been raised. Several factors contribute to the cost of the new building including elevation of the building due to the proximity to the Napa River, and the addition of a sprinkler system. (See details at

Diocese of the West Priest in Russia - 09/11/19

An icon with particles of the relics of the Russian New Martyrs Sts. Nikolai Chernishev and his daughter Barbara from Votkinsk was ceremoniously gifted to a parish of the Orthodox Church in America in California on Sunday.The solemn event took place following the Divine Liturgy at the Archangel Michael Cathedral in Izhevsk. The relics were given to Fr. Edward Henderson, rector of the Church of St. John the Baptist in Berkeley, California (OCA Western American Diocese), who was visiting the area for several days, by Izhevsk Dean Archpriest Roman Voskresensky, reports the press service of the Izhevsk and Udmurtia Diocese.

Handing him the icon with the relics, Fr. Roman asked Fr. Edward to tell about the life of his parish in Berkeley, where there are many parishioners from Votkinsk, who preserved the memory of Sts. Nikolai and Barbara throughout the past century.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Spruce Island and Alaska - 08/01/19

Join your fellow Orthodox believers in the 50th Anniversary celebrations of St. Herman of Alaska’s glorification and the 50th Anniversary of the OCA’s autocephaly in 2020. There will be weekly trips to Alaska over the summer of 2020 sponsored by each of the dioceses of the OCA. The Diocese of the West will sponsor their trip July 8-14, 2020. This will be a special trip for all Orthodox believers. Sign up early and reserve your space. Final cost to be determined.

Core package includes:

*          7 days/6 nights accommodation

*          Round trip air fare to Kodiak from Anchorage

*          Excursion to Spruce Island

*          Touring and sightseeing as listed in itinerary

For terms and conditions, passports, visas, baggage fees, air, additional taxes and travel insurance information visit email 713-688-6793.

Download the flyer here.

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