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A Message of Condolence on the Passing of Metropolitan Philip

Saturday, March 22, 2014
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, offers a message of condolence on the passing of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip. read more »

Memory Eternal! His Eminence Metropolitan Philip

Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America is saddened to learn of the repose of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. read more »

Synaxis of Primates Concludes; Holy and Great Synod to Convene in 2016

Thursday, March 13, 2014
At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches came together in Constantinople for a Synaxis on March 6-9, 2014. read more »

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Friday, March 07, 2014
Gathering in our Churches as members of the undivided Body of Christ to celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy, we call to mind the holy men and women who defended holy icons, succeeded in restoring them, and pronounced the authentic faith and worship of the Church. read more »

Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students Available through the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Applications for two scholarships administered by the Department of Philanthropy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are now available to Orthodox Christian students connected to parishes in jurisdictions of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. read more »

Hierarchs Confirm Commitment to Assembly, Announce Plans for Assembly V

Thursday, January 30, 2014
On Tuesday, January 28, the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America convened. Along with the members of the Executive Committee, the first hierarchs of all jurisdictions were invited to participate. read more »

Assembly Faces Temporary Withdrawal of Participation by Hierarchs of Patriarchate of Antioch

Monday, January 27, 2014
Archbishop Demetrios of America, Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, has issued the following statement in response to the temporary withdrawal of the Hierarchs of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America from their participation in the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. read more »

OCN "Share the Light Sunday" is January 19

Monday, January 13, 2014
The Assembly of Bishops has designated January 19, 2014 as Orthodox Christian Network "Share the Light" Sunday. read more »

Nativity and Theophany Message

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
The Assembly releases its 2013 Nativity and Theophany message to the faithful. read more »

2013 Committee Reports Available Online

Friday, December 20, 2013
The Assembly's annual committee reports are now available online. The summary reports, which were prepared by the committee chairmen, provide an overview of each committee's accomplishments between September 2012-August 2013. read more »

IOCC Sunday is November 24

Thursday, November 21, 2013
The Assembly of Bishops has designated November 24, 2013 as International Orthodox Christian Charities' (IOCC) Sunday. read more »

Orthodox And Catholic Theologians Call For Peace In Middle East, Discuss Church Relations

Thursday, November 14, 2013
The North American Orthodox Catholic Theological Consultation issued a statement on the plight of Christians in the Middle East at their meeting in Mississauga, Ontario, Oct. 24-26, calling for the release of a Greek Orthodox Metropolitan and a Syriac Orthodox Archbishop, both from Aleppo, Syria, and repudiating the kidnapping, torture and killing of not only Christians but all civilians. read more »

Hundreds Attend Cleveland Assembly Forum

Friday, November 01, 2013
Nearly 300 clergy and laity attended a pan-Orthodox forum on Sunday, October 27 to learn about the Assembly of Bishops, pose questions, and comment on the progress of Orthodox unity in America. read more »

Cleveland to Host First Public Forum on Unity

Monday, October 21, 2013
The Orthodox Christian community of Cleveland, Ohio will host a public forum on the Assembly of Bishops and the future of Church unity in America on Sunday, October 27, 2013. read more »

Assembly IV Concludes; Assembly Issues Statements to the Faithful

Friday, September 20, 2013
In the final day of its annual meeting, the Assembly agreed to issue two statements—one on the Church’s unchanging position on marriage and one expressing grave concern over the escalating violence in the Middle East. The Assembly also released a message to the faithful on the conclusion of Assembly IV. read more »

Canonical Restructuring and National Youth Meeting Key Topics on Day Two

Thursday, September 19, 2013
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops blessed its Committee for Youth to begin planning a North American Pan-Orthodox Youth Gathering of high school students. The gathering would enable Orthodox youth from all jurisdictions to come together, share in their faith, bear witness to the Church, and build bridges across our Orthodox family. read more »

Progress Reflected in 4th Annual Assembly Meeting

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The first day of meetings of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America reflected a growing collegiality and cooperation among those present. Forty-three hierarchs representing 11 jurisdictions are in attendance. read more »

An Impatient Patience: An Interview with Metropolitan Kallistos

Monday, September 16, 2013
Fr. Josiah Trenham interviews Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) on unity and canonical normalization in the West. read more »

September 15 Designated as Assembly Sunday

Sunday, September 08, 2013
Sunday, September 15 has been designated as "Assembly Sunday". On this day, the Assembly requests the prayers of all clergy and faithful as it prepares to convene September 17-19 in Chicago for its annual meeting. read more »

Greek and Antiochian Parishes Merge in Tennessee

Tuesday, September 03, 2013
In an unprecedented action, two Orthodox Christian churches—one Greek and one Antiochian—have merged together to form a new parish in northeastern Tennessee. read more »

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