Welcome to the Diocese of New York and Washington, D.C., part of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The Diocese of New York and Washington, D.C. includes 15 churches and missions in the New York City metropolitan area, the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and institutions throughout North America (e.g., the Antiochian Village in Pennsylvania).
Parishes of this diocese join with the parishes of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic for Parish Life Conferences and other diocesan gatherings.
The Very Reverend W.S. Paul Schneirla, longtime pastor at St. Mary Church in Brooklyn, New York, fell asleep in Christ on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at the age of 98. May his memory be eternal!
Father Paul was ordained an Antiochian priest in 1943, and served parishes in Iron Mountain, MI and Allentown PA, before moving to New York to serve at St. Mary's in Brooklyn from 1951 until his retirement in August, 2002. He served in many capacities within the Archdiocese for 71 years, including: the first chairman of the Department of Christian Education, the dean of the Atlantic Deanery, the first editor of The Word magazine, and as the Archdiocese's Ecumenical Officer.
As a young man, Fr. Paul had converted to Orthodoxy from a Protestant background, and thus years after his ordination, his interest in the Western Rite was kindled by a visit to one of the Rite's parishes within the Romanian Orthodox jurisdiction in Paris, France.
Thursday, October 2, "Coffee with Sister Vassa," Sister Vassa (Larin), ryassofor nun, author of many scholarly articles and a monograph on Byzantine liturgy and theology, and outspoken public intellectual on current issues of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), will be on campus; time TBA.
Saturday, October 4, 9:00 am–5:30 pm, Orthodox Education Day 2014: Divine Liturgy begins the day. "Do Books Still Matter? A Celebration of Orthodox Christian Publications" is this year's theme, and several Orthodox Christian publishers will be on hand, with books galore for sale. The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr will deliver the keynote: "From Scroll to Book to Net: the Web of Knowledge." Enjoy workshops, children's activities, and ethnic food.
Friday, October 24, 7:00 pm, Orthodox Christian Laity, Public Forum: Join an enlivened public discussion on the topic: "The History and Future of the Assembly of Bishops and the Proposed Great and Holy Council in 2016," sponsored by Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL).
Registration is open for the Annual St. Thekla & St. Raphael Pilgrimage, with His Grace Bishop Thomas of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic presiding. Lodging for both adults and children is available for the weekend, which is an annual event at the Antiochian Village Conference Center and camp in Bolivar, PA.
"Did you know that the Antiochian Village is one of the few places places in the United States where you can visit the grave and shrine of a saint of the Church?" notes Bishop Thomas. Saint Raphael of Brooklyn, the first Orthodox bishop to be consecrated in the United States, reposed in the Lord in 1915 and was later canonized by the Orthodox Church in America in 2000. Appropriately, since St. Raphael is buried on the grounds of Antiochian Village, the pilgrimage includes a Service of Supplication to him. Other activities include small group workshops, a panel discussion with Bishop Thomas, a special movie showing, and the full cycle of liturgical services.