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Welcome to the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic, part of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The Diocese of Charleston is led by His Grace Bishop Thomas and includes more than 30 churches and missions in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.


Bishop Thomas Visits Saint Andrew the Apostle in Lewes, DE

His Grace Bishop Thomas was welcomed to the mission community of Saint Andrew the Apostle in Lewes, Delaware by Fr. Boniface Black and enthusiastic parishioners on the beautiful fall weekend of October 17-18, 2015.

Saturday Vespers, Sunday Orthros and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy were well attended and the choir was outstanding. The Antiochian Women provided hospitality to parishioners and visitors after Vespers and again after the Sunday Divine Services. Among those visiting were Deacon Herman Acker and family from Saint Philip Church in Souderton, PA; and Subdeacon Jason Flowers and family from Saint John Chrysostom Church in York, PA. On Sunday morning, three new members were inducted into the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch.

On January 1, 2016, Saint Andrew the Apostle moved forward from its "mission status" to a fully recognized church in the Archdiocese. A building expansion program is currently under way to provide more worship and classroom space, and a new kitchen and fellowship hall.

St. Tikhon's Announces New Scholarships for Antiochian Seminarians

February 11, 2016 (South Canaan, PA) — St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary has announced the creation of three new scholarships for students who attend the seminary with the blessing of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

“It is a great joy to announce the creation of these three new full scholarships,” His Eminence Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, said. “The scholarships will cover tuition, room, and board, allowing these seminarians to focus on their priestly formation and enter ministry in the Holy Orthodox Church without any debt.”

The scholarships, named in honor of three current hierarchs in the Antiochian church, are: The Patriarch John X Scholarship, The Metropolitan Joseph Scholarship, and The Bishop Thomas Scholarship.

14th Annual Orthodox Camp and Youth Workers' Conference Meets in Dallas

Over 80 clergy and lay youth and camp workers gathered in Dallas, TX for this year's Orthodox Camp and Youth Workers' Conference. This annual conference is sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Camp Association and the leaders of all the different jurisdiction's youth departments. The Orthodox Church in America hosted at their Saint Seraphim's Cathedral here in Dallas. There was a large delegation representing camping and youth ministry from the Antiochian Archdiocese led by His Grace Bishop Thomas.

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