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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.


Mission Potential—Franklin/Floyd Counties, VA

His Grace Bishop Thomas has requested that the diocese be notified about this mission opportunity. Contacts have been made with individuals living in the vicinity of Roanoke and Salem, Virginia, concerning the possibility of an Antiochian mission effort for the surrounding area which would include Franklin and Floyd counties at a minimum. Familiarity with the Roanoke Valley area could include the possibility of widening the mission effort to include the Blacksburg/Christiansburg area (home of VPI—Virginia Tech), centering the mission effort along I-81 between Roanoke and Blacksburg.

It is hoped that an initial meeting with be held with interested families within the next few weeks. Estimation of the number of people involved at the moment is around twenty (20). Fr. Olof Scott, Dean of St. George Cathedral in Charleston, WV, is the primary contact for the diocese. He can be reached at and by phone, 304-346-0106 (office); 304-925-0101 (home); 304-552-5545 (mobile).

The local contact for this effort at the present time is: Reinhold (Ron) Basil Winnemuth, 9543 Sugar Run Road N.E., Copper Hill, VA 24079; phone 540-524-8452; Anyone with contacts in the target area or with roots in that area of Virginia should notify Fr. Olof.

Pascha 2015 at St. George Cathedral, Oakland, PA

Photos courtesy of Christopher Humphrey Photography.

Metropolitan Joseph Issues Letter in Support of March for Marriage

On April 25, 2015, on the National Mall in Washington D.C., people will be gathering from around the U.S. for the March for Marriage. This year's March will include an Orthodox Gathering, sponsored by the group Crown Them With Glory. His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph has released a letter encouraging the faithful of the Antiochian Archdiocese to participate. (Download the PDF of His Eminence's letter.)

March 26, 2015

To our Beloved Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy and all of the Faithful of this God- Protected Archdiocese:

Blessings to you during this Holy Season of the Great Fast! On January 16th of this year, the Supreme Court agreed to hear four new cases on same-sex "marriage," and "rule on the power of the states to ban same-sex "marriages" and to refuse to recognize such "marriages" performed in another state." More details on the announcement can be found at the Supreme Court's website.

We are writing to communicate the newly established date for the third annual March for Marriage in Washington D.C. on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The march is a peaceful rally and quite comparable to the March for Life. We ask that you would make every effort to attend the rally, and encourage others to do likewise.

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