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Orthodox Pilgrimage: Celtic Isles of Scotland and Northumberland - 12/02/16

The Orthodox Monastery of All Celtic Saints ( is sponsoring a pilgrimage to the Celtic Islas of Scotland anbd Northumberland July 23-August 1, 2017. The cost is $1,600.00 per person.

The week of the pilgrimage we are spending in the Scottish Isles costs 1600 dollars per person. This includes:
- accommodation on the Isle of Mull for the entire period;
- three rented cars for our use on Mull (which we shall have to drive);
- this also covers the transport from Glasgow to Oban, as well as gettig from Scotland to Northumbria.
- all food (breakfasts, dinners and packed lunches);
- entries to all visited places;
- three ferries (one to to Mull; two to Iona);
- a private-hire motor boat (to take us to St Brendan’s Isle);
- a private-hire sailing boat (to take us to St Kenneth’s Isle).
The cost is built on the assumption that there will be eight paying pilgrims (two families, sharing double-bed rooms; and four singles, sharing rooms with two single beds).

A Christian Ending to our Life Workshop - 12/02/16

On October 29, 2016, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Portland, Oregon held a workshop entitled "A Christian Ending to Our Life." The Pan-Orthodox event was designed to provide participants with an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care planning and learn about various resources to help them make their wishes known. This included providing everyone with cards from the Go Wish Game in addition to utilizing the Conversation Starter Kit.

The workshop emphasized the importance of including family members of all generations when discussing end-of-life concerns. This is because talking about death not only allows for improved healing after incurring a loss of a loved one, but it also helps avoid conflict once a family member becomes ill and is unable to communicate their wishes.

Holy Land Pilgrimage - 11/16/16

Follow the steps of Jesus from the Annunciation to the Resurrection: Nazareth, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Samria, Mount Tabor, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jordan River, and Jacob's Well. The tour will be led by Father Matthew Tate.

Tour cost: $3900. Tour application can be downloaded on the tour website.

Call Michael Alyas for more information or reservations: (503) 888-6117 or (503) 919-4501.

Practicum for Deacons and Subdeacons Announced - 10/06/16

With the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, a practicum for deacons and subdeacons — and those aspiring to serve in those ministries — has been scheduled for January 13-15, 2017. The divine services and workshops will be held at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Phoenix AZ. His Grace, Bishop Daniel and Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov will lead the sessions. Registration is required and more information is available on the registration form here.

A longer annual Diaconal Liturgical Practicum is scheduled every summer by the Orthodox Church in America. Shorter weekend practicums such as this year’s are scheduled almost every other year at the initiative of His Eminence in the Diocese of the West. These workshops facilitate the celebration of the divine services in good order and create opportunities for deacons and subdeacons to work together and get to know one another and the hierarchs.

For questions, please contact Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov at


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