A Ministry of the Lehigh Valley Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood


April 6: Retreat with Dr. Christopher Veniamin


Lenten Retreat
Sunday, April 6th 2014

With Author and Patristic scholar
Dr. Christopher Veniamin

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
1607 West Union Blvd.
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

3PM Lecture with Q&A
The Power of Repentance:The Ethos of ‘Metanoia’ in the Orthodoax Church

4:30PM Lecture with Q&A
The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation:’Theosis’ in St. Silouan The Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex

5:30PM Complimentary lenten meal

6PM Vespers


April 10: Campbell Lectures at DeSales University to feature Orthodox and Roman Catholic speakers

LCCCFrom the website of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches:

Continuing the Orthodox Catholic and Roman Catholic Dialogue

Thursday, April 10, 4PM – 8 PM

DeSales University

Cost $30 per person – Register now!


This year will see a “first” for the Robert K. Campbell Memorial Lectures on Christian Unity. Since its inception in 1993, the annual lectures have brought distinguished scholars and theologians to the Lehigh Valley. Each of the 21 previous presenters spoke eloquently from the perspective of their particular tradition on an aspect of Christian Unity.

We are excited to announce that on April 10, 2014, we will have two presenters, one Orthodox scholar and one Roman Catholic scholar addressing the doctrine of salvation from different theological and historical understandings. The evening discussion will focus on ideas for local ecumenism.


Dr. Vito Nicastro earned a B.A. with a double-major in History and in Religious Studies in 1989 from Brown University; an M. Div. with distinction from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 1995; and a Ph.D. in History of Christian Life and Thought from Boston College in 2005. He has worked in Ecumenism since 1990 and published a book entitled From Division to Christian Unity. He is Associate Director of the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. He serves on the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation which is sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Dr. Christopher Veniamin was born and raised in London, England, of Greek Cypriot parents, is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex, and Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary, in Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the School of Theology in the University of Thessalonica, and holds a doctorate in Theology from Oxford University, where he studied under the Most Rev. Dr. Kallistos Ware, Metropolitan of Diokleia. His doctoral thesis, The Transfiguration of Christ in Greek Patristic Literature: From Irenaeus of Lyons to Gregory Palamas was a diachronic study of the meaning of the Transfiguration in Patristic theology, spanning a period of some thirteen centuries.

Apr. 5: Pan-Orthodox Lenten Marriage & Family Retreat


UPDATE: This event has unfortunately been canceled. We hope to reschedule at some point in the future.

DATE: April 5, 2014

SPEAKERS: Drs. David and Mary Ford of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

LOCATION: St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral (1031 Fullerton Ave., Allentown, PA 18102)

10am-12pm: “Spiritual Life and Family Life” by Dr. Mary Ford

12pm-2pm: Lunch on your own

2-4pm: “The Glory of Marriage” by Dr. David C. Ford

6pm: Great Vespers

This Pan-Orthodox Retreat is designed for married couples, couples considering marriage, and families, including a long break for lunch so that parents of young children can “tag team,” if needed, for childcare purposes. The cost is $15 per couple or individual (includes both sessions). RSVP to St. Mary’s at (610) 432-2977 before Apr. 2, 2014.

Drs. David and Mary Ford both have taught at St. Tikhon’s Seminary since 1989 and are the co-authors of Marriage as a Path to Holiness: Lives of Married Saints. Dr. David is also author of Women and Men in the Early Church: The Full Views of St. John Chrysostom, and Dr. Mary is the author of numerous published articles on Scripture.


Lehigh Valley Lenten Pan-Orthodox Services & Events 2014


The following Pan-Orthodox Lenten services and events will be held in and around the Lehigh Valley in 2014:

Sun., Mar. 9, 4pm Triumph of Orthodoxy St. Nicholas OCA, Bethlehem
Thur., Mar. 13, 6:30pm Holy Land Pilgrimage Lecture Holy Cross GOC, Stroudsburg
Thur., Mar. 20, 6:30pm Russia Pilgrimage Lecture Holy Trinity OCA, Stroudsburg
Sun., Mar. 23, 7pm Lenten Vespers St. Nicholas GOC, Bethlehem
Thur., Mar. 27, 6:30pm Mount Athos Lecture Holy Cross GOC, Stroudsburg
Sun., Mar. 30, 4pm Lenten Vespers Assumption BVM UOC, Northampton
Thur., Apr. 3, 6:30pm Bp. Mark’s Pilgrimages Lecture Holy Trinity OCA, Stroudsburg
Sat., Apr. 5, 10am-4pm Marriage/Family Retreat St. Mary UOC, Allentown
Wed., Apr. 9, 6:30pm Presanctifed Liturgy (followed by Lenten Potluck) St. Paul AOC, Emmaus
Thur., Apr. 10, 4-8pm Campbell Lectures (Orthodox & Catholic speakers) DeSales University, Center Valley

Bishop Ignatius of Madagascar speaking in Bethlehem June 26


On Wednesday, June 26th at 7pm, His Grace, Bishop Ignatius (Sennis) of Madagascar will be speaking at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Bethlehem, doing a PowerPoint presentation and speaking on the Orthodox Christian missionary work being done on the African island of Madagascar. All are invited!

Mission to Guatemala: Receiving the Mayan People into the Orthodox Church, 7pm Nov. 27

WHAT: “Mission to Guatemala: Receiving the Mayan People into the Orthodox Church”

WHO: Fr. John Chakos, OCMC Missionary to Guatemala

WHERE: St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral at 1607 West Union Blvd., Bethlehem, PA

WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, November 27

Fr. John Chakos will speak and lecture and will be available to meet the public and discuss the ministry to the people of Guatemala, some 100,000 to 200,000 of whom have recently converted en masse to Orthodox Christianity. This is a great opportunity to meet Fr. Chakos and hear about his efforts to establish the first Orthodox Seminary in Latin America.

FATHER JOHN CHAKOS is an OCMC Missionary to Guatemala, working under Metropolitan Athenagoras of Mexico City to help establish the first Orthodox Seminary in Latin America. He simultaneously is working with Fr. Andres Giron in helping tens of thousands of Mayan People enter into the Orthodox Church. Fr. John was the priest of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mt. Lebanon, PA, for 31 years. He and his wife Sandy served as short-term missionaries in Tanzania for six months, and spent three years in the slums of Brazil with the Peace Corps before becoming a priest.