Javascript Menu by Deluxe-Menu.com
 
 
   

CANTON, OH [MW Diocese Communications] -- The Diocese of the Midwest and the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania recently announced that the third annual Small Parish Forum will be held at Holy Assumption Church, Canton, OH July 14-16, 2016.

The Forum will focus on specific parish situations common to the numerous “small” parishes throughout the Orthodox Church in America and other jurisdictions.  Workshops and presentations will explore ways to assist parishes with memberships of 75 or fewer souls to achieve stability, build a positive self-image, and accept their calling to live a life in Christ without necessarily becoming “big.”
 
“Small Parishes can bring people to Christ in intimate and exciting ways often unavailable to larger parishes,” said Joseph Kormos, Forum Co-chairperson and Parish Development Ministry Leader for the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh.  “Forum sessions will offer actionable information, tips and good practices for strengthening small parishes that will be valuable to clergy and lay leaders alike."
 
The Forum’s agenda, yet to be finalized, will include panel discussions, interactive workshops, sessions focusing on worship, an array of speakers, parallel sessions for clergy and laity, and case studies.  Sessions will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14 and conclude at noon on Saturday, July 16.
 
Archpriest Daniel Rentel, Co-chairperson for the Forum said, “The previous Forums, held in Byesville OH and Weirton WV, were a big success. In each of those sessions we drew 60 persons from six OCA dioceses and three other jurisdictions.  We’ve created a great advisory team of past attendees and speakers to guide our agenda and enable people to leave with actionable ideas.  And about half of the OCA's parishes are within a manageable drive to Canton.”
 
Registration will be open April 1, 2016.  Additional information on the registration procedure will be made available in advance.  To maintain an atmosphere of fellowship and dialogue among attendees, registration will again be limited to 65 persons.
 
Sessions will take place at Canton’s Holy Assumption Church.  A block of rooms will be reserved at local hotels.  A $100.00 per person registration fee will include meals, breaks, a hospitality reception and Forum materials.  Attendees from the Diocese of the Midwest and the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh are eligible for tuition rebates and grants to assist with travel costs.

Share This:



< PreviousNext >
You might also like:
 







This Week in the Life of your Bishop

Diocesan Assembly: October 8-10, Lansing, IL

Upcoming Feasts of the Church

Polyeleos-rank Jun 23 - Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God
Great Feast Jun 24 - Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John
Polyeleos-rank Jun 26 - Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jun 28 - Icon of the Mother of God, called The Three Hands; Polyeleos-rank Our Venerable Fathers Sergius and Herman, Wonder-workers of Valaam
Great Feast Jun 29 - The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul
Polyeleos-rank Jul 2 - The Holy Hierarch John Maximovich, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco;
Polyeleos-rank Jul 3 - The Holy Hieromartyr Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow
Polyeleos-rank Jul 5 - Our Venerable Father Sergius, Abbot and Wonderworker of Radonezh
Polyeleos-rank Jul 6 - Our Venerable Father Athanasius of Mount Athos
Vigil-rank Jul 8 - The Sitka (Kazan) Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 10 - The Deposition of the Robe of our Savior; Polyeleos-rank Our Venerable Father Anthony of the Kiev Caves
Polyeleos-rank Jul 11 - The Holy Equal of the Apostles Blessed Princess Olga
Polyeleos-rank Jul 12 - Icon of the Mother of God, called The Three Hands
Polyeleos-rank Jul 14 - Our Venerable Father Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain
Vigil-rank Jul 15 - The Holy Equal of the Apostles Great Prince Vladimir
Polyeleos-rank Jul 17 - New Royal Passion-bearers Tsar Nicholas and his family
Vigil-rank Jul 19 - Our Venerable Father Seraphim, Wonder-worker of Sarov
Vigil-rank Jul 20 - Holy and Glorious Prophet Elijah
Polyeleos-rank Jul 23 - Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 24 - Right-believing Russian Princes Boris and Gleb
Polyeleos-rank Jul 26 - The Righteous Priest Jacob Netsvetov, Enlightener of the Native Peoples of Alaska
Polyeleos-rank Jul 28 - Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 30 - The Holy Martyr John the Warrior

 

  Powered by Orthodox Web Solutions