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Western Rite Conference in August 2016

The biennial conference of the Western Rite Vicariate will be held Tuesday, August 9 through Friday, August 12, 2016 at St. Patrick Orthodox Church in Bealeton, Virginia. The theme for this year’s conference will be based on these words from the Canon of the Mass:

Remember, O Lord, … all here present, whose faith and devotion are known and manifest unto thee: for whom we offer, or who them­selves offer to thee, this sacrifice of praise.

Presentations will focus on participating in and assisting at the Mass.

Bishop John (Abdalah), Vicar Bishop for the Western Rite Vicariate, will preside at all liturgical services, and will be one of the presenters. He will also address the clergy and laity on various Vicariate matters. Other presenters will include the V. Rev. Michael Keiser, the V. Rev. John Mangels, the V. Rev. John W. Fenton, and V. Rev. Edward Hughes, Vicar General for the Vicariate.

Mass will be celebrated daily, together with Vespers and Lauds (or Morning Prayer).

The conference begins with Vespers at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 August, followed by a formal welcome by His Grace, Bishop John. Presentations will be given on Wednesday and Thursday, and will include the Bishop’s address to participants. The final presentation, by Fr Hughes, will be on Friday morning. The Conference concludes at noon on Friday, 12 August.

More details: https://westernriteconference2016.wordpress.com/

Canonical Orthodox Western Rites Conference - Official announcement and registration

This Conference is sponsored by the Fraternity of St Gregory the Great of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. It will be held at Mt Alvernia Retreat Center. It is located in the village of Wappinger Falls, New York, on 204 acres overlooking the Hudson Valley in Dutchess County.

The Antiochian Western Rite Clergy will be invited to be with the ROCOR-WR clergy in this historic event which we pray will be the first of many. There will also be a gathering of Benedictines and possibly their Oblates at the same time.

The conference is open to clergy and laity.

Please, click here to download the document with all details and registration form.

Precisions regarding the October 2011 Western Rite conference

Since a number of people interested in the Western Rite (WR) would like to know more about the conference that is scheduled to take place next October near New York City, Father Deacon Robert Sherwood has kindly provided us with precisions regarding the categories of participants expected to come:

The primary attendees at the Conference would be WR Clergy (ROCOR [Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia] and AWRV [Antiochian Western Rite Vicariate]); some will have their wives with them. Monastics and oblates are urged to come as well. Secondarily would be clergy who are seeking to enter the WR of Orthodoxy. But it is open, as space permits, for others who would have an interest and would be in a position to make positive contributions. The site we will be using this year can accommodate about 60 people and is not that large. Future Conferences, which by agreement will be held jointly with the AWRV, would probably be larger and if the setting were near a large parish might have an open session which would draw a broad local participation. That was the case at the AWRV Conference at St. Peter’s at Fort Worth a few years ago. Essentially the Conference will be first come first served but prioritized for clergy. There will be an official announcement soon that would provide precise details and contact information.