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Archimandrite Jean Renneteau elected bishop of Charioupolis

On 13 February 2015, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, at the proposal of His Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew unanimously elected the very reverend Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne, Jean (Renneteau) as bishop of Charioupolis as auxiliary bishop to the Patriarch.

Christmas Message, + Job, Archbishop of Telmessos, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch

Dear Fathers, beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Year after year, the approach of the Feast of Christ’s Nativity fills with joy Christians who are preparing to celebrate this solemn Mystery. And it is right to so rejoice, for the prophecy of Isaiah has been fulfilled: today, "unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given" (Isaiah 9.6). In truth, the feast we are celebrating today is the feast of the God Who gives Himself by becoming incarnate and humbled for the life of the world. This is precisely what the Apostle John the Theologian declares, saying: "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16). Without this sacrificial gift from God, humanity would never have been able to truly know God and unite with Him, as much as this is possible for human nature, and so have access to the Heavenly Kingdom.

Patriarchal Proclamation Christmas 2014

December 22, 2014


+ BARTHOLOMEW
By God's Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome
and Ecumenical Patriarch
To the Plenitude of the Church:


Grace, mercy, and peace from the Savior Christ, born in Bethlehem
 
Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,
 
"Christ is descending from the heavens;
let us meet Him!"
 
God has appeared on earth and, at the same time, we have seen the perfect man together with the inconceivable value of the human person. Today especially, we experience the condition of humanity after the fall, as we daily affirm with the Psalmist that "all have gone stray, they are all alike corrupt; there is none that does good – no, not one!" (Psalm 13.3; Rom. 3.12-13)

Before the incarnation of Christ, humanity could never imagine the inconceivable value of the human person, which was weakened and distorted after the fall. Only the most illumined people could perceive, even before the time of Christ, the value of the human person and the response to the Psalmist's question: "What is man that God would remember him?" (Psalm 8.5), which they proclaimed in the Psalmist's words: "You have made man a little lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor." (Psalm 8.6)

Safeguarding the vulnerable, Deanery model clauses, Constitution and Property Trust Deed

Many stakeholders of our Deanery would like us to be as professional as possible when running our parishes, bearing in mind that we are mostly volunteers. The Archdiocese requires us to meet certain norms, parents, carers and families want us to safeguard our people, donors want us to safeguard the funds and property that they give us. To help communities and parishes with these complex tasks, the deanery has developed a set of up-to-date constitutional material to make sure that we are using all the latest tools available to us.

Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius 2014 Conference 11-14 August

Updated timetables for Canterbury and Lamberhurst, January-March 2014

The Messenger, November 2013 is published!

Christ is born - glorify him!

With some delay due to technical problems, the November 2013 Messenger, the Journal of the Deanery, has finally seen the light of day.

As always, available via subscription or single copy, paper print or digital pdf format.

Study Weekend - Orthodox Fellowship Of St John The Baptist

"Transfiguration: The Icon as Text and Mission"
Friday 24 th   to Sunday 26 th   January 2014

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS
Metropolitan Bishop Kallistos Ware
“The Transfiguration of Christ in the Gospels and the Church's Mission to a Suffering World”

Fr Andreas Andreopoulos
“The icon as sign, reading the icon of the Transfiguration as a text”

Aidan Hart

Wendy (Anne) Robinson (1 July 1934 - 12 December 2013)

We are sad to announce the death of Wendy Robinson, a dearly loved person and loyal friend of so many members of our Church and of so many Christians in this country and abroad.

Procedure for the election of the new Archbishop

Following the visit to the Patriarchate by a delegation of the Council, this is the procedure which we will follow at our Extraordinary General Assembly on Thursday 31 October (evening) and
Friday 1 November 2013.

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