Diocesan News

BUFFALO NY: Streaming Icon of the Theotokos

Saint George Orthodox Church located in Buffalo NY has been blessed with the icon of the Annunciation of Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary streaming fragrant oil. “It is a great and humble miracle, and blessing, for our parish and for those who come and pray here,” said Father Jason Vansuch (parish rector). His daughters, Alexandra and Anna, witnessed the streaming Holy Oil following Great Vespers on the Eve of Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Our Lord (September 13). The Holy Oil began streaming from the Cross on top of the Veil of the Theotokos and then also began streaming from the back of Her Veil; it has continued to stream down her face.

Upcoming Events within the Life of Our Diocese

October 12, 2017

Council of Presbyters


Bronxville NY



October 21, 2017

“Becoming a

Healing Presence”

A Retreat with

Dr. Albert Rossi

 Orthodox Church

 of the Holy Cross

   Medford NJ

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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resources >



November 1-2, 2017



Endicott NY

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November 3-4, 2017

  Matushki Retreat

Saint Andrew’s Camp

Jewell NY

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November 10-12, 2017




Saint Basil Academy

Garrison NY

info & registrat

What is a Distinguished Diocesan Benfactor?

In order to fund necessary ministries and fulfill the work of the Church in the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors generously contribute financial support.  Their contributions are voluntary, significant, and arise from thankfulness and gratitude to God for blessings received.

Through their generosity the diocese obtains much needed funding to build up and nourish the Body of Christ (His Holy Church).  Without them, many essential ministries would simply go unfunded and unattended.




What essential ministries do they support?

During the year 2011, Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors support three major initiatives.  They select how the diocese will use their contributions by designating the initiative of their choice:

Support A Mission Parish

Scholarship Our Seminarians

Help An Existing Parish

Who is a Distinguished Diocesan Benefactor?

Perhaps you … if God has richly blessed you!


“Please consider becoming a Distinguished Diocesan Benefactor!  By offering a sacrificial gift of $500, $1,000, $2,500,  $5,000 or whatever you are able this year, you will enable our Diocese to financially support a vitally important ministry of your choice.”

“May the Lord bless and keep you
in His loving care!”

~ Bishop +Michael ~






Your generous support is what being a Distinguished Diocesan Benefactor is all about.  Your love, your prayers, and your sharing of the riches with which you have been blessed make it all possible.  You may contribute by check using the donation form included on the brochure available for download (above) and sending it to us by mail.  Or, you may contribute now on-line using your credit card.  For your convenience and safety, our credit card donations are processed through Payment Processing Consultants to ensure security and protect your transaction.



 To learn more about the Diocese of New York and New Jersey and the upcoming events with the life of our Diocese, please click on the link below which will take you to the website for

The Diocese of New York and New Jersey:




His Grace, Bishop Michael

Bishop Michael presents a series of talks on matters of faith, belief, and the teachings of the Church. These instructional videos are concise and “to the point,” offering Orthodox Christians much-needed information, helpful advice for their spiritual journey, and assistance in answering questions that may come from non-Orthodox friends or acquaintances.

The goal is that we might better know and better live our faith.

The entire “Lessons in Our Faith” series is available through a special link by simply clicking below: