The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America
Pacific Coast Deanery
(Annual report 2006/2007)
The Pacific Coast Deanery is entrusted with 17 parishes and missions, located in 7states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.
During 2006/2007 all the deanery's parishes and missions carried on their religious, administrative, educational and social programs, as set forth by their clergy and parish councils, according to the schedule of activities, publishedthrough their parochial bulletins, occasional flyers, and/or web-sites (forthose parishesthat have web-pages).
Meetings and communication
Due to the geographical distances between the parishes and missions, the deanery could not hold any official meetings, but contacts among the clergy, the Episcopate and deanery, were held year-around, as both Hierarchs of the Episcopate, often accompanied by the dean, visited the deanery's parishes and missions on several occasions: pastoral and canonical visits, special occasions, etc.
ROEA's informational herald “Solia”, letters, e-mails and/or telephone communications, received from the Episcopate's Chancery by the dean (i.e. clergy departure, hierarchical visits, etc.) were transmitted by the deanery's office to its clergythrough a various means (printed material, e-mails, telephone contacts).
A deanery web site has been created and online since 2000 ( www.ViataCrestina.net ). Web pages were also created for some parishes and missions of the deanery, and a deanery e-mail database was established, to better communicate among the deanery parishes, missions and clergy.
To better promote the Episcopate, parishes and missions' activities within the deanery, the dean created a Forum “Biserica.org - Pacific Coast News” ( English ) and ( Romanian ), with a “Weekly Digest” about: Community A nnouncements, Orthodox Q & A, Church History and Orthodox Teachings, Apologetics, Church's Sacramental Life, The Church in the World, Traditional, Social and Progressive Issues, Miscellaneous Topics, etc.
In turn, almost half of the parishes and missions also have their own web pages, using them to better advertise their church's main activities, up-coming events and basic information about their parish and/or mission.
Throughout 2006 and 2007 (1st semester), both Hierarchs: His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel and His Grace Bishop Irineu, made innumerable visits in the Pacific Coast Deanery's parishes and missions. The dates our Hierarchs visited, and the services where they participated are mentioned in the reports of each parish and mission separately.
Ten priests of the Pacific Coast Deanery received the title of “Archpriests”
On March 21st , 2007, at the proposal of His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America awarded the title of “Archpriest” to 40 bro ther priests of ROEA, among whom 10 belong to the Pacific Coast Deanery. Congratulations!
“Ars Carminis” from Romania visited the PC Deanery
Having the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, “ Ars Carminis ”, a caroling group from the Theological University of Bucharest Romania, visited many of the parishes and missions of the Pacific Coast Deanery, performing Christmas programs, before, during, and after the Feast Day of the Holy Nativity 2006. The arrangements were made by Fr. Cosmin Vints, parish priest of St. Mary's Church in Portland, OR, to whom we express our deepestthanks and gratitude.
St. Mary's Summer Camp for the Northwest Youth
(August 27th – September 3rd , 2006)
For the second year in a row, Fr. Cosmin Vint, parish priest of St. Mary's parish in Portland OR, closely supported by Fr. Ioan Catana, parish priest of Three Hierarchs parish in Seattle WA, organized a very successful “Northwest Summer Camp for Orthodox Young Adults”, between August 27th – September 3rd , 2007, in Goldendale, WA.
Over 50students were in attendance. The official opening took place in the presence of His Grace Bishop Irineu (Details: “Solia” Sept/Oct, 2006, pp 20-21).
Orthodox Bible Bowl tournament in Sou thern California
It has become a tradition for the Orthodox Clergy (council) in Sou thern California to organize a Bible and Church History Tournament at the beginning of December each year.
On Saturday, December 2nd , from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm, the tournament was held at St. John's Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim. Junior and Senior higher-aged young people (grades 6 to 12) from over 30 parishes and missions of our various jurisdictions in Sou thern California, including ROEA, participated in the tournament.
Sketch of PC Deanery's Parishes and Missions
St. John the Baptist Church , Glendale, AZ - V. Rev. Fr. Alin Munteanu, Parish Priest. Attached priests: V. Rev. Fr. Filimon Barbos, Rev. Fr. William John Clark , V. Rev. Fr. Gheorghe Libotean, V. Rev. Fr. Vasile Parau, V. Rev. Fr. Virgil Suciu.
Services were held in both: Romanian, by V. Rev. Fr. Alin Munteanu, parish priest and English, by Fr. William John Clark, and V. Rev. Fr. Filimon Barbos, assistants.
Hierarchical Visits: Hierarchical Divine Liturgies by His Grace Bishop Irineu on Christmas Day, December 25th , and St. Stephan's Day, December 27th , 2006.
On Thursday December 15th , 2006, “Ars Carminis” a caroling group from Romania performed a Christmas Carols program, in the church's hall, with good turnout and participation.
Web site: http://www.orthodox-glendale.org/
St. Parascheva Mission , Phoenix, AZ - Rev. Fr. Gabriel Bulz, newly appointed Parish Priest.
Hierarchical visits: December 24th , 2006, Visit and Hierarchical Liturgy by His Grace Bishop Irineu.
The new parish priest Fr. Gabriel Bulz, and the mission's faithful, are dedicated to holding regular services and attracting more members to the mission.
Falling Asleep of the Ever-Virgin Mary Church , Anaheim, CA – Very Rev. Fr. Cornel Avramescu, Parish Priest.
Short history: The first service was held by Fr. Cornel Avramescu at St Paul Episcopal Church in Tustin CA, in March 1985, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate. The number of parishioners grew every year since.
By 1989 they contributed to purchasing a property in Anaheim, on which the construction of our Church began. By the year 1996, the Church building was erected.
Hierarchical visits: On Holy Saturday 2006, His Grace Bishop Irineu celebrated Pascha, presiding at the Holy Resurrection (midnight Service). Also, on Friday & Saturday, August 11th - 12th , 2006 – His Grace Bishop Irineu presided over the Feast-day celebrations (hram).
On Sunday, December 17th 2006, with the blessings of HE Archbishop Nathaniel, His Grace Bishop Sofronie of Gyula, future bishop of Oradea, pontificated the Hierarchical Liturgy, followed by a Christmas concert by “Ars Carminis”, a caroling group also from Romania.
With the iconography almost completed, arrangements were sought with His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel to be make provisions for the consecration of the Church.
Web page: http://tinyurl.com/278wsv
St. John the Evangelist Mission , Claremont, CA – V. Rev. dr. Catalin Mitescu, administrator.
In 1985, then H.G. Bishop Nathaniel (presently: His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel) gave His Blessing to have the St. John the Evangelist Mission established as an “Orthodox presence” at the Claremont Colleges. Although services are very rarely officiated on the campus, the existence ofthis mission is appreciated by the faculty and Orthodoxstudents of various Church affiliations.
Holy Resurrection Church , Hayward, CA – On August 1st , 2006, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel appointed Fr. Gabriel Curpene as the new parish priest of the Holy Resurrection parish in Hayward, California.
The priest and the faithful are dedicated to holding regular services and attracting more members. His Grace Bishop Irineu visited the parish and pontificated the Hierarchical Liturgy on Lazarus Saturday and Sunday of the Lord's triumphal entry into Jerusalem of the Lord (April 14th and 15th , 2006 respectively).
Holy Trinity Church, Los Angeles , CA – V. Rev. Fr. Constantin Alecse, Parish Priest; Rev. Fr. Virgil Anton (September 2004) attached.
At the Descent of the Holy Spirit Chapel (attached to the Holy Trinity parish), the services are held entirely in English by Fr. Virgil Anton, for the non-Romanian speaking faithful, adults and children alike.
The parish publishes a “ Viata Crestina ” magazine every trimester (in printed and electronic format).
The parish has continued to encounter obstacles from the City of Los Angeles, which has delayed the building project: Details - http://OrthodoxNet.org .
A forum titled “ Biserica.org ” (English and Romanian), with a “Weekly Digest” is sent during 2006/2007 to over 6,000 e-mail recipients (over 1,700 separate postings, dealing with: Community A nnouncements, Orthodox Q & A, Church History and Orthodox Teachings, Apologetics, Church's Sacramental Life, The Church in the World, Traditional, Social and Progressive Issues, Miscellaneous Topics, etc).
On Easter Sunday, April 23rd 2006, His Grace Bishop Irineu celebrated the Paschal Great Vespers Service (“The Second Resurrection”), and attended the Easter Banquet, offered by the parish.
On Thursday, February 8th , 2007, while visiting Sou thern California, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel had a meeting with Fr. Constantin (dean of the Pacific Coast Deanery). The focus of the meeting were matters regarding the obstacles the Holy Trinity parish has encountered regarding its building program, as well as an assessment of the overall situation of the deanery's parishes and missions.
On Saturday, December 16th , 2006, “Ars Carminis” caroling group performed a Christmas Caroling program in the church's hall.
Web-page - http://SfantaTreime.org
Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel Church , Palm Springs, CA. Rev. Liviu Popa, parish priest and V. Rev. Fr. Silviu Vasilie, retired and attached priest.
Although the Holy Archangels parish in Palm Springs, CA, has a small number of faithful, they are very active, and under the wise guidance of the parish priest, they have achieve a lot ofthings on every level: spiritually, socially and administratively. The parish has completed the major project of building its new church, and presently awaits the consecration date from His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel.
Hierarchical visits: On January 1st , 2007, the Divine Liturgy was pontificated by His Grace Bishop Irineu.
On Saturday, February 10th 2007, the parish was honored with the visit of His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, who pontificated a Hierarchical Liturgy, and a memorial service (Saturday of the souls).
On Friday, December 15th 2006, “Ars Carminis” caroling group performed a Christmas Caroling program for the Palm Springs faithful.
St. Anne Church , Pomona, CA – V. Rev. Fr. Dr. Catalin Mitescu, Parish Priest, Rev. Andrew J Lesko, Assistant Priest, Dn Narcis Stoica, attached.
Hierarchical Visits: Saturday, December 30th , 2006, Vespers Service by His Grace Bishop Irineu. Saturday and Sunday, February 10th and 11th , 2007 respectively, Hierarchical Vespers Service, and Hierarchical Liturgy by His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, marking the 20th anniversary of the parish and 20th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood of V. Rev. Fr. Catalin Mitescu, parish priest.
Since the parish has moved to a bigger space the clergy and faithful are working towards increasing its membership, bringing in converts and attracting new faithful from the Pomona Valley's Orthodox Community.
Web-page: http://www.stanneorthodox.org .
SS. Michael and Gabriel Church , Sacramento, CA - Rev. Florin Mihalache, Parish Priest, Rev Fr. Emil Ardelean [Deacon]. The parish, with its beautifully painted church, and the enthusiasm of its clergy and lay-leadership is continuing its growth, both numerically and spiritually.
On Thursday, December 21st , 2006, “Ars Carminis” caroling group performed a Christmas Caroling program in the church's hall, with a good turnout and participation.
Holy Cross Mission, San Diego , CA – Since October 2005, when Rev. Fr. Iustin Capsa was appointed as the new pastor of Holy Cross Mission, the pastor and the faithful have done and continue doing their best to fulfill the task of spreading the Orthodox Faith in the greater San Diego Metropolitan center and surrounding areas.
Hierarchical visits: On December 31st , 2006 His Grace Bishop Irineu officiated the Divine Liturgy for the faithful of Holy Cross Mission.
Holy Cross Church, San Jose , CA - Rev. Constantin Lapustea, Parish Priest.
The Building program – The building of a new church on the property the community acquired in San Jose a few years ago has now been completed. Since the last visit (May 22nd , 2005) of His Grace, Bishop IRINEU, who celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the faithful of the Holy Cross Mission, the mission has made incredible progress: Services are held in the newly-built church. Awaiting arrival from Romania are a new iconostasis and church furniture. Church painting is now in progress and ongoing. His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, sometime in the very near future, may have to contemplate the date of consecration for the Holy Cross Church.
Guest visits: On Wednesday December 20th , 2006, “Ars Carminis” caroling group performed a Christmas Caroling program. Website: http://www.sjholycross.org
St. John The Hozevite Mission - Denver, Colorado. Established in 2004, the St. John The Hozevite Mission is shepherded by young priest, V. Rev. Fr. Gheorghe Cristian Lutas. On October 20th 2006, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel visited the mission (with the occasion of funeral home arrangements for V.Rev.Fr.Constantin Tofan). The mission has alreadystarted a building project.
Falling Asleep of the Ever-Virgin Mary Mission , Las Vegas, NV - Rev. Danut Palanceanu
The parish priest, Rev. Fr. Danut Palanceanu, and the new parish council, toge ther making a very active team, are doing their best to progress with their arrangements for building a church and a parish hall on their new acquired property.
Hierarchical Visits: During January 6th and 7th , 2007 (Epiphany & St. John's Feastdays respectively), Divine Liturgies by His Grace Bishop Irineu.
On Tuesday, December 19th , 2006, the Theological Chorale “Ars Carminis” was scheduled to perform a Christmas Caroling program.
Nativity of the Lord Mission , Albuquerque, NM. The mission was established in 2003, and was shepherded by V. Rev. Fr. Gabriel Bulz until 2006, when he moved to Phoenix, AZ. Presently, the mission is in need of a permanent priest to carry on its administrative duties and sacramental functions.
Descent of the Holy Spirit Church , Oregon City, OR - Under the leadership of V. Rev. Fr. Vasile Muntean, the faithful of the community of “The Descent of the Holy Spirit”, had, since January 2002,started the building of a “Putna” replica Church in Oregon City.
The parish, having completedthis building project in 2005, made tentative arrangements for consecration on the 16th -17th weekend in June, 2006.
However, due to unforeseen circumstances (pastor's medical health), the consecration date had to be postponed for sometime in September 2007. Fur ther details will follow. For the same reasons, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel appointed Rev Fr Marius Dinca, as an assistant to V. Rev. Fr. Vasile Muntean, founder and parish priest ofthis church.
On Sunday December 24th , 2006 (in the evening on Christmas Eve), the Theological Chorale “Ars Carminis” performed a wonderful Christmas Caroling program at the Descent of the Holy Spirit Church.
Falling Asleep of the Ever-Virgin Mary Church , Portland, OR – After the consecration of the church, on the weekend of April 28th -29th , 2006, Fr. Cosmin Vint initiated new projects for the church and its community.
Between August 26th - September 3rd , 2006, the parish patronized the “Northwest Summer Church Camp for the Youth”. Onthis occasion, His Grace Bishop Irineu pontificated the Hierarchical Liturgy on Sunday, August 27th and September 3rd , and attended most of the sessions of the Camp (Details: “Solia” Sept/Oct, 2006, pp 20-21).
On Saturday, December 23rd , 2006, “Ars Carminis” a caroling group, invited by the parish from Romania, performed a Christmas Caroling program, in the church's hall, with exceptionally good turnout and participation.
Also, on Sunday December 24th , 2006 (Christmas Eve), “Ars Carminis” gave the Liturgical responses at the Divine Liturgy.
On Sunday, December 31st , 2006 (New Year's Eve), and Monday, January 1st , 2007 (The New Year's Feast-day) “Ars Carminis” once again gave the Liturgical responses at the Divine Liturgy,thus concluding its “2006 Nativity Message Trip” in the USA.
Web-page: http://www.sfantamaria.org ; Church Bulletin “Cuvantul Romanesc” (printed & virtual presentation).
Three Hierarchs Mission , Seattle – Rev. Ioan Catana, Parish Priest - Building program: In the last few years, the parish has focused on building astrong community. The parish offers a monthly bulletin “Cuvantul”, in printed edition as well as on the Internet (click here: http://thh.civicspaceondemand.org/ro ).
Arrangements were carefully made, by Fr. Catana and the parish council, to have the “ground-breaking” ceremonial, officiated by His Grace Bishop Irineu, on the weekend of June 18th -20th , 2006. (Details: http://tinyurl.com/3auacb ).
Between August 26th -September 3rd , 2006this parish, toge ther with St. Mary's parish in Portland OR, patronized the “Northwest Summer Church Camp for the Youth” (Details: “Solia” Sept/Oct, 2006, pp 20-21).
On Monday, December 25th , 2006 (Christmas Day), the Theological Chorale “Ars Carminis” performed a wonderful Christmas Caroling program for the faithful of Three Hierarchs Church in Seattle. Web-page: http://www.ortodox.org .
During 2006-2007 (up to present), most of our deanery parishes and missions have been visited by our Episcopate's beloved Hierarchs (HE Archbishop Nathaniel and HG Bishop Irineu) to whom we bring our offerings ofthanks and gratitude.
Finally, we wish tothank the dedicated faithful of our parishes and missions for the sacrifices they have made to support their churches, and, in many cases, undertaking great responsibilities to build new ones. We alsothank the Almighty God for protecting our Episcopate and parishes, and giving our Episcopate dedicated priests to fulfill their calling in God's vineyard.
Submitted by V. Rev. Fr. Constantin Alecse, Dean
2007-2008 DEANERY BUDGET
Parishes and Missions yearly contributions:
St. John the Baptist (Glendale/parish) $ 100.00
St. Paraskeva (Phoenix/mission) $ 50.00
St. Mary (Anaheim/parish) $ 100.00
St. Anne/ (Pomona Valley/parish) $ 100.00
St.John the Evangelist (Claremont/mission) $ 50.00
Holy Resurrection (Hayward/parish) $ 100.00
Holy Trinity (Los Angeles/parish) $ 100.00
Holy Archangels (Palm Springs/mission) $ 50.00
Holy Archangels (Sacramento/parish) $ 100.00
Holy Cross (San Jose/mission) $ 50.00
Holy Cross (San Diego/mission) $ 50.00
St. Mary (mission) $ 50.00
Holy Nativity mission $ 50.00
Descent of the Holy Spirit (Oregon City/mission) $ 50.00
St. Mary (Portland/parish) $ 100.00
Three Hierarchs (Seattle/mission) $ 50.00
Sub-total: $ 1,150.00
II. Priests and parishes special contributions
Sub-total: $ 600.00
III. Special events/dinners, mission appeals, etc.
Sub-total: $ 500.00
IV. O ther contributions
Sub-total: $ 450.00
TOTAL (INCOME) $ 2,600.00
Department of Missions
ROEA headquarters $ 2,000.00
Sub-total: $ 2,000.00
Telephone $ 0.00
Printing/Stationary $ 0.00
Mail/Postage $ 0.00
Office expenses $ 0.00
Sub-total: $ 0.00
(web pages: deanery, parishes events)
Web pages designing:
Deanery $ 0.00
Parishes/Missions $ 0.00
Server hosting $ 0.00
Search Engine fees $ 0.00
Sub-total: $ 0.00
Sub-total: $ 600.00
TOTAL (EXPENSES) $ 2,600.00
Faithfully submitted, V. Rev. Fr. Constantin Alecse, Dean
Arhivă: Din activităţile parohiilor şi misiunilor protoieriei