Author: Staff

(WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced on Friday that a Lackawanna County youth group leader was arrested for sexually abusing a child. According to AG Shapiro, Matthew Stephan Romanchak, 29, of Mayfield, was charged with unlawful contact with a minor, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, and criminal use of a communication facility. Romanchak […]

Author: Staff

Contact: PRESS OFFICE Stavros Papagermanos pressoffice@goarch.org September 5, 2019 NEW YORK –  The implementation and enforcement of the Policies for the Safety of Children and Youth take another step forward towards the goal of ensuring that every ministry and event is physically, emotionally, and spiritually safe and healthy for the children of all Greek Orthodox […]

Author: Staff

MAYFIELD, LACKAWANNA CO. (WOLF) — 29-year-old Matthew Romanchak of Mayfield was arrested for soliciting, who he thought, was a 14-year-old male child. On August 23, police say Romanchak was using a social media site where his age was listed as 29 on his profile. An undercover cop played the role of a 14-year-old and began […]

Author: Jeff Horvath

Thirty people sat around a family table on a cold Christmas Eve in January, holding their spoons. Under the table was a bed of hay, a symbol of the Christmas manger. Soon, the first dishes of a holiday feast — pierogie, sauerkraut, beet soup — would begin to circulate around it. The grandmother handed the […]

Author: Staff

On Wednesday, August 14, a one-year “window to justice” will open in New York state, allowing those who had been sexually abused but had their cases barred by the statute of limitations a chance to file a civil lawsuit. This is an exciting opportunity for survivors to get a chance at justice, but can also […]

Author: Melanie Jula Sakoda

Early last month, Father Ioannis Maridakis was apparently taken into the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia as priest and assigned to the Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in Phoenix, Arizona. However, on July 23, 2019, the reception was withdrawn because of “serious allegations” leveled against the priest that “require an investigation.” A copy […]

Author: Staff

New York, London, July 15, 2019 Last November, Fr. Mark Tyson left the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese (ACROD), a jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in America, and joined the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) due to his concerns over the Patriarchate’s invasion of Ukrainian Church territory. He was soon followed by Fr. […]

Author: Melanie Sakoda

Today was the 7th anniversary of Scott Nevin’s tragic suicide. The former monk killed himself just outside of Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Monastery in Florence, Arizona. Cappy and I extend our deepest sympathy to Scott’s family and friends. May they find comfort in their unimaginable grief. Sadly, nothing has changed in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. […]

Author: Kathryn Varn

Koumianos Hatzileris faces two counts of sexual battery in connection with an incident May 27 at his Tarpon Springs home, police said. A 71-year-old retired priest accused this week of sexual battery had been arrested 20 years ago in a prostitution sting, according to police. In July 1999, Clearwater police arrested Koumianos Hatzileris on a […]