Communiqué of the Board of Administration

“The truth shall make you free” Jn 8,32

As the Board of Administration of Syndesmos, we are astonished and saddened by the news about Fr. Christophe D’Aloisio’s suspension from the priestly ministry.

Fr. Christophe served in Syndesmos in different functions for more than a decade. The General Assemblies in 2003 (Albania) and in 2009 (Greece) trusted him with the leadership of our Fellowship. No longer than a year ago he was blessed to participate in the General Assembly in Romania to pass on this ministry to us. His approach to this work was always thorough and caring for the good of the Church. We know Fr. Christophe as a caring pastor and an assiduous and reliable colleague.

We apprehend this decision was hastened and sense that the situation leading to such a heavy sanction lacks clarity and transparency, which are vital when dealing with pastoral issues. An abrupt and unexplained decision to ban an esteemed pastor from performing his duties can only add bitterness to the feelings of the faithful and disappointment to younger believers. We believe that this issue has to be approached with the care “for the stability of the holy churches of God, and for the unity of all” as we pray in every liturgy.

This decision was taken in the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe. The Archdiocese with its great tradition of theological thinking and applied conciliarity, which is the founding principle of Syndesmos, occupies a unique place in the worldwide Orthodoxy. Therefore, we feel closely connected to the Archdiocese and hope for the speedy restoration of peace and trust within this ecclesial community. 

Visit of the board to Athens


From the 26th to the 29th of June 2015, two members of the board of administration of Syndesmos (Olga Oleinik and Jean Rehbinder) visited Athens in order to move the archives of Syndesmos from the building of the Symantro Foundation to a temporary storage. We would like to thank the Symantro Foundation for having hosted faithfully the general secretary and the archives for many years. We wish all success to the new initiative of the Foundation for the rooms made available during the visit, which will be used to host students in need, and salute this effort in the difficult times for the greek economy




The visit was the occasion to meet with local member movements of Syndesmos and thus put into practice the recommendation of the last General Assembly of 2014 to reconnect with the members movements. Representatives of three Athenian movements (XFE, St. Gerasimos Youth Center and EPALXIS) were able to join and share about the rich life of these organisations. We could also share about the current situation and challenges faced by Syndesmos and invited the movements to encourage their youth to participate in the next International Youth Festival in Suprasl, Poland.


International Youth Festival 2015

This year gathering will be held around the theme:


Attaining Conciliarity

"For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." (Mat 18,20)

A theme at the core of the mission of Syndesmos : Conciliarity and Unity. The Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church to be held in Constantinople in 2016 reminds us of the importance of this theme for the whole Church.

The event will take place from 25th to 30th August. On 29th and 30th August participants are invited to the 35th anniversary of the Fellowship of Orthodox youth in Poland.

The International Youth Festival is open to Christian youth from all countries.
The programme consists in conferences, discussions, prayer as well as informal times like an intercultural evening.
Participants from various countries will have the opportunity to experience the unity of the Church, sharing their faith and the joy of being together.

Useful information

Venue: Suprasl Academy (AKADEMIA SUPRASKA), Supraśl (Poland) 
Proposed route: via Warsaw Chopin Airport then connection WARSAW – BIAŁYSTOK – SUPRAŚL (Train and Bus)

Registration fee: 120 €
Bursaries may be available on a case by case basis, on application to the preparation committee (syndesmos@syndesmos.org).
N.B. This amount includes: food and accommodation in Suprasl.
It does not include: transportation from and to your home country, visa costs and insurance.

Arrivals: 24th August; departures: 31th August


Application

Please send your applications by 07 June 2015 to syndesmos@syndesmos.org : download application form 

Post-deadline applications will be considered until the 1st of July 2015.

Participants needing visas are encouraged to send their applications early.

XIXth General Assembly, 7-12 August 2014 - Neamt, Romania




The World Fellowship

SYNDESMOS

Of Orthodox Youth

Paris, 6th February 2014


To Syndesmos Member Movements,
care of the respective Regional Representatives






Esteemed Representatives of Syndesmos Member Movements,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the joyful time of the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord, World Day of Orthodox Youth, we are honoured to invite you to the XIXth General Assembly of Syndesmos – the World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth, which will be held in Neamt, Romania, under the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Teofan of Moldova, from 7th to 12th August 2014, with the following agenda:

-Administrative Reports (General Secretariat, Board of Administration, Audit Committee)
-Discharge of the outgoing Board and election of a new Board and a new Audit Committee
-Policy guidelines for the next term
-Miscellaneous

Each Member Movement is kindly requested to send one official Delegate to the Assembly.
We would be grateful to receive, until 6th April 2014, the name and data of the Delegate who will be in charge of the representation of your Movement.

Further information about the programme and the accommodation will be sent to the Delegates upon reception of their data.

Wishing you God’s blessing and a fruitful year 2014,

Rev. Christophe D’Aloisio,
President


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In Memoriam

Syndesmos - the World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth announces with deep sorrow the passing away, Tuesday 10th September 2013, of Albert Laham at the age of 89, who has been actively involved in Syndesmos since the foundation of the Fellowship.
Throughout all his life, Albert Laham served the Church of Christ, in various positions. He will remain alive in our memories as a man of dialogue and a witness of hope.
Albert Laham served in Syndesmos as a Vice-President for 6 years (1958-1964) and as a President for 13 years (1964-1977). After his term and until the end of his life, he remained a strong and faithful support to all Syndesmos initiatives.
All of us remember his brilliant theological spirit and his joyful presence in the XVIIth General Assembly, in Durres, Albania.
May the Lord remember his faithful servant Albert in his Kingdom now and ever and to the ages of ages.
Memory Eternal !

On behalf of the Fellowship,
Fr. Christophe D'Aloisio,
president

This year we have two events and it is possible to participate in both of them.
You'll find them just under this post.
For the festival in Romania please send post dead-line applications until  May 31st.
For the festival in Crete you still have until June 15th.

We are waiting for you with plenty of joy! Don't hesitate to send your application.

Syndesmos Festival Crete 2012


NEW: download the programme of the event!       
Are there lines between Psychology and the Orthodox faith converging? What about psychotherapy compared to confession?  Should priests have skills in contemporary psychology? Does Psychology challenge the legacy of Church Fathers? Is Psychology the heir to Christian Spirituality? What is the impact of contemporary psychology in the life of the Orthodox Church? Which psyche for the theologian and which psyche for the psychologist? …
       The above questions and others are the ones which are going to be discussed during the Festival in Crete the Syndesmos International Event in Crete, from 28 Aug. to 2 Sept. 2012. We are going to share our thoughts and questions with priests, psychiatrists, psychologists and professors. During this six-day period we are going to share the joy of Christ at the beautiful facilities of the camp “Saint-Paul” of the Holy Diocese of Kydonias (Akrotiri, Chania).  The program will include keynote speeches, discussions in small groups, workshops, role-playing games and common prayer. Moreover, there will be spare time for singing, playing, walking, having a swim in the sea, visiting some picturesque places and relaxing.
          Most of participants of past Syndesmos events can witness of the personal enrichment that you can get and the joy you can live in participating. Indeed, Syndesmos events are a unique occasion to get to know and bound real friendship with young orthodox people from a very wide variety of places, churches, societies, cultures, etc.
        At the end of the event, we will have the opportunity to participate in the Divine Liturgy at the new Monastery of the Transfiguration, which will be celebrated by H.A.H. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople who will come for the inauguration of the new church of the Monastery.

Practical information

Venue: The Orthodox Camp ‘Saint-Paul’ is not far from the airport of Chania (CHQ) with many low-cost and normal flights everyday from all over the world. There is also an airport in Heraklion (HER) and then you can catch the bus to Chania. You can also arrive in Athens and then take the ferry-boat from Piraeus to Chania. Finally, if you are coming from the Balkans, you can arrive by train to Athens and then take the ferry-boat.

Registration fee: 100 € (-40€ to be prepaid just after the comfirmation of your registration)
This amount includes: meals, accommodation and local transport.
The fee does not include: transportation from and to your home country, visa costs and any insurance.
    Bursaries may be available on a case by case basis, on application to the preparatory committee (creta2012@syndesmos.org).  Donations to sponsor the event are most welcome!

Arrivals:  Tuesday 28th August
Departures: Sunday 2nd September evening or 3rd September in the morning.

Applications until June 15 2012 to: creta2012@syndesmos.org Download application form.

Feel free to print and spread the poster of the event, downloadable as a pdf.