Directions From Major Routes
Via I-476 (PA Turnpike NE Extension) from Philadelphia
After paying your toll ticket at the Wyoming Valley Plaza, stay on the Turnpike until the next toll plaza (requires a 50 cent fee), exit immediately after toll booth to the Keyser Avenue / Old Forge Exit. At stop sign on Union Ave until junction with Oak St (Soyona's Quick Mart and gas station is at this intersection). Make a left onto Oak St and follow it around until Church St, make a left on Church and travel to the corner of Church & Winter Streets where the Church will be on your left and our parking lot will be on our right. NOTE: There are directions signs mounted on the telephone poles at the corner of Oak & Keyser and Oak & Church pointing you towards the church.
From 81 Northbound from Harrisburg
Take Rout 81 to exit 180 (Moosic). Follow signs to a light in Moosic, and turn right. Go one block to a "Convenient Mart". Turn right onto Moosic Rd and follow into Old Forge. At light, make a right, then an immediate left onto Oak St. Go 4 blocks to Church St. Turn right at Church St and go to top of hill where Church and Winter Sts intersect.
From 81 Southbound from New York
Exit off Route 81 at exit 182B (Davis Street exit). Make a right at the Stop sign at top of ramp; go straight through 3 more lights (about 1.5 miles, known as the Minooka Section of Scranton). At the fourth light (in the boro of Taylor), turn left onto Main St and follow into Old Forge (about 1.5 miles). At Vine St (across from the Steward Memorial Chapel), turn right onto Vine and go straight to Church St (second stop sign, must go right or left). Turn right onto Church St and follow for 2 blocks. The Church is located at the corner of Church and Winter Sts.
James (Iakovos) the Apostle, brother of Our Lord
The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
St. Michael Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon), Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Old Forge and the local area.
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