News From Around
Orthodox North America
• Ottawa, Canada
Bishop Irenee (Rochon) was consecrated as the Bishop of Quebec City and the new auxiliary for Archbishop Seraphim of Canada on Thursday, October 1st, at the Archdiocesan Cathedral in Ottawa. Ten Orthodox Bishops, led by Metropolitan Jonah, assisted in the consecration of the new hierarch. These included OCA Archbishops Nathaniel and Seraphim, OCA Bishops Benjamin, Tikhon and Melchizedek, as well as Archbishop Sotirios of Toronto (Ecumenical Patriarchate in Canada), Bishop Alexander of Montreal (Antiochian Archdiocese), Bishop Meletii (Ukrainian Orthodox Church) and Bishop Job (Moscow Patriarchate in Canada).
• Englewood, New Jersey
The Antiochian Archdiocese will see a series of important meetings held in the next two weeks. The Synod of Antioch meets in Damascus next week to select a new Metropolitan of Tripoli ( Lebanon) According to reports Metropolitan Philip has been promoting the candidacy of Bishop Alexander, the Bishop of Montreal to fill the vacancy. The Local Synod of the Archdiocese will meet on Friday, October 16th in Houston. The Archdiocesan Board of Trustees meeting begins that same evening and continues to the following day, Saturday October 17th.
Among the major issues facing the Board of Trustees are two matters raised at the recent General Convention in Palm Desert in July. The first concerns the following resolution which was adopted by the Convention:
“RESOLVED, THAT the Board of Trustees, by December 1 of this year, establish an official Constitutional Reconciliation Committee consisting of no fewer than three members appointed by the Local Synod and headed by a bishop selected by the Local Synod to draft an Archdiocesan Constitution that is consistent with New York law and in a form acceptable to the Holy Synod of Antioch. Such Committee shall give a progress report at each Board of Trustees meeting until the resulting Constitution is approved by the members of the Archdiocese.”
The second matter concerns a full, independent audit of Archdiocesan finances. A formal resolution towards this end was not allowed at the convention.
• Kansas City, KS.
The OCA's Diocese of the Midwest will hold its annual Diocesan Assembly Tuesday October 8 - Wednesday October 9 in Overland Park, near Kansas City. Among the topics to be discussed will be the diocesan strategic plan, as well as preparations to begin an episcopal search in view of Archbishop Job’s announced retirement.
Meanwhile, the Diocese of the South’s episcopal search committee, composed of the Chancellor and the Deans, will meet again this month to continue their process for a new hierarch for that Diocese.
In related news, among the as yet unannounced decisions of the Metropolitan Council was the granting of a partial scholarship from the OCA’s theological fund, to Archimandrite Gerasim, formerly the abbot of Platina, to attend St. Vladimir’s Seminary this coming year. Following his year of study the Archimandrite will be sent to Alaska so as to allow the Diocese “to get to know him”, before he is put forth as a candidate for that See.
The Archimandrite is not totally unknown in Alaska, though. Prior to his service as Abbot, he was in charge of Platina’s attempts to build several large buildings at Monk’s Lagoon, the site of St. Herman’s hermitage, so as to create a “New Valaam” monastery. The monastery was built without the knowledge or approval of the Ouzinkie Native Corporation, the owners of Monk’s Lagoon, who eventually evicted the Platina monks.