Hierarchical Concelebrations, Synodal Meeting, and Clergy Conference

GOC Clergy Conference 2023

On Sunday, October 9/22, Hierarchs gathered together for a concelebration at the Cathedral of Saint Markella, in Astoria, New York.

Presiding at the Divine Liturgy was His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius of America, the President of the Eparchial Synod. Concelebrating with His Eminence were Metropolitans Chrysostomos of Attika and Boetia and Photios of Demetrias, and Bishops Auxentios of Etna and Portland and Maximus of Pelagonia.

After the concelebration, a presentation was made by His Eminence Bishop Auxentios, concerning the Theological School of Saint Photios the Great, in Etna, California.

After the presentation, His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius took the two bishops from Greece, together with those who traveled with them, to the Sacred Monastery of Saint John of San Francisco, in Cobleskill, New York.

The visitors from Greece were also taken to Novo Diveyevo Convent, and the Holy Trinity Monastery, in Jordanville, NY, to venerate the tomb of Saint Philaret, Blessed Archbishop Andrei, and other holy figures of the ROCOR.

Next, they went to the Clergy Conference which took place in Boston, at the Cathedral of Saint Mark of Ephesus. There, they met with many clergy. Before the conference began, there was a session of the Eparchial Synod.

Glory to God, all of the meetings went very well.

In the morning of Sunday October 16/29, His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius served the Divine Liturgy with Metropolitan Chrysostomos, Metropolitan Photios, Metropolitan Moses, Bishop Auxentios, Bishop Christodoulos, and Bishop Maximus. The Hierarchs then took a picture of the Eparchial Synod.

We give thanks to God for His many blessings. Let us all pray for His Eminence, and the Sacred Eparchial Synod.

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