Chicago, IL--The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America convened its sixth annual meeting Tuesday, September 15 in Chicago, IL with 45 hierarchs in attendance. The day began with a celebration of the Divine Liturgy at St John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, IL.
Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman of the Assembly, opened the meeting. His remarks can be read here in their entirety. General business followed, including acceptance of the minutes from Assembly V, a financial report from the Assembly’s treasurer, Metropolitan Antony, and brief reports from the Secretary of the Assembly, Bishop Basil, and the Chairman of the Committees, Bishop Maxim. Metropolitan Antony reported that a budget shortfall is expected and expressed his hope that the hierarchs would seek donations from the faithful to meet the shortfall. Bishop Maxim called attention to the committees that have been particularly active to-date: Agencies and Endorsed Organizations, Canonical Regional Planning, Ecumenical Relations, Financial Affairs, Legal Affairs, Pastoral Practice, Monastic Communities, and Youth.
Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, visited the church of Saint John the Baptist in Paterson, on 10 September 2015
His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of East America welcomed Patriarch Irinej and Bishops Justin of Zicha and Maxim of Western America. A large congregation expressed their joy at meeting the Patriarch at the Doxology that was served by the principal of the church protopresbyter Vladislav Radujkovic and protodeacon Damjan Bozic. The principal of this church delivered a welcome speech. His Holiness addressed the present bishops, clergy and the faithful.
On 11 September 2011, on the feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Holy Great Martyr George at Elisabeth.
He was concelebrated by Their Graces Bishops Nicholai of Manhattan (the Russian Orthodox Church), Mitrophan of East America, Justin of Zica and Maxim of Western America, as well as by a great number of Orthodox priests from New York.
Friday, September 11, 2015 - On Friday, September 11, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., His Holiness Patriarch of Serbia Irinej will be serving the Divine Liturgy at Saint George Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Following the Divine Liturgy, at 1:00 p.m., a formal luncheon will be served in the church hall. For more information, please, call the church office in Elizabeth at (908) 265-0585. At 5:00 p.m., at the Academy of Saint Vladimir in Yonkers (575 Scarsdale Road, Yonkers, NY), His Holiness Patriarch Irinej will be decorated with the honorary doctorate in Theological Studies.
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - On Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., His Holiness Patriarch of Serbia Irinej will be celebrating the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of Saint Sava in New York. Concelebrants will be the host Bishop Mitrofan, Bishop Maksim of the Western Diocese, Bishops from Serbia, and other Orthodox jurisdiction and the clergy. We will greet the Patriarch with the procession at 9:30 a.m., in front of the Cathedral on the 25th Street. After the Divine Liturgy, at 1:00 p.m., a formal luncheon for the Patriarch and the guests will be served in the church hall. For more information, please, call Saint Sava’s church office at (212) 242-9240.
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - On Sunday, September 13, 2015, the guests Bishops will join the host Bishop Mitrofan for the Divine Liturgy at the Church of Saint John the Baptist in Paterson, NJ, at 10:00 a.m. Following the Divine Liturgy, luncheon will be served at the church hall. For additional information, please, contact the church office in Paterson at (646) 808-9554. We ask all Washington Deanery parishioners to take part in these solemn celebrations of his Holiness’ visit.
Blessed with excellent weather after many weeks of rain, St. Stevan of Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church in Columbus, Ohio, hosted their most successful annual Serbian Festival yet on Saturday, July 25. Held year after year on the last Saturday in July, the Festival’s venue has always been outdoors on the church grounds; so we always pray for good weather and, as usual, God answers our prayers!