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« Reply #180 on: April 18, 2008, 11:14:47 PM »

Mr. Gibbs, like so many westerners, misstated the date of Pascha for Orthodox Christians.

If Mark Stokoe surmises this is a progressive action for change in episcopal leadership for the Diocese of Alaska, it probably will be so.  God Save the Diocese of Alaska.  Kali Evthomatha; May the faithful of this God-kept diocese have a good week.
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« Reply #181 on: May 02, 2008, 05:04:32 PM »

http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?s=8258269

Russian Orthodox bishop leaving Alaska

Bishop Nikolai Soraich (KTUU-TV)
 
by Sean Doogan
Thursday, May 1, 2008

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The leader of the Alaska Russian Orthodox Church said he is stepping down, and will leave the state within a week.

For months, Bishop Nikolai Soraich has been at the center of a growing divide within the Alaska church.

After seven years in the state, some parishioners asked church officials for his removal.

Thursday, Bishop Nikolai said he is leaving, so the Alaska church may heal, and move forward.

"I'm going to be leaving Alaska and taking some time to visit family and friends whom I've neglected for the last seven years since I've been in Alaska," Nikolai said.

When he first arrived in Alaska, he was welcomed by local church members.

But a growing divide within the church forced some to ask for the bishop's removal earlier this year.

"When I came here the diocese was divided and that was because of the bishop prior to me," Nikolai said. "And to divide or to continue to allow that division to be here, I just don't think it's the right thing to do, and sometimes you need to go where you can be appreciated for your talents and your efforts."

Since his arrival, the bishop says he has increased by half the number of clergy in Alaska.

"We put St. Innocent of Irkusk here because of the historical value of the museum," Nikolai said.   

At the Downtown Anchorage Museum he helped build, the bishop says, despite his departure he still cares about the Alaska church.

"And that I will still pray for them and ask for their prayers for me too in these difficult times," Nikolai said.

He said he will take a leave of absence from the church - and travel the west coast to visit family and friends before deciding where he will go next.

Nikolai said he does not know who will replace him.

He said the head of the Western Diocese, Bishop Benjamin will come to Anchorage either Thursday or Friday to assess the situation.

Perhaps a sign of the divide within the church here: Bishop Nikolai said he wasn't told the travel itinerary of Bishop Benjamin - even though the two leaders will be in Anchorage at the same time, before Nikolai leaves the state, perhaps for good.

Contact Sean Doogan at sdoogan@ktuu.com
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« Reply #182 on: May 13, 2008, 06:49:09 PM »

OCA Holy Synod issues statements on Diocese of Alaska at 2008 Spring Meeting

Article posted: 5/13/2008 5:36 PM   
   
SYOSSET, NY [OCA Communications] -- The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, meeting at the OCA Chancery in Oyster Bay Cove, NY, May 13 to 15, 2008, has issued the following statements concerning the Diocese of Alaska.

"The Holy Synod of Bishops, meeting at its full, regular Spring Session, reviewed the Leave-of-absence of His Grace, NIKOLAI, Bishop of Sitka, Anchorage, and Alaska, in accordance with the request of Bishop NIKOLAI that this be reviewed at the May Session, rather than at the October Session. The Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America, meeting at the Chancery in Oyster Bay Cove, New York, effective May 13, 2008, retired His Grace Bishop NIKOLAI (Soraich) from the Diocese of Alaska, with the title 'Former Bishop of Sitka.' He remains, in retirement, a Bishop of the Orthodox Church in America."

"The Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America, meeting at its regular Spring Session on May 13, 2008, heard the correspondence from His Grace, Bishop NIKOLAI, on April 14, 2008, to His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN, regarding the transfer of Archimandrite Isidore (Brittain) and Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Erickson) to His Grace, IRINEJ, Bishop of Australia, and New Zealand, of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Holy Synod of Bishops declared these transfers of no effect, since a diocesan bishop cannot release a cleric beyond The Orthodox Church in America, without involving the Metropolitan directly, in accordance with the Statute of The Orthodox Church in America, Article VI, Section 4e. They remain clerics of The Orthodox Church in America, and of the Diocese of Alaska."

"The Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America declared on May 13, 2008, that the Diocese of Alaska is vacant."

"The Holy Synod of Bishops named His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of Alaska."

"The Holy Synod of Bishops named His Grace, Bishop BENJAMIN, Administrator of the Diocese of Alaska."

"The Holy Synod of Bishops, recognizing the pressing need of the Diocese of Alaska, and at the same time the canonical limitations on the administration of a 'widowed' diocese, nevertheless acknowledged that His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN, and His Grace, Bishop BENJAMIN, may exercise economia for the purpose of developing the needed good order."

http://www.oca.org/News.asp?ID=1538&SID=19
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« Reply #183 on: May 13, 2008, 11:34:47 PM »

^ Thanks for the news blurb, Tamara.
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« Reply #184 on: May 13, 2008, 11:54:17 PM »

^ Thanks for the news blurb, Tamara.

You are welcome. I heard rumors it would end this way but I wanted to wait until it was official. St. Andrew's House offered $10,000 matching funds so that the same Alaskan priests could travel and give their report to the two bishops while they were collecting information. Those priests will be reimbursed for their travel expenses. The bishops didn't want to leave without enough evidence to force him into retirement. Have faith OCA laity...there are some bishops who are trying to make things right.
It may take some time, but I believe the tide is beginning to turn...
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« Reply #185 on: May 14, 2008, 01:38:48 AM »

Thanks.  Can't believe I didn't notice this yesterday.  Wow.

Not that I was ever too fond of Bp. Nikolai, but this is really tragic however you put it.  Lord Have Mercy.
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« Reply #186 on: May 15, 2008, 02:11:00 AM »

Thanks for the report, Tamara. It indeed brings comfort to me to know that this issue, at least, has been addressed. Lord have mercy on us all.
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« Reply #187 on: May 20, 2008, 10:30:45 PM »

A source in Alaska Diocese of OCA has described Rev. Hieromonk Yakov (Nicolai) as a very spiritual and friendly person with a great potential, as someone, who would succeed as a great Hierarch.
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« Reply #188 on: May 20, 2008, 10:32:01 PM »

Father Yakov currently serves in the Diocese, in Anchorage, AK.
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« Reply #189 on: May 25, 2008, 05:55:06 AM »

OCA Holy Synod issues statements on Diocese of Alaska at 2008 Spring Meeting

Article posted: 5/13/2008 5:36 PM   
   
SYOSSET, NY [OCA Communications] -- The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, meeting at the OCA Chancery in Oyster Bay Cove, NY, May 13 to 15, 2008, has issued the following statements concerning the Diocese of Alaska.

"The Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America, meeting at its regular Spring Session on May 13, 2008, heard the correspondence from His Grace, Bishop NIKOLAI, on April 14, 2008, to His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN, regarding the transfer of Archimandrite Isidore (Brittain) and Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Erickson) to His Grace, IRINEJ, Bishop of Australia, and New Zealand, of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Holy Synod of Bishops declared these transfers of no effect, since a diocesan bishop cannot release a cleric beyond The Orthodox Church in America, without involving the Metropolitan directly, in accordance with the Statute of The Orthodox Church in America, Article VI, Section 4e. They remain clerics of The Orthodox Church in America, and of the Diocese of Alaska."

http://www.oca.org/News.asp?ID=1538&SID=19

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Last Wednesday 21st May hierodeacon Panteleimon took up residence at Saint Sava's Serbian Orthodox monastery in Australia and Archimandrite Isidore is expected to arrive there soon.

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« Reply #190 on: May 30, 2008, 05:39:39 PM »

From what I have heard from my sources, there is no plan for Archbishop Nathaniel to leave the OCA and form a united Romanian Church. He is committed to Orthodox unity and he believes in the autocephaly of the OCA regardless of all of the problem bishops within it.

Is this still the case?
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« Reply #191 on: May 30, 2008, 07:00:37 PM »

Is this still the case?

From what I here he wants to remain in the OCA but there are immigrants in his diocese who want to leave. It still isn't clear what will happen yet.
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« Reply #192 on: May 30, 2008, 09:45:57 PM »

http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?s=8258269

Russian Orthodox bishop leaving Alaska

Bishop Nikolai Soraich (KTUU-TV)
 
by Sean Doogan
Thursday, May 1, 2008

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The leader of the Alaska Russian Orthodox Church said he is stepping down, and will leave the state within a week.

For months, Bishop Nikolai Soraich has been at the center of a growing divide within the Alaska church.

After seven years in the state, some parishioners asked church officials for his removal.

Thursday, Bishop Nikolai said he is leaving, so the Alaska church may heal, and move forward.

"I'm going to be leaving Alaska and taking some time to visit family and friends whom I've neglected for the last seven years since I've been in Alaska," Nikolai said.

When he first arrived in Alaska, he was welcomed by local church members.

But a growing divide within the church forced some to ask for the bishop's removal earlier this year.

"When I came here the diocese was divided and that was because of the bishop prior to me," Nikolai said. "And to divide or to continue to allow that division to be here, I just don't think it's the right thing to do, and sometimes you need to go where you can be appreciated for your talents and your efforts."

Since his arrival, the bishop says he has increased by half the number of clergy in Alaska.

"We put St. Innocent of Irkusk here because of the historical value of the museum," Nikolai said.   

At the Downtown Anchorage Museum he helped build, the bishop says, despite his departure he still cares about the Alaska church.

"And that I will still pray for them and ask for their prayers for me too in these difficult times," Nikolai said.

He said he will take a leave of absence from the church - and travel the west coast to visit family and friends before deciding where he will go next.

Nikolai said he does not know who will replace him.

He said the head of the Western Diocese, Bishop Benjamin will come to Anchorage either Thursday or Friday to assess the situation.

Perhaps a sign of the divide within the church here: Bishop Nikolai said he wasn't told the travel itinerary of Bishop Benjamin - even though the two leaders will be in Anchorage at the same time, before Nikolai leaves the state, perhaps for good.

Contact Sean Doogan at sdoogan@ktuu.com


I hope this brings about healing to the Alaskan Orthodox.
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« Reply #193 on: April 13, 2011, 09:31:55 PM »

Action has been taken. Bishop Nikolai has been retired, and the others who were involved were removed
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« Reply #194 on: April 15, 2011, 03:30:24 PM »

Action has been taken. Bishop Nikolai has been retired, and the others who were involved were removed
Is another bishop going to be elected for Alaska soon?
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« Reply #195 on: April 15, 2011, 10:49:31 PM »

Probably. I believe the Synod might also use a released bishop
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« Reply #196 on: April 18, 2011, 12:16:48 PM »

Probably. I believe the Synod might also use a released bishop
Sorry, I don't understand what you mean by a "released" bishop: do you mean a retied bishop who will come in temporarily until a new bishop is elected?
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« Reply #197 on: April 18, 2011, 12:29:22 PM »

A Hieromonk was released from a Serbian (I think) monastery in California several years ago and the monastery announced he was being released to the OCA to become their next Bishop of Alaska.  He had to enroll in studies at St. Vladimir Seminary where he is now matriculating.  The speculation is that he is a friend of Metropolitan Jonah's and will be imposed on Alaska.  Critics are disturbed that the due process for episcopal selection under the OCA's statute will be impeded by the plans of the OCA's Central Administration.  I've never seen anything negative about this bishop in waiting.
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« Reply #198 on: April 18, 2011, 12:30:58 PM »

It was discussed there: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,25450.0.html
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« Reply #199 on: April 20, 2011, 10:12:00 PM »

Probably. I believe the Synod might also use a released bishop
Sorry, I don't understand what you mean by a "released" bishop: do you mean a retied bishop who will come in temporarily until a new bishop is elected?
Released is one who has been transferred from another jurisdiction, like ACROD. Bishop Mark of Baltimore was released from the Antiochian Archdiocese in the US.
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« Reply #200 on: April 21, 2011, 08:30:53 AM »

Probably. I believe the Synod might also use a released bishop
Sorry, I don't understand what you mean by a "released" bishop: do you mean a retied bishop who will come in temporarily until a new bishop is elected?
Released is one who has been transferred from another jurisdiction, like ACROD. Bishop Mark of Baltimore was released from the Antiochian Archdiocese in the US.

For example, both Bishop Michael of NY/NJ and Bishop-elect Matthias of Chicago - OCA - were priests in good standing within ACROD. While a priest, Bishop Michael obtained a canonical release from his Bishop to assume the position of Dean of St. Tikhon's and Bishop-elect Matthias' name was presented for consideration as Bishop of Chicago only upon his obtaining a canonical release from his Bishop. Many years ago, the late Bishop Peter (Shymansky) was released by the Metropolia to become a Bishop for ACROD.  I suppose that the same would hold true for the 'transfer' of a Bishop in good standing from one jurisdiction to another, but I would think that is quite rare, if unprecedented.
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