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« on: April 03, 2009, 12:48:12 PM »

As OCANews.org is often criticized (unfairly, it seems to us) for "leaping" on bad news, we hope no one will take offense if we "leap" on the good news of the elections announced by the Synod yesterday, and their meaning for the Orthodox Church in America.

The Bishop-Elect of Pittsburgh

The canonical election of Fr. Melchisedek (Pleska) following his nomination by the Extraordinary Archdiocesan Assembly  in November is clear and welcome evidence that the conciliar system put forth in the OCA Statute works as its framers intended.  After a long and thorough search process (Read that story here), the Diocese nominated Fr. Melchisedek on the first ballot, with two-thirds of the vote (Read that story here). The Bishops, having conducted final background and pyschological tests, as well as interviews, have now confirmed the overwhelming choice of the Diocese, while adding theological and monastic depth to the Synod.

Fr. Melchisedek will return to the United States from his monastery in Greece, and after a few days in Syosset, take up his new residence in Pittsburgh during Holy Week. No word has been given as to the details of his consecration and subsequent installation. 

The Bishop-Elect of Quebec City

The  canonical election of Fr. Irenee (Rochon) is equally clear evidence that conciliarity works. After a long search process involving all parts of the Archdiocese some years ago, the Canadians identified three men whom they would like to see as a Vicar Bishop to help the Archbishop deal with their continent-wide See. Unfortunately, the first candidate was blocked by +Tikhon of the West and +Nikolai of Alaska for the dubious reason that this Rhodes Scholar and later Professor of Orthodox Theology had not graduated from an accredited Orthodox seminary. (Of course, neither had either of  those two - but those were the bad old days, sigh, and the old Synod overlooked the irony of that objection.)

Earlier this year, +Tikhon and +Nikolai being gone, Archbishop +Seraphim asked the first candidate if he would agree to his name being forward again. The answer was a firm “no”. So +Seraphim, then went to the Archdiocesan Council with the name of the second candidate of the  search process - Fr. Irenee (Rochon).  A monk, Fr. Irenee is the current pastor of St. Benoit de Nursie Church, in Montreal, Quebec, and a  graduate of Holy Trinity Seminary  in Jordanville. The Diocesan Council approved his nomination. And so the Archbishop, according to Statute, presented the new candidate to the Synod -  which promptly elected him.  Canada has its long-delayed Vicar at last.  Details of his consecration have yet to be announced as well.

The  Retired Bishop of Sendai, Japan

Of all the day's news, the reception of Bishop Seraphim (Sigrist) as the “retired Bishop of  Sendai” was the least expected. An American convert to Orthodoxy, Bishop Seraphim is a graduate of St. Vladimir’s who, upon completing his studies, went to Japan to teach English. He ended up becoming a monk, a priest, and then a Bishop in the Orthodox Church in Japan. Returning to the USA some twenty years later, the Bishop was eventually released by the Church of Japan, but was never accepted into the OCA. (Once again, it was the bad old days, sigh.) He has spent the last decade or more working in the  library of Pace University, as a “supply priest” for the New York deanery, and as the spiritual father of the “Hosanna” community in Moscow. (As a former Bishop of the Church of Japan, +Seraphim was technically a retired hierarch of the Russian Church as well.)

Once again the Metropolitan and the Synod have acted with manifest care for the OCA. As an Orthodox reviewer wrote of one of +Seraphim’s books :

“ 'Theology of Wonder' is a collection of essays from a man who is both deeply learned and wholly free....Rabbis, Norse myths, Majorcan geniuses, Hindu Upanishads, Simone Weil, Christian apologists and modern Roman Catholics (C.S. Lewis, Chesterton), early church fathers (Basil, Irenaeus, Dionysius), Dante, Pascal, the gospels .... and all this only in the first two short chapters, a total of twelve pages .... held together in the wonder of human life as it intersects with the divine.“ The Bishop is an interesting and thoughtful man.

One doubts +Seraphim  of Sendai will remain “retired” very long. Now that he is “officially” in the Church that he has considered his home for many years, should the Diocesan Council of  Washington - New York agree,  expect to see +Seraphim assisting the Metropolitan in his large diocese in the foreseeable future.

The Meaning for the OCA

The OCA added three Bishops to its roster today. All three have graduate degrees from Orthodox  seminaries. Two are real monastics - yet have deep parish experience as well. The third has decades of experience as a Bishop, author, and missionary.  They speak Russian, Greek, French and Japanese.  Most importantly, they are all known quantities, with the two active candidates chosen or recommended in a conciliar fashion by their new Archdioceses or Archdiocesan Councils. They bring new life and fresh perspectives to the OCA, to their Archdioceses, and to the Synod. 

This is good news for everyone.

http://www.ocanews.org/Editorial4.3.09.html
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2009, 01:09:35 PM »

As OCANews.org is often criticized (unfairly, it seems to us) for "leaping" on bad news, we hope no one will take offense if we "leap" on the good news of the elections announced by the Synod yesterday, and their meaning for the Orthodox Church in America.

The Bishop-Elect of Pittsburgh

The canonical election of Fr. Melchisedek (Pleska) following his nomination by the Extraordinary Archdiocesan Assembly  in November is clear and welcome evidence that the conciliar system put forth in the OCA Statute works as its framers intended.  After a long and thorough search process (Read that story here), the Diocese nominated Fr. Melchisedek on the first ballot, with two-thirds of the vote (Read that story here). The Bishops, having conducted final background and pyschological tests, as well as interviews, have now confirmed the overwhelming choice of the Diocese, while adding theological and monastic depth to the Synod.

Axios! At long last!


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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2009, 04:09:13 PM »

Worthy!

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2009, 05:07:15 PM »

Many years! AXIOS!
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2009, 05:10:49 PM »

Many years!
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2009, 10:35:42 PM »

Many Years to the newly elected OCA Hierarchs and May the Lord bless these Hierarchs in their efforts to illumine the world of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2009, 10:45:38 PM »

Many, many, many years!
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2009, 11:04:15 PM »

Many years! Axios, axios, axios!
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2009, 07:45:34 AM »

Father said last night after the Akathist that our bishop elect is 6' 7. I suppose we'll have the distinction of the tallest bishop in the OCA.

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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2009, 08:02:40 AM »

Father said last night after the Akathist that our bishop elect is 6' 7. I suppose we'll have the distinction of the tallest bishop in the OCA.

Many years! 

Six foot seven?  Probably tallest in the US.
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« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2009, 10:30:43 AM »

As OCANews.org is often criticized (unfairly, it seems to us) for "leaping" on bad news, we hope no one will take offense if we "leap" on the good news of the elections announced by the Synod yesterday, and their meaning for the Orthodox Church in America.

This is good news for everyone.

http://www.ocanews.org/Editorial4.3.09.html

Indeed!

Axios!Axios!Axios!
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« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2009, 01:25:13 PM »

May he enjoy many happy and blessed years.

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« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2009, 01:26:02 PM »

Axios! Bp. Seraphim needs the help. I'm glad to see we elected a French-speaker also; very important in a diocese that spans all of Canada, including Quebec.
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Thank God.  Αχιοι, αχιοι, αχιοι.
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2009, 06:21:06 PM »

Father said last night after the Akathist that our bishop elect is 6' 7. I suppose we'll have the distinction of the tallest bishop in the OCA.

Many years! 

Six foot seven?  Probably tallest in the US.

As was Archbishop Athenagoras...

and Worthy, indeed!
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« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2009, 11:53:16 PM »

Axios! Bp. Seraphim needs the help. I'm glad to see we elected a French-speaker also; very important in a diocese that spans all of Canada, including Quebec.

Oui, c'est vrai.  We will have to see how this plays out.  Paradoxically, Catholicism is really tied into the Quebec identity, even though Quebecers have in many ways rejected the Catholic Church since the quiet revolution in the sixties.  There seems to be a real interest in genuine spiritual questions in Quebec in certain quarters right now, even though the "traditional" rejection of religion is often very aggressive and front-and-centre.  Time will tell.
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« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2009, 11:34:05 PM »

Axioi! Axioi! Axioi!
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« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2009, 11:39:56 PM »

Axios! Bp. Seraphim needs the help. I'm glad to see we elected a French-speaker also; very important in a diocese that spans all of Canada, including Quebec.

Oui, c'est vrai.  We will have to see how this plays out.  Paradoxically, Catholicism is really tied into the Quebec identity,

It screams all over the place sur tout Quebec.  I wouldn't a WRO, including St. Germain.
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« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2009, 11:58:09 PM »

Axios! Bp. Seraphim needs the help. I'm glad to see we elected a French-speaker also; very important in a diocese that spans all of Canada, including Quebec.

Oui, c'est vrai.  We will have to see how this plays out.  Paradoxically, Catholicism is really tied into the Quebec identity, even though Quebecers have in many ways rejected the Catholic Church since the quiet revolution in the sixties.  There seems to be a real interest in genuine spiritual questions in Quebec in certain quarters right now, even though the "traditional" rejection of religion is often very aggressive and front-and-centre.  Time will tell.

Going out on a limb.....I wonder if that means they will move the Archbishop's episcopal seat back out west....
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« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2009, 12:05:40 AM »

That means a second native of Quebec becomes an Orthodox Bishop. Archbishop Juriy (Kalistchuk) was the first one:
http://www.uocc.ca/en-ca/about/episcopate/archbishopyurij.asp

And, hopefully, Fr. Archimandrite Job (Getcha) is on the way as well.

Interesting who else from canonical Orthodox Hierarchs in Canada speaks French? Could be Bishop Ilarion (Rudnik), he is really multi-lingual.
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« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2009, 12:20:55 AM »

That means a second native of Quebec becomes an Orthodox Bishop. Archbishop Juriy (Kalistchuk) was the first one:
http://www.uocc.ca/en-ca/about/episcopate/archbishopyurij.asp

And, hopefully, Fr. Archimandrite Job (Getcha) is on the way as well.

Interesting who else from canonical Orthodox Hierarchs in Canada speaks French? Could be Bishop Ilarion (Rudnik), he is really multi-lingual.

As far as I know he doesn't speak French-- by the way he comes back tomorrow! Maybe Vl. Andriy, he was Bishop of Western Europe after all...

Archbishop Nicolae is technically a Canadian bishop, he studied at Strasbourg and may know French....
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« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2009, 12:26:29 AM »

That means a second native of Quebec becomes an Orthodox Bishop. Archbishop Juriy (Kalistchuk) was the first one:
http://www.uocc.ca/en-ca/about/episcopate/archbishopyurij.asp

And, hopefully, Fr. Archimandrite Job (Getcha) is on the way as well.

Interesting who else from canonical Orthodox Hierarchs in Canada speaks French? Could be Bishop Ilarion (Rudnik), he is really multi-lingual.

As far as I know he doesn't speak French-- by the way he comes back tomorrow! Maybe Vl. Andriy, he was Bishop of Western Europe after all...

Archbishop Nicolae is technically a Canadian bishop, he studied at Strasbourg and may know French....
Thank you for information!
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« Reply #22 on: April 07, 2009, 01:01:03 AM »

It is also likely that Bishop Vincent of Montreal (ROCOR) knows French....
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