It would be useful to hearwhat people aspire for the forthcoming All-Western-Rite "Sobor' to be held between ROCOR and the AWRV in the United States. Will there be topics or papers or themes on issues such as the need for a dedicated Western-rite seminary, on achieving greater cross-relationship between the AWRV and ROCOR, and the revival of religious orders such as the Benedictines and Columbans etc?
I would hope that it is not North-America-centric and that the opportunity is there for the AWRV to send people from as far away as their New Zealand parish, and that the contribution of Hieromonk Abbott Michael (Mansbridge-Wood)/(Wood) of the St. Petroc Paruchia will be acknowledged with a place at the conference table, and perhaps representation from each country that the Paruchia serves in.
Even though the outside US portion of the WR is small, outside of France, nonetheless it covers with ROCOR alone, Australia, Great Britain, the
Philippines, and ranks a revived Columban monastic order to its credit. Perhaps the US WR might choose to have special collections to assist overseas Western-rite leaders and delegates from very poor economic circumstances such as the Asian mission fields of Hieromonk Michael (Mansbridge-Wood)/(Wood) to attend or even to directly support monastics such as the Australian and UK Columban monastics of St. Petroc Monastery
This WR gathering is perhaps the first pan-western-rite gathering of its kind, across the very diverse Western-rite and I hope the opportunity is seized in the United States to bring the rest of the world's key players and organisations to break down barriers and the isolation of distance and lack of face to face collegial exchange. It would be a missed opportunity not to allow the isolated Western-rite leaders and missions from around the world NOT to be at the conference, and frankly that would be a mistake that would detract from what the 'sobor' could achieve.