I waited to report on this news story until I had more to say. Below the official antiochian.org announcement is a letter reposted by the blog 150 knots of Bp. Mark speaking of the meeting's proceedings and his decision to seek release to the OCA. If you want some history on the Bp. Mark issue and the possible material to be covered in this meeting, I can recommend this article to start.
(antiochian.org) - This weekend, the regular Fall meetings of the Archdiocesan Synod of Bishops and the Archdiocesan Board of Trustees will be held in Jacksonville, Florida. The Archdiocesan Synod will meet during the morning of Friday October 22, 2010. The Archdiocesan Board of Trustees will meet in their first session during the evening of Friday October 22, and will reconvene during the morning of Saturday October 23.And the letter...
We ask all of the faithful for your fervent prayers for our hierarchs and the members of the Board of Trustees that their meetings will be greatly blessed.
Dear to God,
Beloved brethren, as there are many rumors floating around regarding the recent Synod Meeting in Jacksonville, FL; I feel it necessary to clarify a few points. Yes, our Bishops discussed at length my service in the Diocese of Toledo, after which, the decision of Metropolitan Philip was to move me to the North West.
As I already struggle with seasonal affective disorder, I felt a move to the NW would be a detriment to my health and asked for a release to the OCA no later than by the year’s end. This will allow me opportunity to discuss reception into the OCA with the OCA synod and begin the search for housing and pack.
His eminence metropolitan Philip was agreeable to this and I will continue to visit the parishes of the Diocese until I am released. At present, I am planning to go to the OCA’s synod meeting in Syosset, NY November 15-19. I ask your God-pleasing prayers for a productive Synod Meeting.
You will be receiving the new guidelines for the Hierarchs of the AOCANA shortly. Our respective Bishops will continue to be commemorated. Let us move forward in peace and brotherly love.
Yours in Christ,
Please remember our diocesan missions in your parish’s charitable giving. If there is a mission in your deanery support the pastor and his work as much as possible.
Your unworthy father in Christ,
Office of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest