(ROCOR-EAD) - On Monday, August 13, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, released a statement regarding the Entrance of the Theotokos Monastery in Maryland.
Dear in the Lord Reverend Fathers,
Beloved brothers and sisters,
As of July 17/30, according to Directive № 07.113.12, the Monastery of the Entrance of the Theotokos, a women’s community located in Union Bridge, Maryland, is no longer a monastic institution of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Certain spiritual practices and references to spiritual authority contained within the charter of the monastery are at variance with the norms and traditions of ROCOR. We have released the convent to seek canonical reception into the ecclesiastical jurisdiction whence they originally came, a diocese of the Church of Greece.
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York