(OCA-DOS) - Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Faithful of the DOS,
Christ is in our midst!
The Synod of the OCA did not vet any potential episcopal candidates during its meetings which concluded last week, this obviously includes Fr Gerasim. Thus we are still in a holding pattern relative to a possible DOS Special Assembly. In further developments, the deans, acting as a nominating group within the Episcopal Search Committee, have received cv's from several additional potential candidates. Two of these potential candidates are being interviewed in the coming week. It is my hope that sometime after the AAC in Parma there will be a vetting of episcopal candidates by the Synod of the OCA, and that this will give us a way forward. Thus it is still possible that we might have a DOS Special Assembly in the context of our 2013 DOS Pastoral Conference in Atlanta, GA, and certainly no later than our regularly scheduled 2013 DOS Assembly in late July.
With this in mind and for your planning more generally for 2013, please mark your calendars with the following dates of our regularly scheduled meetings:
2013 DOS Pastoral Conference, Atlanta, GA
Feb 4 - 8, 2013
(Diocesan Council Meeting Feb 4, 5)
DOS Assembly, Jacksonville, FL (tentative)
July 22 - 26, 2013 (tentative)
(Diocesan Council Meeting July 22, 23)
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to bring them to my attention.