(AOC-UKIE) - Further news about the transitional arrangements for the Archdiocese:
Archpriest Gregory Hallam was granted an audience by His Beatitude Patriarch JOHN X on 21st November 2013. His Beatitude updated Fr Gregory on the Holy Synod's intentions for the Archdiocese.
Firstly, he confirmed that the Archdiocese now exists canonically, and is currently vacant.
Secondly, His Beatitude explained that no Patriarchal Vicar had yet been appointed, and there may be no appointment. His Beatitude was updated on the preparations currently being made by the Cathedral and (ex-)Deanery, and it is entirely possible (but by no means certain) that our Archbishop will be elected at the next meeting of the Holy Synod in June 2014. Since this is only a few months away, it may not be necessary to appoint a Patriarchal Vicar. The Patriarch - who remains our bishop in this transitional period - has given the Archdiocese a blessing to invite Metropolitan IGNATIUS of Paris to undertake episcopal actions on his behalf, as and when necessary.
Clearly the Patriarch and the Holy Synod are watching our new Archdiocese closely, and observing how we organise ourselves and prepare for the reception of our first Archbishop. Please continue to pray for us as we undertake the many essential tasks that must be completed over the next few months.
We would also like to thank His Eminence, Metropolitan KALLISTOS of Diokleia, for his firm support. We are grateful for his holy prayers!