Monday, March 27, 2017

ROCOR, Moscow parishes in US planning pastoral conference

(ROC-USA) - On Thursday, March 23, a meeting was held between the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York and the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk in the residence of the First Hierarch in New York City.

Also attending the meeting was the Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese, His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan; Chancellor of the Synod of Bishops, Archpriest Serafim Gan; Archpriest Alexandre Anchoutine, rector of Holy Protection Church in Glen Cove, NY and secretary of the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes, Abbot Nicodemus (Balyasnikov).

Participants in the meeting discussed plans for commemorating the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion. Plans are being developed for a joint pastoral conference to be held between clerics of the Eastern American Diocese and the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA for October 2017.


  1. I've thought that the continuation of separate jurisdictions of MP parishes and ROCOR in the Russian "diaspora" is peculiar. Maybe this begins to address that?

    1. Well, why do we really need Russians and those or Russian patrimony separated? ROCOR+MP+OCA would be unity if politically inexpedient.

    2. I'd be all for it, and many at least in ROCOR and OCA would too. Bring in Antiochians and things get very interesting.