On Monday, May 30, 2011, Fr. Panagiotes Carras, Fr.
Alexander Dizes, Fr. David Belden and Fr. Sergios Pellegrini of Toronto, Canada,
were accepted into the Holy Synod of the True Orthodox Church of Greece. Later that week, Fr. George Kochergin of Boston was also accepted.
The five Presbyters of Toronto, in their petition to the
Holy Synod of Archbishop Kallinikos, stated that, guided by the instruction of
the Apostle Paul, a heretic man, after a first
and second correction, abandon, and the injunction of the Fifteenth Canon
of the First-Second Council of Constantinople, they had laboured against
Metropolitan Ephraim’s teaching of posthumous
enlightenment and salvation of
heterodox and non-Christians, by admonishing the hierarchs,
clergy and laity of HOCNA concerning the dangers of the above mentioned false
Since the hierarchs of HOCNA did not admit to their error
and did not cease to preach the above mentioned heresy, the five presbyters
then followed the admonitions of St. Paul and
the First-Second Council of Constantinople and
broke communion with these hierarchs.
Furthermore, they consciously realized that the Holy Church, shepherded by Archbishop Kallinikos, is the canonical
Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece. Their petition to be
placed under their protection was accepted.
The Holy Synod of the Church of the True Orthodox Christians
of Greece is made up of sixteen hierarchs.
there are 130 clergy who serve 200 Churches and 80 Monasteries. In North America
there are 19 Churches and 6 Monasteries, served by 27 Clergy.
There are also Churches, Clergy and Monasteries in Australia, Germany,
England, Italy, Serbia,
Rumania, Bulgaria, Czech
Georgia and Bosnia.