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, morechoff@... wrote:
> I am not sure where this "Summary"?came from orginally, but I got if from another
> forum. Probably translated from Russian.? I trust is accurate.
> Does Father John keep his name or does he take a new name when becoming a
JRS: I certainly hope to keep my present name.
Changing it would mean redoing all my documents.
Note that Patriarch Alexy II kept his birth name of Alexy or Alexei, and that in ROCOR
several archpriests-become-bishops did the same: e.g. Bishop Mitrofan (Znosko-
Borovsky), Bishop Ioann (Legky), Bishop Alexander (Mileant).
Here is my own English translation of that article:
The Synod of the Russian Church has, for the first time, confirmed the election of bishops
Moscow, June 23. INTERFAX - The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, at its
session on Monday in Moscow, has for the first time confirmed the election of bishops for
the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.
The Synod members, with Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia presiding, have
confirmed the election of proto-priest John Shaw, cleric of the Diocese of Chicago and the
Central United States of ROCOR, as Bishop of Manhattan, Vicar of the Diocese of Eastern
America, with proclamation service and consecration following monastic tonsure and
elevation to the rank of Archimandrite.
The Synod also approved the election of Archimandrite George (Schaeffer) of Holy Trinity
Monastery in Jordanville, as Bishop of Mayfield, Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese, and
of Archimandrite Feodosy (Ivaschenko) as Bishop of Seattle, Vicar of the Western American
Diocese of the Church Abroad.
In this manner, the Synod has complied with the request of Metropolitan Hilarion, First
Hierarch of ROCOR, to confirm three [as] bishops, whose election took place at the Sobor
of Bishop of the Church Abroad in May of this year.
According to Point 7 of the Act of Canonical Communion, the bishops of the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside Russia are elected by its Sobor of Bishops, or (in cases provided
for by the Charter of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia) by the Synod of
Bishops. Elections are to be confirmed on canonical grounds by the Patriarch of Moscow
and All Russia, and by the Holy Synod of the Russsian Orthodox Church.