From Monday Sep. 3/16 to Wednesday
Sep 5/18 a representation of the Church of the G.O.C. of Greece
headed by His Eminence, Metropolitan Gerontios of Piraeus and Salamis
and made up of His Eminence Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Attica and
Boeotia, and His Grace, Bishop Photios of Marathon, Chief-Secretary
of the Holy Synod traveled to Bucharest, Romania to meet with
Metropolitan Vlasie (Blasios), the First-Hierarch of the Church of
the G.O.C. of Romania, and his fellow bishops with whom they
discussed issues of common interest.
The the G. O. C. Church of Romania
is located primarily in Moldavia, but is also found in many other
parts of Romania. The faithful are estimated to number close to one
million, making it the largest True Orthodox Church in the world.
Their magnificent parish churches, in traditional Romanian style,
serve immense numbers of families, and crowds of twenty thousand
faithful are not unusual at special gatherings at the Church's center
in Slătioara. The Holy Synod consists of ten hierarchs. There are
130 parishes, 34 monasteries, convents, sketes and kesychatera. The
synod has 45 Hieromonks, 115 married Priests, 26 Deacons, 260 Monks
and 510 Nuns. The Cœnobitic Monastery of the Transfiguration in
Slătioara numbers about one hundred monks and serves as a spiritual
center for the Romanian Old Calendar Faithful.
As part of their visit to Romania, our bishops had the opportunity
to visit churches and monasteries.