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Patriarchate Accepts the Resignation of Metropolitan Maximos

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.goarch.org/news/maximosresignation-09022011 Ecumenical Patriarchate Accepts the Resignation of Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh Sep 2, 2011 *NEW
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      Ecumenical Patriarchate Accepts the Resignation of Metropolitan Maximos
      of Pittsburgh

      Sep 2, 2011

      *NEW YORK --* The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,
      at their meeting of August 29th and 30th, accepted the resignation of
      His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos from his position as Metropolitan of
      Pittsburgh and hence the See of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh became
      Vacant. On August 3rd, Metropolitan Maximos submitted his resignation
      for reasons of health to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios as President
      of the Holy Eparchial Synod and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
      and asked that it be forwarded to His All Holiness Patriarch
      Bartholomew. The Archbishop communicated the decision of the
      Metropolitan to the members of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the
      Archdiocese of America, and with a heavy heart forwarded the letter of
      resignation to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

      In conveying the decision of Metropolitan Maximos to His All Holiness,
      Archbishop Demetrios noted:

      /"For over 32 years, Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh shepherded with
      apostolic zeal, and with fatherly love and exemplary pastoral care the
      faithful people of this Metropolis of the Holy Archdiocese.

      Beyond this, he ceaselessly offered most valued services to the Holy
      Archdiocese of America in general, to the Holy Cross Theological School
      and especially to the on-going theological discussions between the
      Orthodox and members of other Christian Faiths. Moreover, Metropolitan
      Maximos actively and productively participated in the meetings of the
      Holy Eparchial Synod, offering his theological and linguistic abilities
      to the formulation of significant texts for the Archdiocese. Without a
      doubt, he was the unwavering voice of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in our
      midst, representing the spirit, the ethos and the tradition of the
      Mother Church. His resignation, which I am obligated to submit, is a
      great loss to us and leaves a void which will be difficult to fill."/

      His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit has been named /Locum
      Tenens/ of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh until a new Metropolitan is
      elected for the See. As per the provisions and directives of the
      Charter and Regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America,
      the Chief Secretariat, on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod, will
      immediately commence the procedure leading, with the guidance of the
      Holy Spirit, to the election of a new Metropolitan of Pittsburgh.




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