Fwd: Metropolitan Jonah tenders resignation
July 8, 2012
Metropolitan Jonah tenders resignation
SYOSSET, NY [OCA]
In a letter addressed to the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops dated
Friday, July 6, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah tendered his
resignation as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.
His Beatitude composed and signed the letter at his residence in
Washington, DC, in the presence of Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor.
On Saturday, July 7, the letter was presented to the Holy Synod in the
course of a conference call in which all of the hierarchs participated,
except His Eminence, Archbishop Alejo of Mexico City.
The text of His Beatitude's letter reads as follows.
"To the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America,
"As per your unanimous request, as conveyed to me by Chancellor Fr. John
Jillions, I hereby tender my resignation as Primate of the Orthodox
Church in America, and humbly request another Episcopal assignment.
"I had come to the realization long ago that that I have neither the
personality nor the temperament for the position of Primate, a position
I never sought nor desired.
"It is my hope that due consideration will be made for my financial
situation, both in any interim and in consideration for any future
position. I am the main financial support for both my parents and my
sister, beyond my own needs.
"I will appreciate your consideration in this, and beg forgiveness for
however I have offended you, and for whatever difficulties have arisen
from my own inadequacies and mistakes in judgment.
"Asking your prayers, I remain faithfully yours,
"Metropolitan Jonah, Archbishop of Washington"
The hierarchs again will meet via conference call on Monday, July 9,
after which additional information will be made available.
A PDF of His Beatitude's letter is also available
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