Troubles mount for Russian Orthodox- priest resigns
Troubles mount for Russian Orthodox
by Angela Blanchard
Monday, April 7, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Turmoil continues to brew in the Russian
Orthodox Church in Alaska and another rural priest has decided to step down.
The Rev. Michael Trefon of Naknek resigned his role as rector of St.
Ana church in late March, according to members of the priest's family.
They say Trefon stepped down due to controversy involving Bishop
Nikolai, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska.
National church leaders ordered the bishop to leave Alaska last month
over allegations he verbally and emotionally abused clergy and laity.
The bishop was then reinstated after a meeting with national church
leaders in late March.
Father Daniel Andrejuk of Anchorage says many priests encouraged
Trefon to remain in Naknek but the church's turmoil had apparently
taken its toll.
Trefon has declined to comment on his resignation.
National church leaders are holding an emergency meeting next week to
address what they call a "crisis" in the Alaska diocese.