Re: Three new ROCOR Bishops
- --- In email@example.com, 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 aJRS: 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.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Alex Petrovsky <pyc988@...> wrote:
> Father,JRS: First of all, most of the Patriarchal parishes in the United States had been in the
> What makes these parishes so much different than ROCOR parishes? I'm sure they have
> had the same problems keeping the next generation in the Church (a problem that I
> think is growing even faster among the newer emigres). Or are the ROCOR parishes
> more 'Russian' than the MP parishes in this country? Thank you for your continued
> support of this forum.
former American Metropolia, and then had some sort of conflict, which led them to join
the Patriarchate, often with a lawsuit (which they had won) over the church building.
The ROCOR parishes typically were formed in the late 1940's or early 1950's, by "2nd
emigration" people, that is, by Russians who had left the Soviet Union during World War II,
or else who had been in the Balkans, the Baltic States, China, France or Germany between
ROCOR has some parishes that do not fit that pattern (e.g. Mayfield), and so does the
Patriarchate (e.g. St. Nicholas Cathedral on 97th St.).
Fr. John R. Shaw