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  • MM Ossorgin
    Vladika Michael Donskoff is a ROCOR bishop, I m proud to say. He became a bishop soon after Vladika Gabriel Chemodakov. In Christ, Michael, subdeacon ...
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      Vladika Michael Donskoff is a ROCOR bishop, I'm proud to say. He became a
      bishop soon after Vladika Gabriel Chemodakov.

      In Christ, Michael, subdeacon
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      >From: Reader Alban Mosher <AlbanCSA@...>
      >To: orthodox-synod@egroups.com
      >Subject: [orthodox-synod] Re: [burn0043@...: Controversial
      priestrefuses to step down]
      >Date: Mon, Sep 27, 1999, 7:01 PM
      >

      > Who is this Bishop Michael with? I do not remember a Bishop Michael in the
      > OCA. Nor do I remember a Bishop Michael in the ROCOR? Last I checked,
      > Metropolitan Vitaly still holds the title to the diocese of Montreal. Is
      > Bishop Michael with the MP?
      >
      > In IC XC,
      > Alban Mosher, Reader
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Fr Andrew Morbey <ce809@...>
      > To: <orthodox-synod@egroups.com>
      > Sent: Sunday, September 26, 1999 7:37 PM
      > Subject: [orthodox-synod] [burn0043@...: Controversial
      > priestrefuses to step down]
      >
      >
      >> ================= Begin forwarded message =================
      >>
      >>
      >> Controversial priest refuses to
      >> step down from post
      >>
      >> Supporters, rivals square off outside Ottawa
      >> church
      >>
      >> Jon Waddell
      >> The Ottawa Citizen
      >>
      >> Controversy surrounding a parish priest of a
      >> Russian Orthodox Church in Ottawa has
      >> divided the congregation and seen a senior
      >> bishop denied entrance to the church.
      >>
      >> Two rival camps formed outside the Russian
      >> Orthodox Memorial Church on Stonehurst
      >> Avenue in Ottawa last night where Bishop
      >> Michael of the Canadian Diocese of the
      >> Russian Orthodox Church was refused
      >> entrance by Father Dimitri Sever.
      >>
      >> Father Sever was recently removed as the
      >> parish priest by the diocese, but has refused
      >> to step down.
      >>
      >> Bishop Michael of Montreal attempted to deliver last
      >> night's vigil but was
      >> turned away.
      >>
      >> "The bishop asked for the church to open, but was
      >> refused," said
      >> Father-Deacon Breen of Hamilton, Ont., who was
      >> accompanying Bishop
      >> Michael.
      >>
      >> Father-Deacon Breen said that the senate of bishops,
      >> which oversees the
      >> Canadian diocese, had decided to remove Father Sever
      >> from the parish, but
      >> could not say when that decision was taken.
      >>
      >> Father-Deacon Breen would only say that "internal
      >> matters" caused the
      >> diocese to remove Father Sever.
      >>
      >> He said this event is unprecedented in the history
      > of
      >> diocese.
      >>
      >> Internal bickering and turmoil has surfaced in the
      >> church before surrounding
      >> Father Sever. The congregation is deeply divided
      > over
      >> this latest incident.
      >>
      >> "We will try again tomorrow (to enter the church),"
      > he
      >> said.
      >>
      >> Father Sever refused to comment, as did his
      >> supporters, on the situation. He
      >> said any inquiries should be directed to his lawyer.
      >>
      >> Bishop Michael, flanked by several priests who had
      >> travelled to Ottawa
      >> from throughout the province, addressed about 30
      >> members of the
      >> congregation gathered in a semi-circle on the grass
      >> boulevard between the
      >> sidewalk and the parking lot of the church.
      >>
      >> Speaking in Russian, Bishop Michael asked them to
      >> return today at 9 a.m.
      >> when he would attempt to gain entry again into the
      >> church in order to preside
      >> over the morning service usually held at 10 a.m.
      >>
      >> He then answered questions from people within the
      >> parish about possible
      >> resolutions to the standoff, giving a blessing to
      > many
      >> as they left.
      >>
      >> "(Father Sever) has created lots of personal
      > enemies,"
      >> said Lara Gerol, a
      >> parish member.
      >>
      >> She said that she like many of the congregation want
      >> Father Sever to leave
      >> the church, but are able to forgive him. "We want to
      >> restore trust in the
      >> church," she said.
      >>
      >> About 20 supporters of Father Sever stood with him
      > in
      >> front of the church.
      >> They gathered drinking coffee from large metal
      > coffee
      >> pots that were brought
      >> out from the church basement.
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >>
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