Lent Clergy Conference of the Eastern part of the Canadian
The new First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside
of Russia, Metropolitan Laurus, made his first trip to the
Canadian Diocese on the fourth week of Great Lent. Together
with Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan he conducted the conference
of clergy of the Eastern part of the Canadian Diocese. Vladyka
Metropolitan along with the diocesan clergy performed the
Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. Laymen active in
the Canadian Diocese also attended the Diocesan meeting. For
the first time in many years, priests together with bishops
and laymen discussed diocesan troubles and parish life in
a conciliar manner.
New officers of the Diocesan Council were chosen. The schism
within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia was not
ignored--in Eastern Canada it actually only affected one parish,
the St. Nicholas parish in Montreal, but the clergy prays
that the schism be overcome. Fr. George Sachewsky took part
in the meeting, who had not long before returned to the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside of Russia from schism through repentance.
There was great joy among his brethren for this.
The eldest protopriest of the Canadian Diocese noted the spirit
of peace and conciliarity that he felt at the Diocesan Conference.
All the members of the meeting expressed their desire to labor
for the glory of God, in the spirit of conciliarity, trust
and love towards the good of the Canadian Diocese and the
Church of Christ and thanked the new First Hierarch of the
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia for his fatherly
attitude towards them.