Press Release†on the Regular Session of the†Synod of Bishops
of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
17 and 18, 2004, at the Synodal House in New York City, a regular
session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside
of Russia was held. Under the Presidency of the First Hierarch of
the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Metropolitan Laurus,
the members of the Synod include Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany,
Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, Bishop Ambroise
of Vevey, Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan and Bishop Michael of Boston.A
series of questions was discussed on church life and the life of
the dioceses. The Synod heard the report of Archbishop Mark on the
life of our monasteries in the Holy Land, and also reports of legal
and financial matters of our Church. The Committee appointed by
the Council of 2000 for reviewing the “Regulations of the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside of Russia” submitted its comments on the
need to amend several areas†of the Regulations.
The Synod of
Bishops welcomed the members of the Committee on the Unity of the
Russian Church, heard the Committeeís plan, and gave its members
directions for its further work.
visit to Russia of the First Hierarch of the Rocor, Metropolitan
Laurus, was discussed.
After the meeting
of the Synod of Bishops with President V.V. Putin of the Russian
Federation held in September 2003, and the†trip to Russia of the
delegation of the Russian†Orthodox Church Outside of Russia†in November,
the Synod was faced with the task of preparing the visit to Russia
of the First Hierarch. Over recent months, besides the President
and leadership of the Moscow Patriarchate, a wide†scope of people†of
Russian Orthodox society has expressed its hope†that Metropolitan
Laurus visit Russia soon, and that†normal ecclesiastical relations
between the two parts of the Russian Orthodox Church be established.
sessions in New York, details of this visit were proposed. The Synod
of Bishops, headed by our First Hierarch, accepted the invitation
for the second half of May, and considered whom to include in the
delegation which is to escort Metropolitan Laurus.
The goal of
this visit by the First Hierarch and his delegation will be the
personal acquaintance with the present leadership of the Moscow
Patriarchate and with church life in Russia.