Clergy Conference of the Southern Deanery of the Eastern American Diocese held with Bishop Gabriel

On Monday, November 1, the clergy of the Southern Deanery of the Eastern American Diocese met with Bishop Gabriel. The following clergymen, who had also participated in the Conference of Southern Missions, attended:

Protopriest Gregory Williams, Rector of Annunciation Church in Liberty, TN;

Protopriest Damien Criscella, Rector of St Nicholas Mission in Sunrise, FL;

Priest Alexis Duncan, Rector of Our Lady, Joy of All Who Sorrow Church, Atlanta, GA;

Priest Anastasios Yastrelis, SS Cyril and Methodius Church, Summerville, SC;

Priest John Moses, Rector, All Saints Church, Middlebrook, VA;

Priest Alexander Logunov, Rector, St John the Wonderworker Church, Mobile, AL;

Priest Mark Mancuso, St Elizaveth the New Martyr Mission, Cayce, SC;

Priest Onouphry Keith, Rector of St Nicholas Church, Fletcher, NC;

Deacon John Ganson of St Mary of Egypt Church, Atlanta, GA.

The meeting provided the opportunity for the clergymen to converse with Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan and with each other, which is very rare, since in this Deanery, parishes and missions are widely scattered throughout the southern states.

During the morning session, the clergymen posed questions to Vladyka Gabriel and expressed their opinion on issues relating to liturgical practice, pastoral problems, the latest events in the life of our Church and various ecclesio-administrative matters. During the discussions it was decided to appoint Priest Mark Mancuso as the Secretary of the Southern Deanery. The clergymen also decided to convene a retreat and conference for the Southern Deanery during Great Lent next year, to be held in Atlanta.