Pastoral Retreat and Conference of the Diocese of Chicago
and Detroit is held at the Cathedral
On the evening of March 22, His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland
performed the Rite of Extreme Unction at the Cathedral of the Protection
of the Holy Virgin, along with the clergymen gathered for the Retreat.
His Eminence Archbishop Alypy prayed during the service, attended
by over one hundred worshipers. The last prayer of this mystery
was read over His Eminence.
On March 23, Bishop Peter headed the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts,
along with 16 priests of the Diocese. During the minor entrance,
Priest Valery Vovkovsky was awarded the nabedrennik. During the
Liturgy, Archbishop Alypy and Bishop Longin of New Gracanica (Serbian
Orthodox Church) prayed in the altar. At the end of Liturgy and
the trapeza, Bishop Longin told of the history of the schism in
the Serbian Church and of his opinion of the beginning process of
rapprochement between the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
and the Moscow Patriarchate. Bishop Longin's thoughts, based on
his contacts with representatives of both parts of the Russian Church,
drew a lively discussion. Vladyka Longin had graduated Moscow Theological
Academy and served for many years in Australia and the USA, where
he had the opportunity to acquaint himself with the clergy and flock
of the Russian Church Abroad.
After Bishop Longin's talk, the Conference began. Bishop Peter read
a speech on the life of the Diocese. Then several members of the
Diocesan Council spoke, reporting on various aspects of diocesan
and parish life. The Conferees unanimously adopted a resolution
and decided on a document on extreme end-of-life issues. After lunch,
Reader Andrei Urtiew, the Diocesan Treasurer, reported on the Diocese's
On the morning of March 24, a statement of the clergymen was adopted,
and several administrative matters were voted on. Then, Archimandrite
Daniel made two reports on Islam and Orthodoxy in Indonesia. As
was reported earlier, Archimandrite Daniel is a clergyman of the
Diocese of Australia and New Zealand. At the present time, Fr Daniel
is studying at Ohio State University and is temporarily ministering
to the Orthodox community in Columbus, OH.
The next pastoral conference will be held in September of this year
in Houghton, MI.
Priest Gregory Joyce