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NEW YORK: September 7, 2006
The Synod of Bishops Congratulates Bishop Evtikhii of Ishim and Siberia

August 24/September 6, 2006
Holy Martyr Eutychus

Your Grace!

The Synod of Bishops, on this feast day of your heavenly protector, prayerfully wish that the Lord grant you spiritual and physical strength to help you continue your archpastoral duties for many years. It is worth noting that your fate has found special resonance in the difficult history of the Russian Orthodox Church, in the Homeland and abroad; what befell Her, befell you as well; Her way of the cross has become yours also.

With brotherly love in the Lord,

+ Laurus,

Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

+ Mark, Archbishop of Berlin and Germany

+ Kyrill, Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America

+ Michael, Bishop of Geneva and Western Europe

+ Gabriel, Bishop of Manhattan

+ Peter, Bishop of Cleveland