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SAN FRANCISCO : June 23, 2007
An Extraordinary Session of the Synod of Bishops Will Be Held at the Headquarters of the Diocese of San Francisco and Western America  

On June 28-29, n extraordinary session of the Synod of Bishops will be held at the Library of Archbishop Anthony (Medvedev, +2000), located at the headquarters of the Diocese of San Francisco and Western America. It is scheduled to coincide with the celebration of the feast day of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco . His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus will lead the session, which will be attended by His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany ; His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America; His Grace Bishop Michael of Geneva and His Grace Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan . 

On June 30, His Eminence, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, will perform Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Mother of God “Joy of All  Who Sorrow” in San Francisco along with the other bishops, local and visiting clergymen. Afterwards, there will be a moleben and procession of the cross followed by the blessing of a new church building. A trapeza will then be offered for the clergy and worshipers.  

On Sunday, July 1, His Eminence Vladyka Metropolitan will officiate at Divine Liturgy in the Church of SS Peter and Paul in Santa Rosa , the Rector of which is Protopriest Alexander Krassovsky.