Archdiocesan Assembly 2014 To Be Held in Ottawa

Archdiocese of Canada
October 2, 2014

Annunciation/St. Nicholas Cathedral, Ottawa, ON, will be the site of the 2014 Assembly of the Archdiocese of Canada, The Orthodox Church in America, a one-day gathering on Thursday, October 02, 2014—the Feast of Saint Andrew, Fool for Christ—at which the candidate for the Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada will be nominated for the election by the Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America.

The Archdiocesan Council which was earlier appointed by the Metropolitan Tikhon to act as a a search committee to identify possible candidates for the election of a ruling Archbishop for the Archdiocese of Canada met with Metropolitan Tikhon by telephone-conference on June 5, 2014 and decided to hold the special Assembly as soon as possible so the work of the Archdiocese could move forward.

The members of the Council expressed their desire to hold a low key and penitential gathering, keeping costs as low as possible for parishes, and the Archdiocese of Canada inasmuch as it constitutes an unbudgeted expense. It was decided to hold the special Assembly at Annunciation/St. Nicholas Cathedral.

The Assembly will open with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, followed by brunch. An electoral plenary session will follow.

Information will be provided shortly with a special code for reserving rooms.

The registration process will be the same as that observed in the past, requiring clergy and lay delegates per Statute of The Orthodox Church in America. The formal agenda, logistical information, instructions and registration forms will be provided on-line by September 1.

Members of the Assembly Planning Commission, nominated by the Archdiocesan Executive Council and approved by the Archdiocesan Council, include His Grace, Bishop Irenee, the Administrator of the Archdiocese of Canada and Most Blessed Tikhon the Locum Tenens of the Archdiocese of Canada, co-chairs; Protodeacon Nazari Polataiko, Secretary of the Archdiocese of Canada; Mary Ann Lopoukhine;, Assembly Manager; Nikita Lopoukhine, Treasurer of the Archdiocese of Canada; and Fr. Stelio Liabotis, Logistics Manager. Clergy and lay chairs of the Assembly will be announced well in advance.

Additional information will be released in the coming weeks as final plans become available.