Archive for October, 2010

Well, there you have it.

In big, bold, black and white letters on the Archdiocesan website:

October 27, 2010
To: The Clergy of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest
From: His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP
Re: Appointment of His Grace, Bishop THOMAS as Locum-Tenens of the Diocese

Beloved in the Lord:

Greetings in the name of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray you are in good health. As you are no doubt aware, our Local Synod of the Archdiocese met on Friday, October 22, 2010 in Jacksonville, FL. Among the things we discussed was the deteriorating situation in the diocese. As such, it was determined that the best thing was to transfer His Grace, Bishop MARK to the Diocese of Eagle River and the Northwest. A majority of the bishops of the synod agreed with the decision that this was in the best interest of the Archdiocese so that both the Diocese of Toledo and His Grace, Bishop MARK could have a fresh start. Citing health reasons, Bishop MARK said he could not live in that part of the country and subsequently requested to be released to the Orthodox Church in America. The synod agreed to his request and, at present, he is working out the details of his release with His Beatitude, Metropolitan JONAH. During this interim period, Bishop MARK asked to remain in the Toledo chancery until the end of the year. I agreed to this request and we will continue to pay Bishop MARK his stipend until the end of December.

Effective as of October 22, 2010 with Bishop MARK’s request to be released from the Church of Antioch, I appointed His Grace, Bishop THOMAS as the Locum Tenens of the Diocese. Bishop MARK will reside in the Toledo chancery as our guest until the end of the year, however, he will not be continuing his schedule of visits after this weekend (October 31, 20I0). If you had scheduled him to visit your parish and you have a major event or ordination planned in the coming months, you should immediately contact His Grace, Bishop THOMAS to see if he can make the visit or if other arrangements can be made until such time as a new bishop is elected and consecrated to serve the diocese, likely next summer. Likewise, effective immediately, only the Metropolitan is to be commemorated in the divine services in the Midwest unless Bishop THOMAS or another bishop is physically present in your church. This will remain in effect until a new auxiliary bishop is elected and appointed to oversee the diocese. Finally, I will preside at the 2011 Parish Life Conference in Cleveland, OH from June I5-I9 and expect full participation by all of the parishes. Please start planning from now.

Praying that this will mark a new beginning of healing and growth for the diocese, I remain,

Your Father in Christ,

Metropolitan PHILIP
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America
The Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

cc: Auxiliary Bishops
Archdiocese Board of Trustees
All Parishes and Mission in the Archdiocese

This letter appears to refer to events and circumstances that should be widely understood in terms of the “fresh start” needed by all parties, and yet, my question still has not been answered with anything of substance. Please — I don’t care if it’s harsh, I don’t care if it’s angry, I don’t care if it’s accusatory, as long as it’s specific and substantive. I’m not going to judge you for your opinion; I want to understand your opinion — or at least know specifically what it is I don’t understand. I want to know why you think this has all been necessary. Really and truly, I want to know. So, anybody, really, take a shot. Please.


It’s a really simple question.

And yet, it is one that no one has seen fit to answer. So, I’ll post it here and see if anybody can tell me.

What did Bp. MARK do wrong?

I’m asking honestly. I’m not looking for a fight. I’m looking to understand what it is I don’t understand.

IU Jacobs School of Music: “ORIENT” — 17 October 2010, 7pm, Recital Hall

The next couple of weekends are significant for Orthodox music getting its due on the IU campus, it seems. This weekend is the Arvo Pärt Jubilee, next Saturday is the Symposium, and then next Sunday at 7pm, the JSoM’s Symphonic Choir is presenting a concert of music by predominantly Orthodox composers. Here’s the program:

Христос воскресе

Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944)
Спасение соделал

Hilarion Alfeyev (b. 1966)
Богородице Дево

Victor Kalinnikov(1870-1927)
Ныне отпущаеши

Dmitry Bortniansky (1751-1825)
Херувимская песнь 7

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Богородице Дево
From Всенощное бдение, Op. 37

Возлюблю тебя Господи

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

Cyrillus Kreek (1889-1962)
Õnnis on inimene

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (b. 1933)
Totus Tuus

Robin Freeman
Benjamin Gulick
Juan Hernandez
Juan Carlos Zamudio

The Rev. Deacon Evan Freeman

Robin and Dn. Evan are friends and fellow All Saints-ers, incidentally.

Very much recommended, especially since they’re including some of Met. Hilarion’s music. As the poster notes, it is free and open to the public. If you’re around, give this a listen. If you’re on Facebook, RSVP to the event here.

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