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Feb 25, 1999

NEWS RELEASE

The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Holy Archdiocese of America held its regularly scheduled meeting today, February 25, 1999, under the presidency of His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon.

In accordance with the agenda, the Holy Eparchial Synod was concerned with, among other things, the following: the preparation of the ballots for the three candidates to be elected for each vacant Diocesan See (New Jersey, Atlanta and Detroit), an examination of the issues submitted by the Metropolitans at the last meeting of the Holy Eparchial Synod, an examination of issues of a canonical character, a study of the issue of the stewardship of the communities, and an examination of the relationship of the Hierarchy and the Press.

Three candidates were prepared for each Diocesan See, which will be submitted as soon as possible to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for further action.

There was a confirmation of the significant progress made in the examination of the issues submitted by the Metropolitans. Specifically, the Holy Eparchial Synod expressed its satisfaction with the cessation of certain legal actions and the disposition of Leadership 100.

Concerning the issue of the stewardship offerings of the communities, there was a recommendation for the relevant oversight of the Metropolitans.

Insofar as the relations of the Hierarchy and the Press are concerned, it was decided to renew the position that was expressed in a special (joint) encyclical in the past, that the Hierarchy does not identify with any lay or “paraecclesiastical” organization and, consequently, does not approve their utilization by any such organization.

The meeting began and ended with prayer. Before the commencement of their synodical work, a Trisagion was chanted for the repose of the recently deceased former Bishop of Detroit, Timothy, who had been a member of the Holy Eparchial Synod.

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