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Jan 26, 1999

NEWS RELEASE

In accordance with the Patriarchal and Synodical encouragement of January 12, 1999, which occurred with the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Holy Archdiocese of America at its recent meeting at the Phanar, the Holy Eparchial Synod met today under the presidency of His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon of America.

There were two items on the agenda: 1) the formation of a list of candidates for the episcopacy, as a first step in filling the vacant Sees of New Jersey, Atlanta and Detroit, and 2) the formation of a list of issues that have concerned the Archdiocese in recent months, and whose solution will contribute to greater cooperation among the Hierarchy and to a re-vitalization of the ageless synodical institutional structure of the Church.

A spirit of fraternal cooperation and Christian love prevailed over the meeting, as befits every ecclesiastical gathering.

It is the conviction of the Eparchial Synod that a speedy restoration of an atmosphere of confidence, reconciliation and peace would be for everyone, clergy and laity, most edifying to the Body of the Church, and shall pursue the sacred objectives of the Holy Archdiocese, “pressing on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling” (Philippians 3:14) and “running with patience the race that is set before us,” “looking unto Jesus the Beginning and Perfection of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

From the Office of the Holy Synod

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