Sunday, September 28, 2014

St. Dimitri of Rostov parish leaves OCA and is no more

Event: Sunday, 28 September 2014
Updated: Saturday, 8 Nov 14

The parishioners of St. Dimitri of Rostov parish of the Orthodox Church in America hope to join the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. To do that requires that it start anew, beginning with a new name. 

St. Dimitri of Rostov Orthodox Church

St. Dimitri's dome

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, the last Liturgy was celebrated under the auspices of The Orthodox Church in America (OCA), an autocephalous daughter of the parent Russian Orthodox Church based in Moscow.  St. Dmitri's parish council and all other parishioners signed an official letter seeking entry into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States of America (UOCofUSAunder the sponsorship and protection of its Bishop Daniel.

8 Nov 14. Last night Bishop Daniel visited our small parish to discuss the legalities and ecclesiastical procedures for how to proceed becoming part of the family of the UOCofUSA. 

Because the current leadership of the OCA has ignored and eventually denied our long-standing petition to be released from the OCA, the parish had no other choice than that of legally dissolving itself and divesting all its assets and connections to the OCA.  The parish must now re-invent itself, beginning with conceiving a new name. This process has now begun as of last night's discussion with Bishop Daniel. 

To be continued...

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