OCA Holy Synod issues statements after April 17, 2008, meeting

Date Published: 04/17/2008

SYOSSET, NY [OCA Communications] — The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, meeting at the OCA Chancery in Oyster Bay Cove, NY, on April 17, 2008, has issued the following statements.

“His Grace, Nikolai, Bishop of Sitka, Anchorage, and Alaska, after having heard the report of His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel, and His Grace, Bishop Tikhon; and after the deliberations of the Holy Synod of Bishops, has agreed to take a voluntary leave-of-absence, to be reviewed at the May 2008 Session of the Holy Synod of Bishops.

“His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman takes the responsibility of Administrator of the Diocese of Alaska, effective April 17, 2008.

“His Grace, Bishop Benjamin is named to assist Metropolitan Herman in the administration of the Diocese of Alaska.

“The Holy Synod received and approved the following recommendations of the Metropolitan Council, made at their meeting of March 31 – April 2, 2008: