Special Committee formed to continue investigation of St. Tikhon’s Monastery

Date Published: 06/17/2009

SYOSSET, NY [OCA Communications/DATE] — A further step in the ongoing investigation into the financial crisis at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, South Canaan, PA, initiated by the OCA’s Holy Synod of Bishops earlier this year [see http://www.oca.org/news/1784], has been taken with the formal establishment of a Special Committee.

The committee is charged with determining the nature and extent of possible financial mismanagement alleged to have occurred at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery during the past several years.

As previously stated by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, “evidence of financial mismanagement and possible wrongdoing” had been discovered, leading to disciplinary actions against certain employees.

Metropolitan Jonah also had emphasized that “the Holy Synod wants to continue the investigative process as transparently as possible.”

With the blessing of Metropolitan Jonah, the Special Committee is being chaired by His Grace, Bishop Nikon of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese. Committee members include Archpriests Michael Matsko, John Steffaro, and Mark Sherman; Priest Steven Vernak; and Mr. Larry Skvir, with Mr. Sergei Givotovsky, a member of the Metropolitan Council Legal Committee, serving as legal advisor.

The Special Committee will present its final report to members of the Holy Synod and Metropolitan Council later this year.