Summary Report of the Preliminary Report of the Special Investigative Committee …

Date Published: 10/16/2007

…and the Proceedings of the Spiritual Court for Robert Kondratick

In an article post at 6:30 PM this evening – and then inexplicably taken down from the site – the OCA released a short summary of the long-awaited preliminary Report of the Special Commission. The Metropolitan had stated earlier this morning that the summary would be released following publication of the decision in the appeal of Robert Kondratick, heard earlier this morning. (Read the Metropolitan’s address here.) No decision has been posted as of 8:00 PM this evening. Then, at 8:01 PM, the following appeared on the site:


“The Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America, meeting at is regular Session on October 16, 2007, at the Chancery, in Oyster Bay Cove, New York, heard the written appeal, orally presented, by Robert S Kondratick, concerning the conclusions of the Diocesan Court of the Diocese of Washington, New York, and New Jersey. These conclusions were received by the Holy Synod of Bishops at its Special Session on July 31-August 1, 2007, The Holy Synod of Bishops is considering this appeal, in accordance with the Statute of The Orthodox Church in America. The decision will be communicated to Robert S Kondratick in due time.”>> has learned that Kondratick’s appeal was heard today in a session held at Syosset that last 30 minutes. Accompanied by monk James Silver, Robert Kondratick read an 11 page statement, and presented a 62 page report on the allegations against him to all the Bishops. Metropolitan Herman was presiding. Following Kondratick’s statement, no questions were asked, and Kondratick was dismissed to await a decision “in due time”.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Council was meeting at their nearby hotel. These sessions, normally chaired by Metropolitan Herman, were chaired by OCA Chancellor, Fr. Alex Garklavs.

The summary preliminary Report which was only briefly posted reads:


In December 2006, during the joint meeting of the Holy Synod and the Metropolitan Council, Metropolitan HERMAN appointed a Special Committee “to work . . . with the attorneys from Proskauer Rose and to bring the investigation to a conclusion in the most appropriate way.” The Special Committee was composed of Archbishop Job, Bishop Benjamin, Fr. Vladimir Berzonsky, Fr. John Reeves, Gregory Nescott and Dr. Faith Skordinski.

In March 2007, the Special Committee presented its preliminary report to both the Holy Synod of Bishops and the Metropolitan Council. Having worked with the attorneys at Proskauer Rose LLP and the accountants at Lambrides Lamos & Moulthrop LLP, the Special Committee reported those professionals’ observations, provided below, which became the basis of the accusations against the former Chancellor, Robert S. Kondratick.