The Holy Synod decided to suspend His Eminence Archbishop

Author: Igumen Alexander Pihach
Date Published: 12/01/2010

To the Reverend Clergy and Faithful of our Archdiocese of Canada, Orthodox Church in America:

On November 30, 2010, during a special meeting called by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America decided to suspend Archbishop Seraphim. This decision was reached after careful deliberations and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Orthodox Church in America which are mandated in cases of allegations of sexual misconduct.

At the same time, the Holy Synod has designated His Grace Bishop Irenee of Quebec City to be the Administrator of the Archdiocese of Canada, responsible for all aspects of the hierarchical supervision of the Archdiocese.

Commemorations during the liturgical services should be for His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah and Bishop Irenee of Quebec City, Administrator of the Archdiocese of Canada.

All matters requiring the attention of the Bishop should be forwarded to the Chancery Office in Ottawa:

15 LeBreton Street North
OTTAWA, ON K1R 7H1
Office Number: 613-233-7780
Fax Number: 613-233-1931

In Christ Jesus

Igumen Alexander (Pihach)
Chancellor Archdiocese of Canada