Letter of the Archdiocesan Council of January 17, 2019 to His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch, Archbishop of Constantinople, Bartholomew I

Protocol No. 19.002
Paris, January 18, 2019
His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Istanbul Rum Patrikligi Sadrazam Ali Pasa Cad. No. 35 Fatih 34220 Istanbul TURKEY

Your All-Holiness,

Communiqué of the Council of the Archdiocese - 17 January 2019

In recent days, many priests and deacons of the Archdiocese have received a letter from the Greek Metropolitan of the country where they reside, ordering them to cease commemorating their own Archbishop, to join the clergy of the Greek Metropolia, to consider that our parishes and communities are already part of these Metropolia and finally ordering them to hand over all relevant parish documents and records.

In this regard, the Council of the Archdiocese refers to its communiqué of 30 November and offers some clarifications.

COMMUNIQUE of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (November 29, 2018)

The Holy and Sacred Synod convened under the chairmanship of His All-Holiness for its regular sessions from Tuesday, November 27, to Thursday, November 29, 2018.

Communiqué of the Council of the Archdiocese of 15th December 2018

Following the Pastoral Assembly held on 15th December at the Church of St Sergius, in which nearly all the clergy of the Archdiocese took part, His Eminence Archbishop John of Charioupolis, ruling Archbishop of the Orthodox Churches of Russian Tradition in Western Europe, in consultation with the Council of the Archdiocese which met immediately after the Pastoral Assembly, has convened an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Diocesan Governing Union of Russian Orthodox Associations in Western Europe, of which he is the President.

Communique of the Diocesan Administration

You are reminded that the Pastoral Assembly which is to meet on Saturday 15 December 2018, with the participation of members of the clergy and to which the lay members of the Archdiocesan Council are invited, does not constitute a statutory decision-making body regarding the future of the Archdiocese. It is an occasion for consultation and communion by His Eminence the Archbishop in charge with his clergy, indispensable for the exercise of the episcopal ministry.

Communiqué of the Council of the Archdiocese of 30th November 2018

The Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe, which is one of the oldest Orthodox ecclesiastical entities in our regions, had been placed under the pastoral responsibility of Metropolitan Evloghiy (Guéorguievski) by Saint Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow, by decree of 8th April 1921. Thrown onto the paths of exile by the Bolshevik Revolution, the Russian émigrés established, with faith and courage, an ecclesiastical presence based on the main principles of the unfulfilled Council of Moscow of 1917-1918.

Pastoral message of Archbishop John of Charioupolis

A Pastoral message of Archbishop John of Charioupolis, Exarch of His All-holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople has been published on the Archdiocese website. Click here view the pdf document. 

Communiqué from the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the Churches of Russian Tradition in Western Europe

The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in its session of November 27, 2018, decided to revoke the patriarchal Tomos of 1999 by which it granted the pastoral care and administration of Orthodox parishes of Russian tradition in Western Europe to its archbishop-exarch.

This decision answers the pastoral and spiritual needs of our time, with the greatest respect for canon law and our spiritual responsibility.

Communiqué of November 28, 2018 from the Office of the Diocesan Administration

The diocesan administration communicates to all the members of the Archdiocese that, on November 27, 2018, the Holy Synod of our Patriarchate decided to abolish the status of our Archdiocese as an Exarchate.

This decision of the Holy Synod, which has yet to be received officially at the see of the Archdiocese, was in no way requested by the Archdiocese. His Eminence, Archbishop John, was not consulted prior to this decision.

Archbishop's visit to the parish of St Peter and St Paul in London in Clapham and ordination of Father Stefan

The Divine Liturgy celebrated on Sunday 11th November 2018 at the the parish of St Peter and St Paul in London was presided by Archbishop John, assisted by Archpriest Patrick Hodson (dean of the UK), Archpriest Alexander (rector of our parish), Father Ian Wallis (rector of the parish of the Nativity of Christ, Lewes), Father Ian (assist

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