October 18, 2016
Atlanta, GA: Clergy Conference begins at St. Mary of Egypt Church
Tuesday, October 18, on the feast of the Synaxis of the Hierarchs of
Moscow, clergy and matushkas from across the Eastern American
Diocese gathered at
St. Mary of Egypt Church
in Atlanta, GA for the official start of the autumnal diocesan
clergy conference. At 11:00 AM, participants greeted two
wonderworking icons of the Mother of God – the Kursk Root Icon and
the "Softener of Evil Hearts" – in the presence of which the
conference will be held. In the church, diocesan secretary
Archpriest Serge Lukianov served a moleben before the beginning of
any good work. Praying at the moleben were the First Hierarch of the
Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of
Eastern America & New York, as well as Metropolitan Jonah
(Paffhausen; former primate of the Orthodox Church in America) and
His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of
the moleben, the First Hierarch greeted the participants, wishing
them a successful and productive visit. His Eminence especially
greeted the two speakers: Archpriest Nicholas Artemoff (Diocese of
Germany) and Deacon Mark Barna (OCA), and expressed his gratitude to
parish rector Archpriest John Townsend and the local committee for
their work in organizing the conference and their hospitality.
Bishop Nicholas addressed those gathered with a brief report on the
recent travels of the Kursk Root Icon to Russia, specifically to
Saransk and Mordovia.
Then, toward 12:00 noon, lunch was served, after which the
conference program began.
The autumnal clergy conference is being held October 18-20.
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