Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
Provisional Supreme Church Authority
.· 21\12\08 - During Divine Liturgy in the Church of Archangel Michael in Odessa, Metropolitan Agafangel ordained a reader form Voronezh, Aleksey Merzlinin, as sub-deacon and then deacon. Clergy from the Odessa church served with Vladyka Agafangel, along with Archpriest Oleg Mironov, the rector of the parish where the newly-named deacon will serve.
· The diocesan website of the Bolgrad diocese has debuted at http://slovestnik.ru.gg/
· A gallery of photos of the Vth All-Diaspora Council can be viewed on the website of the St. Petersburg diocese:http://www.vishegorod.ru/v-sobor-photos.html
· The Vth All-Diaspora Council took place November 18-22, 2008, in New York, USA. The notable results were: the election of a Hierarch and members of the Synod of Bishops; the declaration that the "Act of Eucharistic Communion" is an unlawful and non-conciliar document; the approval of a Determination regarding sergianism; and the Glorification among the saints of the Third First Hierarch of the ROCA, Metropolitan Philaret.
· 30/12/07 - Bishop Silvano of Luni, the Exarch of Italy for the Holy Synod of Resistance, concelebrated the Holy Liturgy with B. Agafangel in the Church of St. Michael in Odessa. Bishop Silvano visited Odessa accompanied by Protopresbyter Vitaliy, Archpriest Stefan, and Archdeacon Seraphim. After the liturgy, Bishop Silvano presented as a gift holy relics from Martyr Alexander, from the church in Pistoia, Italy.
News from the St. Petersburg diocese:· 3/16/12/2007 - The Bogoyavlenskiy monastery in Naverezh: His Eminence Sofroniy, Bishop of St. Petersburg and Northern Russia, elevated subdeacon Zosima to deacon during the Holy Liturgy.
6/19/12/2007 - The Bogoyavlenskiy monastery in Naverezh: His Eminence Sofroniy, Bishop of St. Petersburg and Northern Russia, elevated hierodeacon Savvatiy to hieromonk during the Holy Liturgy.· 10/23/12/2007 - Bishop Sofroniy, with the blessing of the PSEA, visited the parish of the Church of All Saints in Voronezh, Russia. Bishop Sofroniy elevated pastor Roman Kravts to archpriest during the Holy Liturgy.· 17/20/12/2007 - The parish of the Protection of the Mother of God (150 people), located in Dudachkino (Volkhovskiy region, Leningrad oblast), was accepted to ROCA on behalf of the PSEA by His Eminence Sofroniy, Bishop of St. Petersburg and Northern Russia. The parish priest is Fr. Aleksandr Sukhov.· 19/12/2007 - 01/01/2008 - Naverezh: Monk Cyprian (Medvedev) was accepted to the monastery with the blessing of His Eminence Sofroniy, Bishop of St. Petersburg and Northern Russia.
Bishop Agafangel, pastor Fr. Vasiliy Demchenko, and the Protection of the Mother of God church choir. · 09.12.07 - Holy Liturgy was held in the Church of St. Michael in Odessa, officiated by 5 bishops: Bishop Agafangel of Taurida and Odessa, Bishop George of Alania, Bishop Ambrose of Methone, Bishop Andronik of Richmond and New York, and Bishop Sofroniy of St. Petersburg and Northern Russia. Hieromonk John (Shmelts) was elevated to Hegumen by Bishop Agafangel during the Liturgy. · A regularly scheduled meeting of the ROCA PSEA was held in the rectory of the Church of St. Michael in Odessa from December 6 through 8, 2007