Our new auxiliary administrator

by Andrea Elizabeth

Bishop Mark released from Antiochian Archdiocese, received by Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America

Posted 12/13

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] In a letter dated December 8, 2010, His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip, Primate of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, granted a canonical release to His Grace, Bishop Mark [Maymon] to enter the canonical jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church in America.

This action was a response to an official request made by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, on behalf of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America.

Upon receipt of the letter from Metropolitan Philip, Metropolitan Jonah expressed his “appreciation for the harmonious relations of the Orthodox Church in America and the Antiochian Archdiocese, as shown most recently in the release of Bishop Mark…. We welcome His Grace, Bishop Mark into the Orthodox Church in America and look forward to close collaboration in ministry and mission.”

Effective January 1, 2011, Bishop Mark will serve as Auxiliary to Metropolitan Jonah with the title “Bishop of Baltimore” and will administer the OCA Diocese of the South.

I wonder if this is a transition period before Bishop Mark becomes Bishop of Dallas and the South. I doubt the OCA is going to adopt the idea of Auxiliary Bishops, so it’s an odd choice of titles. Except that Metropolitan Jonah was Auxiliary Bishop of Ft. Worth to our retired Archbishop Dmitri for 11 days.

Welcome Your Grace! I wonder if St. Herman had anything to do with it.