Monday, February 04, 2013
COMMITTEE FOR CANONICAL REGIONAL PLANNING
Summary Report – June 2011-August 2012
Committee: Archbishop Nicolae (Chairman), Archbishop Justinian, Metropolitan Iakovos, Metropolitan Nicholas, Bishop Daniil; Consultants: Fr Nicholas Apostola, Fr Joseph Abud, Fr Bazyl Zawierucha, Tatiana Veselkina, Jerry Dimitriou, Alexei Krindatch, Demitrios Moschos, Steve Radakovich; Secretariat Liaison: Protodeacon Peter Danilchick
Objective of the Committee
The Committee for Canonical Regional Planning is charged with formulating a proposal for a plan to organize all the Orthodox faithful of every jurisdiction in the Region on a canonical basis, in accordance with the Rules of Operation, Article 5.e of the 4th Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference in Chambésy.
Activities and Status of Work since May 2011 Assembly Meeting
Meetings: The Committee met in person with the consultants in Chicago on January 27, 2012 and three times by teleconference thereafter.
Research: Extensive analytical work was undertaken by consultant Alexei Krindatch. Special attention was given to examination of the membership, church attendance, languages used and strength of the ethnic culture in the local Orthodox parishes. The Committee discussed different potential models for the ecclesiastical governance structure in the USA. A study is also undertaken to examine parish clergy employment issues.
Subcommittees: Work was undertaken throughout the year by three separate subcommittees:
Action Items for the September 2012 Assembly
Present a summary of the Committee’s work at the Assembly meeting in Chicago for discussion, reaction, and contribution of ideas from the member hierarchs – especially regarding the next steps to formulate the proposed reorganization plan.
Archbishop Nicolae, Chairman
Committee for Canonical Regional Planning