The Church of Holy Prince Vladimir in Canada has
joined the North American Adminsitrative Ditrict, along with the pastor Fr.
From February 29 to
March 3, 2008, the Most Reverend Andronik, Bishop of Richmond Hill and New York
and Vice Chairman of the ROCA PSEA, visited the parish of Holy Prince Vladimir
in Edmonton, Canada, at the invitation of the pastor, Fr. Andrew Kencis, and the
The Most Reverend Bishop Andronik and Protodeacon Job Chemerov arrived in Edmonton on Friday, February 29, and were warmly greeted by the pastor, Fr. Andrew, and ryasoforniy monk Seraphim, whom Bishop Andronik knew in the Holy Land.
On Saturday, at 3 PM, a meeting took place between the Most Reverend Andronik and the pastor and parishioners (about 50 people). At the meeting, the matter of the Holy Prince Vladimir parish coming under the saintly omofor of the Most Reverend Bishop Andronik was discussed. Many questions were posed by the parishioners, which Bishop Andronik answered completely. The discussion lasted more than two hours, during which time it became clear that the parish had a firm resolve to join ROCA and come under the omofor of the Most Reverend Bishop Andronik.
The parish priest, Fr. Andrew offered to have an open vote on the matter. Everyone present unanimously voted to return to the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and they asked the Most Reverend Bishop Andronik to receive the Parish of the Holy Prince Vladimir under his omofor.
The evening vigil began
at 6 PM officiated by Bishop Andronik along with the rector Fr. Andrew and
Protodeacon Job Chemerov.
The next day, Sunday at 10 AM, the parish met their new and lawful bishop, who led the Holy Liturgy along with the other clergy. Many parishioners of this parish took communion of the Holy Gifts during the liturgy.
Protodeacon Job Chemerov declared "Many Years" to the Most Reverend Bishop Agafangel and Bishop Andronik, as well as to the pastor and the parishioners of the parish of Holy Prince Vladimir.
Group photo shots were
taken to record the event.
The celebration concluded with a trapeza during which everyone thanked the Most Reverend Bishop Andronik for his efforts and the consideration shown to this small parish. Everyone was filled with joy that the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad has been saved and continues its mission, even though a part of it has gone over to the MP.
On March 3, 2008, the Most Reverend Bishop Andronik and Protodeacon Job Chemerov returned to New York.