Metropolitan Agafangel's Visit to the USA
(March 10-22, 2011)

The Most Reverend Metropolitan Agafangel and Bishop Georiy arrived in the USA on March 10.  The next day, both visited the general editor of the magazine "Tribune of Russian Opinion," Alexander Bondarev. who lives in New Jersey.  Alexander's wife Maria heads the charity CIS Development Foundation, which helps people throughout the world, including our parish in Odessa.  Metropolitan Agafangel and Bishop Georiy served Vigil on March 12 and Divine Liturgy the next day at the Holy Trinity Church in Astoria.  They officiated over the rite of the Triumph of Orthodoxy that Sunday.  Monday, March 14, Metropolitan Agafangel had several meetings regarding matters important to the Church.  Tuesday, March 15, a joint meeting of the New York and Candian dioceses took place at Valley Cottage.

That same day, the clergy at the meeting attended the Vigil service at the Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh at the Tolstoy Foundation. On Wednesday, March 16, Metropolitan Agafangel officiated during the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts along with Archbishop Andronik, and Bishops Georgiy and Joseph.  A session of the ROCA Bishops' Council began later that day after lunch.  The session was chaired by Metropolitan Agafangel along with Bishops Andronik, Sofroniy, Afanasiy, Georgiy and Gregory.

The Synod concluded its work on March 17.

On March 19, Metropolitan Agafangel along with Archpriest Vsevolod Dutikow and Deacon Fr. Dimitriy Dobronravov arrived at the Church of the Holy Ascension in Fairfax, VA, where they attended the Vigil service.  Metropolitan Agafangel served Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 20, along with Bishop Joseph, Fr. Vsevolod Dutikow, Fr. John Hinton and Deacon Fr. Dimitriy Dobronravov.

The Liturgy was followed by a trapeza after which Metropolitan Agafangel spoke with the parishioners and answered a number of questions.  They returned to New York City later that day.

Metropolitan Agafangel left for Odessa on March 22, 2011.