Communiqué of the 2011 Great Lenten Clergy Retreat
Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America
Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
the clergy of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America, gathered together in
offered our condolences to the Carpatho-Russian Diocese on the repose of
Metropolitan Nicholas, and also to the parishioners of
We noted the recent positive growth of the diocese, particularly the new temples in Austin, Spring, and McKinney, Texas dedicated to the Holy Protection, St. Jonah, and St. Nicholas, respectively. We discussed the need to commit ourselves and our parishioners to the missionary work of the St. John Kochurov Society.
We discussed the ongoing need for attention to our youth, specifically through continued support of the ORPR Camp. We thanked Father Andrei Sommer for his presentation on the work of the Synodal Youth Committee.
expressed our support and offered prayers for our suffering brethren in
We reaffirmed our commitment to monastic life in the diocese and began making plans for the next monastic retreat in the diocese.
We discussed plans for the 2012 Diocesan Assembly.
heard Father Martin Swanson’s
report on the
Having gathered together in prayer for the commemoration of the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, we hope and pray that the unity of Christ’s Body we experienced here be manifested throughout the diocese.
Accepted unanimously by the assembled clergymen of the diocese.