August 31, 2010
At the chancellery’s chapel, His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah said a brief thanksgiving, with His Eminence Ilarion attending.
After the service, the DECR chairman had a meeting with Metropolitan Jonah, Bishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey; Archpriest Alexander Garklavs, chancellor; Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, director of foreign and inter-church relations, Archpriest John Behr, rector of St. Vladimir’s Seminary; Archpriest Chad Hatfield, chancellor of the seminary, and Archpriest Alexander Rentel, secretary of the seminary’s academic council.
They discussed issues concerning the development of Orthodoxy in the American continent. The DECR chairman spoke about his participation in the Preparatory Commission for the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church and a number of inter-Orthodox events.
As a token of Metropolitan Ilarion’s visit to the OCA chancellery, Metropolitan Jonah presented him with an icon of St. Herman of Alaska with particles of the saint’s relics.
Metropolitan Ilarion, on his part, spoke about the development of church life in Russia and other countries under the canonical jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate.
As a token of their meeting, the head of the Greek Archdiocese presented the DECR chairman with a bishop’s staff and two volumes of his works in English.