Assembly of Bishops Executive Committee Meets, Approves Agenda for AoB XII as well as a Working Group on Marriage and Family Ministries

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

NEW YORK – The Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America concluded a hybrid meeting on November 22, 2022. The members lamented the repose of their brothers – Metropolitan Ilia (EP), Metropolitan Hilarion (ROCOR), Archbishop Paul (OCA), Metropolitan Herman (OCA), and Metropolitan Theodosios (OCA) – and acknowledged recent changes, including the retirements of Bishop Basil (AOCA) and Metropolitan Joseph (AOCA), the ordination of Bishop Constantine (EP) and appointment of Metropolitan Antonios (AOCA), and the elevation of Metropolitan Nicholas (ROCOR) and Archbishop Daniel (OCA).

The bishops then approved a new board member for OCMC and established new chairs for the Committee for Pastoral Practice (Bishop Sebastian) and Committee for Liturgy (Bishop Spyridon).

After approving the agenda for the January 28-31, 2022 meeting, the hierarchs discussed matters of common concern, approving a working group on marriage and family ministries. The working group will convene experts cross-jurisdictionally to explore opportunities for collaboration on ministries related to parenting, family, and marriage in the Orthodox Christian context.