Phanariots create the Vicariate of the parishes of the slavic tradition in the USA

On March 9, 2020, Archbishop Elpidophoros, administrator of the Archdiocese of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the United States, announced that by the decision adopted in the Phanar, a Vicariate of Orthodox Christian communities of the Slavic tradition was created within the exarchate. It is reported by Orthodoxtimes.

The new vicariate will submit directly to Archbishop Elpidophoros. The founders of the new structure will be the believers of the Cathedral of St. Matrona of Moscow in Miami, whose leader Archimandrite Alexander Belya in 2019 who left the ROCOR announced the transition to the jurisdiction of the Phanar. As well as the Nikolaev Monastery in Fort Myers, Florida, which was under his jurisdiction, and the Cathedral of John the Baptist in Brooklyn, the rector of which is Archimandrite`s father, Archpriest Alexander Belya.

In addition to this “family contract”, the clergy of the new Vicariate include Archpriest Vasily Deyak, Archpriest John Spasiuk, Protodeacon Rostislav Zadorozhny and Deacon George A. Gero. Archimandrite Alexander Belya will be appointed as the first curate of the new structure.

Archimandrite Alexander Belya announced his leaving the ROCOR on September 2, 2019. The Patriarchate of Constantinople accepted the parish in Miami. The clerics of the Matrona Cathedral and Nikolsky Monastery did not follow him. On September 3, information about the prohibition of the archimandrite in the ministry and the appointment of an investigation appeared. After that his candidacy for the bishop of Miami, the vicar of the Eastern European Diocese, was finally withdrawn in the ROCOR.

Photo Orthodoxtimes.

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