Bishop Peter attends Moscow Patriarchate conference
On October 11/24, 2007 Bishop Peter of Cleveland, Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America, attended the 11th Conference of the Moscow Patriarchate Parishes in the United States at the invitation of Bishop Mercury of Zaraisk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the United States. The Conference was held at the church of Archangel Michael in Redford, MI. Bishop Peter was accompanied to the Conference by Priest Gregory Joyce, Secretary of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America.
His Grace Bishop Peter read the Greeting of Metropolitan Laurus to the Conference, as well as answered questions from the participants of the conference on the future cooperation between the newly-reconciled parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the United States. Bishop Peter also answered questions about St. John of Shanghai & San Francisco and his life as St. John’s cell keeper and personal assistant during the final years of St. John’s earthly life. Following Bishop Peter’s address and the question and answer period a Thanksgiving moleben in commemoration of the reconciliation of the Russian Church was held in the church of St. Michael the Archangel, the host parish of the Conference. Following the moleben a festive banquet was held in the parish hall.
It is hoped that events such as this, where representatives of the two parts of the newly-reconciled Russian Church have the opportunity to meet prayerfully in an atmosphere of brotherly cooperation, will strengthen the ties of mutual understanding and joint collaboration inaugurated at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow at the feast of the Ascension this year.