Fraternal Visit of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon
On Monday, July 6, 2015, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, offered a fraternal visit to His Holiness the Catholicos of the East. The meeting took place at the Northeast American Diocesan Chancery in Muttontown, New York.
Accompanying His Beatitude, were Archpriests John Jillions, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, Eric Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America, and Dr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York.
His Holiness, and His Beatitude spoke of the common challenges of the Orthodox Church worldwide, most especially in the North American context. His Beatitude also shared of the work His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan has been offering as a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.
During the pleasant meeting between the two heads of Churches, His Holiness extended a formal invitation to His Beatitude, to be the Chief Guest of Honor for the concluding bicentennial celebrations of the Orthodox Theological Seminary, in Kottayam, Kerala, India.
Also present during the meeting were His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan, Rev. Fr. Dr. Johns Abraham Konat, Rev. Fr. Thomas Paul, Rev. Fr. Sujit Thomas, Rev. Fr. Jiss Johnson, and Rev. Fr. Abraham George.
The Orthodox Church in America traces its origins to the missionary movement of eight Orthodox monks in Alaska, in 1794. Later in 1970, this growing Church in diaspora was granted autocephaly by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Today, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, leads the Orthodox Church in America with more than ten bishops who shepherd over 700 parishes, missions, monasteries and institutions throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
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