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Press Release of Holy and Sacred Synod for the Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou in Astoria, New York (04.11.2010).

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    During the deliberations of the Holy and Sacred Synod, from November 2nd to November 4th, the issue that arose to the Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou in Astoria, New York, was evaluated.  After being duly informed by the appropriate Synodical Committee, which received individually the Monastery Abbot, His Excellency Metropolitan Paisios of Tyana, and the Deputy Abbot, His Grace Bishop Vikentios of Apameia, the Synod considered the written reports of both aforementioned hierarchs and unanimously decided:

a) That the Metropolitan of Tyana and the Bishop of Apameia abstain from the Monastery, remaining temporarily in Greece.
b) That a Patriarchal Exarchy be sent to Astoria, comprising the following members: His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles, V. Rev. Archimandrite Petros, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Dionysiou on Mt. Athos, and the V. Rev. Archimandrite Kyrillos, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Essex, England.
c) That the Holy and Sacred Synod revisit this matter at its next meeting on December 1, 2010, in order to render its final decisions concerning the Monastery on the basis of the report submitted by the above-mentioned 3-member Exarchy.

At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the 4th of November 2010

From the Chief Secretariat
of the Holy and Sacred Synod