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Metropolitan's Message Regarding Special Archdiocese Convention



Metropolitan's Message Regarding Special Archdiocese Convention



February 3, 2004



Beloved Hierarchs, Clergy, Trustees, Parish Council Members and All Faithful of this God-Protected Archdiocese:

Greetings and Blessings to all of you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!


As we wrote in our letter of December 31, 2003, we are calling a Special Convention of this Archdiocese in order to proceed with the implementation of our Self-Rule status.  This Special Convention will be held from Friday July 16th through Sunday July 18th, 2004 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Delegates are expected to arrive in Pittsburgh on Thursday July 15th.  Please make your reservations early for this historic Special Convention by using the following hotel information:

Hilton Pittsburgh

Gateway Center, Downtown

Call 1-800-445-8667 by June 15, 2004 to make your reservations

and secure the special room rate of $99.00 per night plus tax.

Tell the operator that you are with the Antiochian Orthodox Church.

Transportation – Shuttle from Pittsburgh International Airport is available

at a cost of $16.00 one way, or $30.00 round trip.

Parking is $24.00 per day for valet – local garages are also available


All parishes and missions must be represented at this special convention, either in person, or by valid proxy.  Official proxy forms will be mailed in late April or early May.  All pastors are expected to attend in person.  No community will be seated at the special convention unless all of the following obligations have been met:


1.       All 2003 assessments, tithes, and special trays have been paid in full.

2.       All 2004 assessments, tithes, and trays are up-to-date at the time of the convention.

3.       A Statistics and Census Report has been filed with the Archdiocese office for the year ending December 31, 2003.  These reports were due by Feb. 1, 2004.


Please note that the schedule of the Clergy Symposium will be different this year.  Normally it would run from Monday afternoon through Friday.  This year, it will start on Sunday afternoon, July 18th, and end on Thursday, July 22nd.  All clergy should be sure that their schedule accounts for this change.


Praying that our Lord will bless our planning and deliberations for the glorification of His Holy Church, I remain


Your Father in Christ,



Metropolitan PHILIP


Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America


Agenda for the Special Convention