In recent months, both His Eminence Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Etna, and His Grace Bishop Sergios of Portland, have requested and been granted retirement by the Holy Synod of the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece, under the Presidency of His Beatitude Archbishop Kallinikos of Athens and All Greece (GOC-K). Both are retiring for reasons of health.
Due to the merger in March 2014 of the former Synod in Resistance into the Church of the GOC, a temporary administrative situation was created in America whereby the former Archdiocese of Etna (renamed the Metropolis of Etna) was granted a status of being directly subject to the Holy Synod in Greece, instead of being part of the local, autonomous Eparchial Synod of America (which was granted such status under the tenure of the former Metropolitan of America, Pavlos, in 2003), and consisted of all the parishes belonging to the former Archdiocese. Hence, there was a certain temporary overlapping of jurisdictions, to ease the unification and transition processes.
With the retirement of the hierarchs of the respective diocese and metropolis at the same time, a decision was made by the Holy Synod to unite them, which will occur upon the election of a successor hierarch on January 9/22, 2015.
Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Etna will reside in retirement at the Saint Gregory Palamas Monastery in Etna, California, as he has since its founding, and will continue to be active in serving the Church in his other capacities. As for Bishop Sergios of Portland, he will continue to serve as the abbot of the St. Gregory Palamas Monastery in Kelseyville, California, which he founded in the 1990s.
Until the new election, His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius of America will serve as locum tenens.