Correction: We have been informed by official sources that the authors of the letter are incorrect in stating that Bp Demetrius has been installed. The Synod of the GOC-Kallinikos is considering Bp Demetrius’ petition.
A forwarded email listing the monks who are leaving HTM has been made public. It appears the letter may have been written earlier this week. According to the letter, which names all the departing parties, the writer mistakenly stated that Bp Demetrius was to be installed as Bishop of New York for the GOC-Kallinikos this Sunday as a suffragan Bishop– in fact, the GOC-Kallinikos is only currently considering his petition. It also appears that HTM is allowing the sale of a property for $2 Million to facilitate the move. The monks will be moving to the Ascension monastery in Bearsville, NY and it appears the move will take place by the end of the week.
The letter in full is below.
We are definitely leaving…and it seems on fairly good terms.
One. We should be starting the move on Wednesday or Thursday of next week (Sept. 19-20).
Here is where we are going:
Holy Ascension Monastery
521 Coldbrook Road
Bearsville NY 12409
They currently have four monastics. One priestmonk (Fr. Maximos) and two monks and a novice.
List of fathers leaving HTM:
Bishop Demetrius – he resigned from our Synod today and is going to Greece (this Sunday, Sept. 16th) to be installed as the Bishop of New York (not sure of his title, nor his diocese) for the Old Calendar synod called GOC – Kallinikos Synod.
Fr. Anthony – he is going to a monastery in California (St. Gregory of Sinai).
Pater Seraphim (the Greek)
Fr. Barsanuphius (hierodeacon)
Fr. Parthenius (priestmonk) – he will be going to New York with us, but may eventually go to the monastery in California (St. Gregory of Sinai) since he is a priestmonk…and they do not have one at the monastery.
Fr. Ignatius (priestmonk)
Fr. Agathangelos (hierodeacon)
Fr. Menas (priestmonk)
David (Chadoin) – he will be answering the phones there, too.
Nicholas (Snogren) – who currently lives at the Diocese House.
Two. Fr. Isaac has acted honorably in dealing with our leaving and what we can take with us. He has gotten permission from the monastic community to sell a property in Maine, which will probably sell for 1.5 to 2 Million dollars. Also, he is giving us one of the vans from the monastery. Also, he is allowing us to take what is in our cells and the computers that we use.