Corrected: One HOCNA Parishes Leaves, Another Divides with Priest Leaving

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Corrected: One HOCNA Parishes Leaves, Another Divides with Priest Leaving

For a full timeline of the events in HOCNA click here.

Correction: it was originally stated that the entire parish of St Anna’s departed for HOTCA. This is incorrect. Fr John Fleser has left HOCNA as well as a number of the parishoners; however, it is unclear whether he has joined HOTCA or RTOC. We will follow up with this.

(Boston) as NFTU stated earlier in an earlier story, HOCNA is down to six priested parishes, with two more sharing a priest. While the number appeared to be eight, we had early word that the pastor of St Anna’s Orthodox Church of Roslindale and St John the Russian Orthodox Church of Ipswich have left the HOCNA. The Church of St John the Russian in Ipswich has been received by the GOC-Kallinikos Synod in America (HOTCA).

NFTU received confirmation of the receptions last week; however, because of the Hurricane we did not discuss it.

We will continue to keep our readers apprised of the situation as it changes.

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  1. disqus_VqawXNX00z says:

    that is a lie. st anna’s did not leave. father john fleser left, but most of the parishoners did not. in fact, fr john didn’t leave for the GOC, but Tikhon!

    • NFTU says:

      I just checked with my source. I will double check this myself and correct the article accordingly. I don’t like mistakes.

      That said, unless there was massive growth since the time I was there 11 years ago, St Anna’s didn’t have 10% as many people as St Mark’s (and that’s a very liberal estimate) so without the priest it isn’t much more than a reader mission that will be run by the monastery.

      In Christ,
      Deacon Joseph Suaiden
      St Eulalia Orthodox Mission Chapel, Yonkers NY:
      *A Mission of the Orthodox Metropolia in North America*
      *Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles*
      *
      *
      “Let these canonical rules be established by us for you, O ye bishops; and if you continue to observe them, ye shall be saved, and shall have peace; but if you be disobedient, you shall be punished, and have everlasting war one with another, and undergo a penalty suitable to your disobedience.” *–Epilogue to the Apostolic Constitutions
      *

    • Ambrose says:

      What do you people need to wake up? Honestly! Fr John Fleser left. Fr Michael Azkoul left. Fr Christos left. Bishop Demetrius left. 80% of your synod left. This doesn’t alarm you? This doesn’t make you pause to think even for a moment? In reality, the people who actually “left” Orthodoxy are in HOCNA.

      • Stan Ihoria says:

        Ambrose, how far back do you want to do with your list of departing clergy? How about the three former Deans of the Synod in Fr Constantine, Fr. Peter, and Fr George K, how about every parish on the east coast except St Anna’s? There is no “wake up” for some as they are exactly where they want to be. If it was about faith, then they would have left too. Sadly it’s hero/people worship. They have proven over and over that no matter what, they choose people over faith, period.

  2. Stan Ihoria says:

    It would certainly be a surprise to me to hear St Anna’s has left, I just expected that half the parish would go next door leaving a handful of people there with HOCNA for the time being. Equally as surprising to hear Fr John lhas joined the Tikhon Synod. By all accounts, he was at St Marks, but I can’t confirm that.

  3. Yiorgos Panayiotou says:

    You are writing untruths and posting them as facts. I am a parishioner of St Anna Orthodox Church. John Fleser chose to leave. We have a priest and our parish is NOT divided. We would appreciate that you do fact-checking before you post lies.

    You are not Orthodox Christian because a Christian would not post hate and lies but love their neighbor. By law, you are also setting yourselves up for a huge libel suit and defamation of character.

    • NFTU says:

      “John Fleser”?

      You don’t even have enough Bishops to depose him properly. And I know the standard line ‘people leave the church, and so the church is never divided’.
      Are you telling me every single member of St Anna’s stayed? Because I am pretty sure that’s not true…. and if it isn’t, you’re committing the slander you accuse me of.

      I may be a poor Orthodox Christian, and you may be right about my lack of love for neighbor, but unlike your leaders, I am not a heretic. I’ve not been willing to grant that all that’s left of HOCNA are now name-worshippers.

      But if that’s true, then you are in no position to say I am not Orthodox.
      In Christ,
      Deacon Joseph Suaiden
      St Eulalia Orthodox Mission Chapel, Yonkers NY:
      *A Mission of the Orthodox Metropolia in North America*
      *Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles*
      *
      *
      “Let these canonical rules be established by us for you, O ye bishops; and if you continue to observe them, ye shall be saved, and shall have peace; but if you be disobedient, you shall be punished, and have everlasting war one with another, and undergo a penalty suitable to your disobedience.” *–Epilogue to the Apostolic Constitutions
      *

    • John Collis says:

      Yiorgos:
      At least Boston lawyers won’t be experiencing any recession:
      1 – Defamation of character and libel lawsuits;
      2 – Property rights and eviction lawsuits; and,
      3 – Sexual molestation and compensation lawsuits.
      Huzzah! to North Americans’ favorite sport – suing!
      Cheers,
      John Collis

    • The V’s are out, Fr. Yakov is out with his family.

  4. Jason says:

    Is the Pillars of Orthodoxy parish in Carlisle, PA hanging on?

    • Stan Ihoria says:

      We will see I suppose, I only know that Fr Christos P is out but can’t confirm that for sure. It’s a matter of time!

      • Ted says:

        He is out. The others are hirelings;
        John 10:11-13 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. (KJV)
        They have been known to be more like Caterpillars rather then Pillars over the years.

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