On Saturday March 12, the feast of the Commemoration of all our God-bearing Fathers who shone forth in asceticism, clergy of the Eastern States Deanery of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA gathered at St. Nicholas Church, Bayonne NJ to hold a deanery meeting.
Matins and Divine Liturgy for the feast was celebrated prior to the meeting by parish rector Archpriest Mikhail Kapchits and Archpriest Andrew Lowe, rector of St. John the Baptist Church in Little Falls NJ. Praying in the church was Patriarchal Parishes Chancellor Archpriest George Konyev; Dean of the Eastern States and rector of St. George Church in Bayside NY, Archpriest Igor Tarasov; Hieromonk Stephen (Bushman) and Protodeacon Daniel Sudol, cleric of Three Saints Church, Garfield NJ.
After an abundant meal prepared by the parish, Fr. Igor opened the meeting and expressed his gratitude to all those in attendance. The clergy finalized the schedule of the traditional Lenten vespers held during Great Lent as well as other administrative and pastoral issues.