The second day of the Convocation, October 1, began with the report of His Grace, Bishop Matthew.
In his remarks, the Archpastor presented statistics on the parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in the United States, conducted a comparative analysis of the changes that have occurred since the last Convocation of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA in 2014, and spoke about the most significant events in the church life. After his report, Bishop Matthew answered numerous questions from those present.
The Treasurer of the Patriarchal Parishes, Panagiotis Billis, reported on financial affairs. After discussion his report was approved by the delegates.
Then the delegates listened to the presentations prepared for the Convocation:
- Priest John Kazadoev, cleric of the Diocese of Sourozh: “Me, Myself and Christ - the Search Nowadays”.
- Archpriest Igor Tarasov, Rector of St. George Church in Bayside and Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes: “An Overview of the Rules on Receiving Holy Communion”.
- Priest Stefan Kaznica, Rector of St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Passaic, NJ: “Restoration of a Canonical Form of Parish Administration”.
- Joseph Trindal: “Developing Sustainable Preparedness to Active Assault Situations”.
Following the presentations, Head of the Nominations Committee, Archpriest Timothy Barna, introduced to the participants the candidates to become members of the Bishop’s Council nominated by the parishes. Following the discussion of the candidates, it was proposed to have a vote on them on the next day after the Liturgy.