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His Eminence Michael, Archbishop of NY and NJ


“May 22, 2017

Beloved Fathers, Council Members, and Faithful Members of our Diocesan Family:

Christ is Risen! – Indeed He is Risen!

As detailed in The Statute of The Orthodox Church in America, approved at the 18th All-American Council on July 21, 2015, Article XVIII: “Dioceses, parishes, monasteries, institutions, offices, and organizations of the Church shall review their governing documents and administrative practices and conform them to this Statute by December 31, 2017.” Diocesan hierarchs have agreed to work with the parishes, monasteries and institutions under their omophoria in the review process as necessary.

The Revised OCA Statute, Article XVIII, also states: “This Statute became effective on November 1, 2015. Upon its effective date, this Statute replaced and supplanted all previous versions, which were then repealed. ... Should a conflict arise following the effective date, between or among presently governing documents and the Statute, the Statute shall govern.”

The Diocesan By-Laws Committee has extensively reviewed our Diocesan By-Laws and made necessary corrections to bring our governing document into compliance with The Statute of The Orthodox Church in America. This revision has been reviewed by canon lawyers and legal advisors.

In keeping with our Diocesan By-Laws, the Revised By-Laws have been reviewed and approved with corrections by the Diocesan Council, at its meeting on May 17, 2017; and with those corrections incorporated, are now being sent to the Parishes for their review and input. The proposed revised Diocesan By-Laws will be brought up for a vote at the next Diocesan Assembly, November 1, 2017 at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Endicott, New York. It will be an up or down vote as an entire document, not Article by Article.

Upon its acceptance and effective date, these Diocesan By-Laws will replace and supplant all previous versions, which shall then stand as repealed.

Questions concerning these Revised By-Laws may be brought to the upcoming Diocesan Parish Council Conferences, to be convened on Saturday, June 24, 10:00 AM in SS. Peter and Paul Church, Endicott, New York (for the New York State Deanery), and on Sunday, June 25, 2:00 PM in SS. Peter and Paul Church, South River, New Jersey (for the New Jersey and New York City Deaneries). The guest speaker, the Honorable Judge Ray Lanier, is General Counsel of the Orthodox Church in America.

In any event, questions or desired changes to these Revised By-Laws must be submitted to the Diocesan Chancery no later than September 15, 2017. I urge all Parish Rectors to distribute these Revised By-Laws to all Parish Council members and make them available to parishioners, so that our faithful may be informed of their contents and be prepared to bring forward any questions no later than September 15.

With love in the Risen Lord,


Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey “


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