In Milan, Italy on February 14/27, Archbishop John (LoBue) of New York, who has been leading the American Church of the so-called Milan Synod for sometime now, had been elevated to the rank of Metropolitan of North and South America. His elevation likewise accompanies the independence of the Anglo-American Dioceses from the Milan Synod as The Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles. This Church of TOC of the Americas & British Isles returns to its original independence. Prior to their merger in the Milan Synod in 1997 this same local Church was a Western Rite jurisdiction with an autocephaly given by the EP in the early 1970s as facilitated by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Exile. This new Metropolia has been a leader in traditional form of the Western Rite with a fair number of Eastern Rite missions and kellions. Two monastic priests were elected as vicar-Bishops to assist Metropolitan John. Vicar Bishop Fanourios (Michael) of Lincoln was consecrated during the week in Milan. Archimandrite Michael (Acosta) of Kissismmee Skete of the Holy Royal Martyrs will be consecrated at a later date.
Many Years to His Beatitude Metropolitan John!
Note: The Metropolia of North & South America & the British Isles are in communion with only those listed on the "Sister" page. Our Metropolia is not, at this time, in relationship with any Russian Church of any jurisdiction.