Oriental Orthodox Bishops Meeting

On Thursday, March 14, 2013 the Council of Oriental Orthodox Bishops held their regular meeting at St. Leon Cathedral in Burbank.  H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, was represented by Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian, who was accompanied by Holy Martyrs Church Pastor Rev. Fr. Razmig Khatchadourian and Crescenta Valley Church Pastor Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian.

The meeting was hosted by H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, with the participation of H.E. Archbishop Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan (Syriac Church), H.G. Bishop Serapion (Coptic Church), and clergy from the Armenian, Coptic, and Syriac Churches.

The Prelates and clergy members discussed past and future collaborative efforts and joint events.   The outcome was as follows:

OOCMarchMeeting1(1) The Council commended the endeavors of the Sunday Schools committee, particularly the 8th annual Bible competition they had successfully organized on March 2nd at St. Garabed Church in Hollywood in which about 150 students participated.

(2) The Council urged the revitalization of the youth committee. The four Prelates will appoint one representative each to serve on the Youth Committee to organize events in the coming months.

(3)  With regards to the annual Joint Liturgy and clergy conference, the Council decided to discuss the issue further after Easter and plan on a date to hold the event.

The next meeting of the Council of Oriental Orthodox Bishops will be held on Tuesday, July 9, at St. Ephraim Syriac Orthodox Cathedral in Burbank.

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