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Assembly of Bishops Secretariat Convenes for Annual Meeting

His Grace Bishop Basil leads the 2013 Secretariat meetingHis Grace Bishop Basil leads the 2013 Secretariat meetingOn Tuesday January 22 and Wednesday January 23, the Secretariat of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America convened for its annual face-to-face meeting. This year's meeting was hosted by His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America (ROCOR) at his Holy Virgin Cathedral - Joy of All Who Sorrow in San Francisco, CA, home to the relics of St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco.

Attendees at the meeting included: Assembly Secretary Bishop Basil of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America (AOCA), Bishop Maxim of the Diocese of Western America (SOC), Bishop Andonios of Phasiane (GOA), Fr. Mark Arey, Fr. Nicholas Ceko, Fr. Josiah Trenham, Hdn. Benedict (Armitage), Pdn. Peter Danilichick, Mr. Alexei Krindatch, Mr. Alex Machaskee and Mr. Eric Namee. Also attending was Ms. Chrysanthe Loizos, the newly-appointed communications officer for the Assembly, and Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg), director and dean of students of the Sts. Cyril and Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies. Headquartered in San Francisco, the Institute coordinated all aspects of the two-day event.