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Autumn 2007 Orthodox Vision Newsletter, Diocese of the West

Autumn 2007 Orthodox Vision Newsletter, Diocese of the West

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The same yesterday, today and tomorrow 
 Autumn, 2007
Official Announcements
 Assignments and Changes
The Deacon Timothy Wilkinson, who was released to theDiocese of the West by Archbishop J
of the Diocese of theMidwest on May 16, 2007, is received into the Diocese of the West and attached to the altar of St. Nicholas of South CanaanChurch, Billings, Montana, effective immediately.The Archimandrite Gabriel (Cooke) is released as rector of SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Phoenix, AZ and isattached to St. Paul Orthodox Church, Las Vegas, NV.The Priest Peter Tobias is released as Priest-in-Charge of the Helena Orthodox Mission, Helena, Montana but remainsrector of the St. Anthony the Great Mission of Bozeman, MT. Atthe same time, the Archpriest Matthew Tate is appointedTemporary Administrator of the Helena Mission. As of 1 December 2006, the Annunciation Mission of Santa Maria, California is to be known as the AnnunciationChurch. As of 1 December 2006, the Priest Athanasius Shaw, whois Acting Rector of the Holy Ascension Mission, Olympia, Washington, is appointed Rector.The Monastery of St. John of Shanghai and San Franciscois now relocated to 21770 Ponderosa Way, Manton, California.The mailing address for the monastery is: PO Box 439, Manton,CA 96059. The phone number is: (530) 474-5964. Themonastic community remains responsible for servicing the St.Sergius Chapel at Point Reyes, CA and for the maintenance of the St. Eugene Hermitage, Point Reyes, CA. As of 1 December 2006, the Priest John Strickland, who is Acting Rector of the St. Catherine Mission, Kirkland, Washing-ton, is appointed Rector. As of 1 December 2006, the Priest Christopher Swanson, who is Acting Rector of the St. Elizabeth Mission, Poulsbo, Washington, is appointed Rector. As of 1 December 2006, the Archpriest Gregory Szyrynski, who is Acting Rector of the Holy Myrrhbearing Women Church, W. Sacramento, California, is appointed Rector.Effective 5 December 2006, Archpriest Matthew Tate, whois Acting Dean of the Missionary Deanery, is appointed Dean. As of 1 December 2006, the St. John the EvangelistMission of Tempe, AZ is reactivated. At the same time, the PriestDamian Kuolt is released from his attachment to SS. Peter andPaul Church, Phoenix, AZ and assigned as Acting Rector of theSt. John the Evangelist Mission. The physical address of themission is: 351 E. Encanto Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281. The mailingaddress of the mission is: PO Box 27447, Tempe, AZ 85285-7447. The phone number is: (602) 418-2982.
Reposed Clergy 
 Archpriest Boris Symeonoff, the Pastor Emeritus of the San Anselmo parish, reposed on 4 January, 2007.Deacon Joseph Kerns of our Tacoma, WA parish was killedin a terrible car accident the day after Thanksgiving, November24, 2006.
Official Publication of the Diocese of the West,Orthodox Church in AmericaThe Diocese of the West1520 Green StreetSan Francisco, CA 90026-3612PublisherHis Grace, Bishop B
Bishop of San Francisco and the West Address all stories, comments and pictures to:Editor in Chief: Abbot Jonah (Paffhausen)Managing Editor: Fr CyrilMonastery of St John of San FranciscoPO Box 439, Manton, CA 96059office@monasteryofstjohn.orgPhone: (530) 474-5964; Fax: (530) 474-3564Send all address changes to:Mary Caetta, Treasurer of the Diocese of the West22 Dunraven Pl., PortTownsend, WA 98368-9500m_caetta@msn.comThe Orthodox Vision is published twice ayear by the Diocese of the West. It is free to allparish members and for outreach within theDiocese.The articles contained herein do not neces-sarily reflect the views or policies of the Diocese orthe Editors. The advertisements contained hereinare not necessarily endorsed by the Diocese or theEditorial Staff.
Official Announcements2Interview with Bishop B
3Bishops in the West Communique 5 What’s Right with the OCA 6 JEFFERSON AWARD 8CHILDRENS HOSPICE10Mission Deanery Retreat12Special Diocesan Assembly13V.Rev. Boris Symeonoff14Bay Area Crop Walk15The Monastery of St. John16The Ones Who Got Out19Mission News25Susanville, California25Bend, Oregon Mission25St. Anthony in Bozeman26
Interview with His Grace,Bishop B
Congratulations! Whenever there is a series of photos of bishops, yours stands out because you are smiling. So let’s ask you the same question we might ask the Mona Lisa—what’s the secret of this smile? What is the source of this obvious joy? 
The West has been my home for many years. I was bornhere and received into the Church here. I am just very gratefulto God to be able to serve Him, the clergy and faithful as thebishop of this diocese.
You do a lot of traveling. Have you visited every parish, mission,monastery, and other organization in the diocese? 
I have visited every parish, monastery and institution of thediocese to my knowledge at least once; most of them more thanonce. These visitations are important to me and, I believe, to the diocese as well. I feel these trips givethe diocese a sense of cohesiveness. And I intend, with God’s help, to continue as long as I am physi-cally able.
How often do you plan to see each community? 
It would be ideal to see every community at least once in the course of a year. With over 60 par-ishes and institutions, that is difficult to do. But that remains my goal. It is also important as the rectorof Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco to be a real part of the cathedral life as well. My plan is to beat Holy Trinity at least one Sunday a month. If you do the math, it will take more than a year to visitevery parish.
Do you try to time your visits with a community’s patronal feast, or do you work geographically, or what? 
It really depends on the parish and the region. In Montana, for example, I try to visit all theparishes and missions during the same visit. I usually find myself visiting most of the Washington Stateparishes on one trip as well. In the Bay Area, I try to make parish feast days since I can drive to them all.
We have seen healthy growth in the monastic communities of the diocese, thanks in part to your prayers and encouragement. How do you see the role of the monasteries of the diocese in relation to parish life? The establishment and growth of missions? Do you have any long-range plans for future growth of monastic life inthe diocese? 
Monasteries are vital to the spiritual stability of our diocese. We have four very different, but finemonastic communities. Each has its particular gift to offer the diocese. Each is a place of spiritual re-creation and restoration. The St. John Monastery has, perhaps, played a more prominent role in theestablishment and growth of missions in that Fr. Jonah has been at various times in charge of one ormore missions. It is a great temptation—one to be avoided if possible—to use monk priests to servesmaller parishes and missions. Nevertheless, many of our missions have a connection to St. John Monas-tery.
How do you expect the reconciliation between ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate to affect us? 
I think the main affect will be a closer fraternal relation between ROCOR and our diocese. Al-ready, there have been several occasions when our clergy have served together with ROCOR and MPclergy. I can only think Christ is pleased that the tear in the fabric of His Body, the Church, has beenmended. So I do not see this as a threat but a benefit to us all and thank God for this gift.
 Any thoughts on PSALM, OCF, OCMC, and other Orthodox organizations that cross jurisdictional lines? 

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