Lynn, MA - St. George Church
Metropolitan Methodios' letter to the Lynn Parish - May 31, 2011
His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios sent the following letter to the Stewards of the St. George Parish of Lynn this week, stating in part:
"The unfortunate controversy which has negatively affected your Community, Metropolis and Archdiocese these past six months must come to an end...
"...I consider this unfortunate controversy ended. Upon receipt of this letter, sacraments may again be celebrated at the St. George Parish. Let us concentrate our efforts to restoring peace and harmony, and to healing the wounds which have hurt all of us. Let us join in closing this sad chapter in the life of our Archdiocese. Let us be inspired by the admonition of St. Paul," and the Scripture passage is quoted, Colossians 3:12-17.
Archdiocese letter to the Lynn Community regarding the Allocation - May 17, 2011
The Archdiocesan Finance Committee sent a letter to the Lynn Community on Tuesday afternoon, May 17, 2011, clearly articulating the agreement that would resolve the current controversy with the Parish's refusal to comply with the Archdiocesan Regulations and the decisions of the Clergy Laity Congresses. The President of the Parish Council, Mr. John Meklis, received the letter via email at approximately 5.15 pm, and immediately called the Chancellor of the Metropolis to discuss the contents in detail. The Chancellor instructed Mr. Meklis to present the letter to the Parish Assembly that evening on May 17. If indeed this letter was not presented to the Parish Assembly as instructed, it is yet another deeply troubling event in this four-year saga. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and The Metropolis of Boston continues to show great concern over this unfortunate situation.
As noted in the letter, the St. George Parish leadership must convey in writing their decision to comply with the Archdiocese Regulations and the decisions of the Clergy Laity Congresses by May 19, 2011. If the Parish does not confirm to these standards, restoring Christian peace within the Community, it will be immediately subject to appropriate canonical and administrative sanctions. Failure of the Community to comply could lead it into schism, separating those involved from the body of the Church and the sacramental life of the Church.
The Church prays that the unwaning Light of Christ will guide the Community's decision towards reconciliation and peace. Download »
Archdiocese and Metropolis of Boston Ministries and Finance
The 2010 Reports of the Archdiocese and Metropolis of Boston Ministries and Finance. Download »
Packet of the Official Correspondence Regarding the Lynn, MA Parish
This Packet containing all official correspondence to and from the Lynn Parish has been compiled in a chronological order beginning in 2008 to the present in order to present the facts of this painful situation. Download »