Update on Certain Matters Concerning St. Athanasius the Great of Arlington, MA
The Metropolis of Boston has provided a second, additional “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) document to supplement and update the first FAQ, as well as a single, updated new “Timeline” document reflecting additional developments since the original “Timeline” as of November 17, 2017, concerning the facts and circumstances that led to the change of pastoral leadership at St. Athanasius.
When reading these FAQ documents and this Timeline, we ask that you keep in mind the importance of ecclesiastical and institutional considerations that lie at the heart of the Metropolis’ daily activities. A guiding principle must always be to assure the continued vitality of the Church. Together, we are sixty-two parishes serving thousands of Greek Orthodox faithful in New England. Our role is to strengthen and preserve the Church as a continual source of salvation for current and succeeding generations.
It is the Metropolis’ sincere hope that the information provided to you by these FAQ documents and the new, updated Timeline now, and in the future, will help answer questions about the Metropolis’ decision to remove Fr. Kastanas from his pastoral responsibilities and recent happenings.
As always, we pray for the guidance of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as we reflect upon the life and unity of our community.
Photo courtesy of St. Athanasius Greek Orthodox Church in Arlington, MA