2016 Synod of Bishops

Metropolitan Joseph and Bp. Gabriel
Metropolitan Joseph and Bp. Gabriel

The Bishops deliberating during the Synod.

Bishop Gabriel and the Metropolitan
Bishop Gabriel and the Metropolitan

Bishop Gabriel addressing the Synod regarding Chaplaincy Services

Bishop Joseph and Bishop David
Bishop Joseph and Bishop David

The Bishops discussing formation of seminarians and clergy.

Metropolitan Joseph and Bp. David
Metropolitan Joseph and Bp. David

The Metropolitan and Bishop David discussing the Canon Law of the Church

Metropolitan Joseph and Bp. Gabriel
Metropolitan Joseph and Bp. Gabriel

Metropolitan Joseph and Bishop Gabriel discussing Western monastic life. The Synod voted that all monastics will live under the Rule of St. Benedict. St. Benedict is the pre-Great Schism Father of Western Monasticism.

Bishop Gabriel and Bishop David
Bishop Gabriel and Bishop David

The Bishops discussing the establishment of the the National Association of Orthodox Chaplains (Membership and Board Certification).

Bishop David and Bishop Gabriel
Bishop David and Bishop Gabriel

The Bishops discussing the establishment of St. John Maximovitch Institute. The Institute serves as the internal program of formation and ongoing studies for the education of seminarians and clergy of the Western Orthodox Church.

The Bishops
The Bishops

Discussing the geographical re-alignment of the Provinces.

Bishop Gabriel
Bishop Gabriel

The Bishops deliberating on matters that affect Federal tax exemptions, incorporations and parish charters.