—His Grace, Bishop Seraphim of Ottawa and Canada and Protopresbyter Robert S. Kondratick, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, will represent His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman at the enthronement of the His Beatitude, Pope and Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa on October 23-24, 2004.
Patriarch Theodoros, the former Metropolitan of Zimbabwe, was elected to replace His Beatitude, Patriarch Petros VII, who perished in a helicopter crash en route to Mount Athos on September 11, 2004.
Bishop Seraphim and Father Kondratick, accompanied by Mr. John Mindala, of the OCA chancery staff, will arrive in Cairo, Egypt on Friday, October 22. The following day they will be received by Patriarch Theodoros and attend the Vigil service at the patriarchal cathedral in Alexandria. On Sunday they will attend the Divine Liturgy and Service of Enthronement at the patriarchate in Alexandria.
The Patriarchate of Alexandria was among the many sister Orthodox Churches represented at the enthronement of Metropolitan Herman in September 2002. Father Kondratick and other OCA representatives had been slated to meet with the late Patriarch Petros in November 2004 until news of his untimely repose was received.
While in Cairo, it is anticipated that Bishop Seraphim and Father Kondratick will also meet with His Holiness, Pope Shenouda of the Coptic Church.
Photo coverage of the enthronement will appear on the OCA web site.