Archpriest Alexander Garklavs, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, has released the following comment regarding the Diocese of Alaska.
“The OCA Chancery is receiving mail and e-mail from clergy of the Diocese of Alaska. There are indications that serious issues exist that may need to be addressed. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman is aware of the situation and has been in touch with His Grace, Bishop Nikolai and members of the Holy Synod. We would also like to correct a news item which appeared on the internet. The resignation of the two Metropolitan Council Representatives from the Diocese of Alaska was in fact communicated in a letter from His Grace, Bishop Nikolai to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman. In January, Archimandrite Isidore and Minadora Jacobs had submitted their resignations to Bishop Nikolai, who blessed their requests and subsequently notified Metropolitan Herman about this last week.”