This will be a short diary entry today from Ottawa/Gatineau and the Archdiocese of Canada Assembly.
Yesterday the clergy synaxis began with hierarchical divine liturgy at 7:00 am presided by Bishop Irenee. The centrepiece of the day was Father Ian Pac-Urar’s presentation on healthy boundaries and preventing sexual misconduct, which provoked lively discussion. It was credited as five hours of the 20-hour clergy continuing education requirement mandated by the Holy Synod. In the evening Saint Arseny Institute made a presentation and we had a cake in honor of its 10th anniversary.
The Assembly begins this morning with hierarchical liturgy at 7:00 am celebrated by Bishop Irénée. Vesting of clergy begins at 6:00 am (I’m already late) followed by a very full day of events, ending with a public lecture by Father Thomas Hopko at Annunciation Cathedral.