His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon sent a letter of condolence to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland and the Holy Synod of the Polish Orthodox Church on the repose of His Eminence, Archbishop Adam of Przemysl and Nowy Sacz on Sunday, July 24, 2016.
Born in 1926, Archbishop Adam witnessed the many difficulties experienced in 20th century Europe, including World War II, the tragic expulsion of 1947, and life in exile. As head of the Diocese of Przemysl and Nowy Sacz, he oversaw the canonization of the Priest-Martyr Maxim Sandowicz, which took place in Gorlice, Poland September 5-6, 1994. He also was responsible for the construction of many churches and the resumption of diocesan publishing efforts. His Eminience, Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland presided at Archbishop Adam’s funeral in Sanok, Poland on Wednesday, July 27.
The text of Metropolitan Tikhon’s letter appears below.
Letter of Condolence from Metropolitan Tikhon to Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland
on the Repose of Archbishop Adam of Przemysl and Nowy Sacz
Your Beatitude, Dear Brother and Concelebrant in the Lord:
Christ is in our midst!
On behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops, monastics, clergy and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America, I offer you and the members of the Holy Synod of the Church in Poland and all her clergy and faithful my sincere condolences on the passing of His Eminence, Archbishop Adam of Przemysl and Nowy Sacz.
His Eminence was a good friend of the Orthodox Church in America, having participated in the canonization of Saint Raphael of Brooklyn in 2000, and having visited many parishes throughout the United States during his visit here with Your Beatitude. As the Archbishop of Przemysl and Nowy Sacz, the region from which came many of the founding faithful of the Orthodox Church in America, and with his own familial ties here in the Orthodox Church in America, His Eminence held a special place in our hearts and prayers.
May our Lord grant him rest with the saints, may his memory be eternal, and may all those souls under his spiritual care, and all those who love him, find comfort in Jesus Christ.
With brotherly love in the Lord,
Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada