Impending surgery forces Metropolitan Herman to submit request for medical leave of absence

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman has submitted a letter to the Holy Synod of Bishops, in which he requests a medical leave of absence. Metropolitan Herman is scheduled for lumbar spine surgery on Tuesday, September 9, 2008.

The Holy Synod will review His Beatitude’s request at their session on Thursday, September 4, 2008. Further information will be posted when it becomes available.