Press Release on the Joyful Feast of the Dormition 2021

As of Monday 23rd August the UK Deanery of the Archdiocese of Churches of the Russian Tradition in Western Europe has welcomed nine new parishes and communities with their clergy. The parishes have all voted according to Archdiocese tradition and petitioned to become member parishes of the Archdiocese. Their clergy also unanimously agreed and have been received by His Eminence Metropolitan Jean. It is canonical practice for clergy transferring from one diocese to another to be given papers of release and these have been requested by His Eminence. The clergy involved have all been received with the usual careful consideration. Nevertheless, there is an erroneous announcement circulating that one Archpriest Andrew Phillips has been suspended. This is not the case because he had already been received into the Archdiocese, so the said suspension is null and void. More details will follow in due course.