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Metropolitan Herman dismissed long-time OCA Chancellor Fr. Robert Kondratick during a special Administrative Committee meeting held this afternoon, Thursday, March 16, in Syosset, New York according to a press release posted on the OCA website early this evening.

The surprise announcement reads as follows, in full:

"In response to questions regarding financial accountability, the Administrative Committee of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America met today in Extraordinary Session at the church headquarters in Syosset, New York.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman announced that as the Primate of the Church, he has retained the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP to undertake an internal investigation of allegations relating to the finances of the Church.

He also announced that the accounting firm of Lambrides, Lamos, Moulthrop, LLP, presently engaged to conduct an Independent Audit of all Church financial accounts for the years 2004 and 2005, has been engaged further to examine the disposition of monies collected through OCA appeals from 2001 through 2005.

Metropolitan Herman also announced that he will authorize any additional engagements with the accounting firm as requested by the attorneys conducting the internal investigation.

He also announced that Protopresbyter Robert S.Kondratick has been relieved of his service as Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America.

Further administrative announcements will be forthcoming."

The Administrative Committee, which functions as the executive committeee of the Metropolitan Council, is under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Herman and is comprised of the Chancellor, Treasurer, Secretary, two clergy and two lay Metropolitan Council members selected by the Metropolitan.

                                            - Mark Stokoe





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