Interim Chancellor Taken Ill
In a brief email notice to the Synod and Metropolitan Council early this morning, Fr. Eric Tosi, OCA Secretary revealed that Bishop Melchisedek, the interim Chancellor, has been taken to a Long Island hospital. Fr. Tosi writes:
"His Grace Bishop Melchisedek has been checked into Glen Cove Hospital. He was complaining of abdominal pains all day yesterday. Fr Alexander (Garklavs) brought him to the emergency room and was with him until late last night. It was determined that he has a hernia and will require surgery. We were unsure of his status and whether he will be operated on until they made the determination.
At this point he will remain here on Long Island and most likely have surgery in the next day or so. He is doing well and in no danger."
In related news, Fr. Alexander Atty, the Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary, who has been suffering from cancer for several years, underwent successful surgey yesterday in Pennsylvania. According to family members: "... the doctors were successfully able to resection the top part of his liver, remove one tumor and oblate the other two." He will spend the night in ICU, and would be grateful for prayers."
- Mark Stokoe