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Annual Report January 2010

Submitted by Lee Kopulos

While I gave you all a rather lengthy report on the historic Diocesan Assembly in Pittsburgh with the surprise election of our new Metropolitan Jonah (November, 2008), this one will be very brief.

Our major event was the Assembly in Kansas City hosted by Holy Trinity Church on Oct. 5-7, 2009. Our diocesan chancellor, Fr. John Zdinak, outlined what is expected of all of us for the next year as initiated by Archbishop Job. He requests a total inventory of Parish life to include clergy compensation and benefits, Christian Education, Evangelism and Outreach, and much more. This report will be in the form of a survey questionnaire and be ready for the spring meeting. Every parish is expected to participate and report honestly. The results of this action will be given to the new bishop to be elected upon his installation as the ruling hierarch.

On the very important issue of the election of a new bishop for our diocese, the method of election will be similar to that used by the diocese of Western Pennsylvania. They recently, elected Bishop Melchizedec from a list culled to three to be voted upon. No timetable has been given but the process has been started. This election is the most important function for our diocese to move on since the unfortunate falling asleep and repose of our beloved Archbishop Job. His Eminence had formally decided to retire in early, 2011.

Our new Metropolitan Jonah was present at this Assembly and was very active in the meetings. He gave the homily at Liturgy.

All of the parishes of the diocese are expected to be in mission and evangelism mode.

If anyone is visiting the Kansas City area we strongly urge them to visit this fine parish of Holy Trinity in Overland Park.