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3 February, 2014
Orthodox Church in America
P.O. Box 675
Syosset, New York 11791-0675

Vladyka, bless

Your Beatitude,

I am earnestly entreating you and the Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America that no action be taken against Archbishop Seraphim (Storheim) until the completion of the legal process to appeal the judgement (given on 24 January, 2014) via the Court of Appeals in Manitoba and even, if necessary, the Supreme Court of Canada.

As you know, Archbishop Seraphim with selfless labour, wisdom and deep love in Christ, has built up our Archdiocese over the long years since 1987, and has worked tirelessly for our whole Church on many levels.

The past three years without his active leadership have been devastating for our Archdiocese. Now we have to face such a travesty of justice in the Canadian legal system – the flagrant miscarriage of justice of 24 January, 2014.

In our hearts there is the living hope that a just and true judgement will be given in the appeal. It is unconscionable that there would be any action taken against him by the Church administration before the close of the legal process.

By God's mercy, may our beloved arch-pastor so cruelly calumniated, be cleared of this vile accusation.

Thanking you for your kind attention to this supplication, I ask the blessing and your holy prayers for the whole Archdiocese.

Respectfully in Christ,