His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill has called for a triennial General Assembly of the Western American Diocese to be convened on November 15, 2016.
Clergy and lay-delegates will gather from throughout the Western American Diocese to discuss important topics and issues of diocesan life. The assembly’s agenda includes a review of spiritual and material status of the diocese for the years 2012 to 2015, as well as a look at the budget as we close 2016 and look ahead into the near future. All of this will be manifest through the official report read by His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill, accounts from our four deans representing the four deaneries of the diocese, reports from the chairmen of the diocesan departments, such as communication, youth, education, etc.
These triennial gatherings are edifying and inspiring. Our diocese is vast with over 45 monasteries, parishes and missions, both Russian and English. The Assembly offers an opportunity for the delegates, both clergy and laity, to hear about and exchange experiences and ideas that may be taken back to their respective parishes.
Participants of this assembly are official delegates consisting of our bishops, diocesan council members, diocesan department chairmen, deans, father rectors, salaried clerics and laymen that have been elected at parish meetings, or sometimes appointed by parish councils.
The fall retreat of the clergy of the Western American Diocese will follow the next day.
Schedule of the Diocesan Assembly and Pastoral Retreat
Monday November 14
Clergy/Laity lodging, see the following options:
Geary Parkway Motel Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
4750 Geary Blvd. 1500 Van Ness Ave
SF CA94118. SF CA 94109
415 752-9406. $100-270. 415 441-4000. Call for rates
Hotel Driscoll Laurel Inn
2901 Pacific Ave. 444 Presidio Ave
SF 94115. SF CA 94115
415 346-2880 $325-425+. 415 567-8467
Inn on Broadway. Great Highway Inn
2201 Van Ness. 1234 Great Hwy (at Lincoln Blvd)
SF 94109. SF 94122
415 776-7900 Call for rates. 415 731-6644 $125-225 (very basic
Tuesday, November 15
Assembly Work Day
7:30 am Divine Liturgy
9:00 am Breakfast (first meal)
9:45 am Opening of Diocesan Assembly
1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Assembly continues & concludes (lay delegates are relieved when Assembly adjourns)
5:00 pm Vespers & matins (confession)
7:00 pm Supper
Wednesday, November 16
8:30 am Greeting of His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill, & Divine Liturgy (all clergy participate)
11:00 am Brunch
12:30– 4:00 pm Pastoral retreat
The End and Glory to Our God!