Thursday, March 27, 2014

Update on the Status of St. Mark of Ephesus Cathedral

March 12/25, 2014, Saint Gregory the Dialogist and Saint Symeon the New Theologian

In January 2014, the Suffolk County Superior Court ruled decisively in favor of the Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston in the lawsuit that was filed against us in October 2012. At that time, a small number of individuals decided to use a secular Court in order to seize control of both the Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral and Saint Anna’s Orthodox Church, and to remove them from the Metropolis. All of the Church documents and legal documents—backed by the relevant United States and Massachusetts Court precedents—were always clear that the Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral was the Cathedral Church of the Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston under His Eminence, Metropolitan Ephraim of Boston. In its January 2014 decision, the Court ordered that the keys to the Metropolis’s Cathedral must be returned to the Metropolis within 30 days. The clergymen who currently control the Metropolis’s Cathedral have appealed this Court decision and their lawyers are claiming that they are not required to comply with the Court’s order while their appeal is active. A short Court hearing occurred on Monday, March 24, 2014, and another hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 14, 2014. The Metropolis hopes and expects that this hearing will produce a second order from the Court to these clergymen that they must return the keys for the Metropolis’s Cathedral to the Metropolitan of Boston, even as the Court allows the appeal to move forward. The Metropolis believes that the Court’s decision of January 2014 was correct and that the appeal has no legal merit whatsoever and has virtually no chance of success.
The Metropolis would like to thank all those hierarchs, clergy, monastics, and lay Christians from throughout North America and from several nations, who have encouraged us, prayed for us, and supported us in various ways during these difficult months. We will inform everyone promptly if and when the keys to our Cathedral are transferred back to our hierarchs, in accordance with the Court’s order.

As we have stated in previous announcements, the Metropolis wants to reassure everyone that when the hierarchs and priests of the Metropolis are able to serve the Divine Liturgy in their Cathedral, all Orthodox Christian faithful will once again be welcome to attend all liturgical services and functions at the Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral in Boston.

Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston