Message modified by user Leo 6/13/2012, 7:23 am
ACROD had plenty of history before Metr. NICHOLAS; I recently read the bio of the man who essentially brought them in from the Unia in the 1930s, Metr. ORESTES (Chornock). My impression is that their joining the Patriarchate of C'ople is predicated on a large degree of autonomy (I use the term broadly), like the Ukrainians in the USA and Canada. IOW they get to pretty much determine their own communal culture and leadership, and C'ople makes sure all the i's are dotted and t's crossed viz the Canons and such. But they're not really part of the GOA, rather a broader 'Constantinople-in-America' -- consisting of the GOA, ACROD, UOC of USA, and the 2-parish Albanian Diocese -- and they relate directly with the Patriarchate. Though it doesn't seem to have hurt that their most recent and long-time Ruling Hierarch was a Halki classmate of the present EP.
As I read between the lines, it seems the Search Committee either didn't find anyone to their liking within the Diocese, or candidates declined the promotion, so with the help of their Locum Tenens and "Exarch of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans," Abp. DEMETRIOS, they cast their net a little wider -- maybe even consulted the Orthodox Observer's most recent list of pre-vetted GOA priests eligible to become Bishops. Maybe even the Holy Spirit was involved!
But it says they'll entertain nominations from the floor of the special clergy assembly, too, so who knows...?
The last I heard for sure about the GOA parish in New Orleans, their temple was rendered all but unusable by Hurricane Katrina, and they were worshipping in Baton Rouge or someplace!