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On a warm, slightly overcast day, the Metropolia Center buzzed as the members of the Metropolitan Council gathered for their annual meeting.  Present were His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, along with eight members of the clergy and seven laypeople.

The Seminarians of the St. Sophia Theological Seminary, and the Consistory staff joined the Council members and hierarchs for the Moleben which opened the conference. Having prayed and asked for God’s guidance, everyone settled down to intently listen, confer, and discuss the status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A.

In his opening remarks, His Eminence Metropolitan Antony reminded everyone the true purpose of the Council, which was to follow in the footsteps of the Apostles, and nurture, support and further Christ’s Church. It is truly a heavy responsibility, and not to be taken lightly.  To encourage and bolster his audience, His Eminence sited several quotes from Scripture, which he instructed his listeners to contemplate and live by. Vladyka Antony emphasized Galatians 6:9, “ Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”