Protocol No. 35/2020
September 9, 2020
Glory to Jesus Christ!
Dear Very Reverend Protopresbyters, Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers, and Diocesan Faithful,
As I have been, I am concerned about our Diocesan children. I am concerned about their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Of course, we have always been concerned about the well-being of our children, but now, the continued effects of being physically distant from one another are becoming more apparent. If you speak with Child Psychologists, or read the growing amount of literature on the subject, you will begin to understand how difficult physical distancing is for children AND how dangerous it is to their well-being and formation.
We need to be ever more vigilant during this time in watching over our children.
As your Hierarch I am asking you to do 3 things:
We are planning an online event for our Diocesan children, ages 5-18, on Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 6:30 – 8pm. They will have an opportunity to see each other and be together, have some fun together, learn a little, and see the support of their Diocesan Priests and Hierarch.
We’ve learned through our Diocesan and Parish Youth Programs that getting our children together, even in the online environment, is important for them. God works in the online world too. We need only provide the opportunity. Again, help me bring our kids together.
I look forward to the time when we will gather in person. Until then, we will do what we have to do in order to continue to care for our children.
With my blessing I remain
Working in His vineyard,
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