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Metropolitan Herman\'s First Visit to Mexico

Metropolitan Herman, Archbishop Dmitri, Clergy & Dignitaries in Mexico City
Metropolitan Herman, Archbishop Dmitri, Clergy & Dignitaries in Mexico City
Metropolitan Herman, Archbishop Dmitri, Clergy & Dignitaries in Mexico City
First Visit to Mexico by Metro. Herman



 
 

For the first time since his election as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman visited the Mexican Exarchate in mid-January 2003.

Accompanied by His Eminence, Archbishop Dmitri of Dallas and the South, Exarch of Mexico, Metropolitan Herman celebrated Great Vespers and the Divine Liturgy in Mexico City’s landmark Cathedral of the Ascension. He also met with numerous clergy serving the Exarchate, offering them encouragement and guidance in their ongoing missionary efforts.

While in Mexico, Metropolitan Herman met with Dr. Javier Montezuma Barragan, Cabinet Officer of the Mexican Government, and Dr. Alvaro Castro Estrada, General Director of Religious Associations, with whom he discussed religious life in Mexico in general and future prospects for Orthodox Christianity in the country. He also met with His Eminence, Metropolitan Anthony of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Mexico.

Throughout his visit, Metropolitan Herman praised the tireless efforts of clergy and laity alike in their efforts to continue building up the Body of Christ in Mexico City and beyond and challenging them to bring the Light of Christ to other regions of the vast nation.

The Exarchate of Mexico traces its roots to the 1920s, when the “Mexican National Catholic Church” was established independently from the predominant Roman Catholic Church. As Mexican Church-state relations improved, the National Church, which by 1928 had claimed 120 priests and parishes in 14 Mexican states, began to dissolve. The largest remnant of the independent movement, under the leadership of the late Bishop Jose [Cortes-y-Olmos], converted en masse to Orthodox Christianity in 1972, at which time the Mexican Exarchate was established.

From: www.oca.org

 

More Photo Links to Hierarchical Visit to Mexico

Subdc. Antonio Greets Metropolitan
Subdc. Antonio Greets Metropolitan
Subdc. Antonio Greets Metropolitan
Metro. Herman & Padre Ernesto Rios
Metro. Herman & Padre Ernesto Rios
Metro. Herman & Padre Ernesto Rios
Archbishop Dmitri, Metropolitan Herman & Fr. Ernesto Rios at the Cathedral in Mexico City
Archbishop Dmitri, Metropolitan Herman & Fr. Ernesto Rios at the Cathedral in Mexico City
Archbishop Dmitri, Metropolitan Herman & Fr. Ernesto Rios at the Cathedral in Mexico City
Photo Links for Trip to Mexico

Metropolitan Herman, Archibishop Dmitri, Fr. Ernesto Rios, Fr. Seraphim Hipsh and others gathers in Mexico City for the celebration of Theophany with the Mexican Church on January 9- 12, 2003.

Links to photos are as follows: 

http://www.oca.org/PHOTOindex.asp?formMonth=January&formYear=2003&SID=11§ion=search&x=27&y=15

January 9th: In Dallas at the lovely St. Seraphim Cathedral, Diocese of the South:

http://ocaphoto.oca.org/PhotoViewer.asp?EID=406

January 10th: Mexico City - Official Greetings:

http://ocaphoto.oca.org/PhotoViewer.asp?EID=589

January 10-12th: Mexico Trip Highlights:

http://ocaphoto.oca.org/PhotoViewer.asp?EID=588

January 11th: Visit to Our Lady of Guadelupe Cathedral & Shrine:

http://ocaphoto.oca.org/PhotoViewer.asp?EID=590

January 11th: Vespers at the OCA Cathedral:

http://ocaphoto.oca.org/PhotoViewer.asp?EID=848

January 12th: Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral in Mexico City:

http://ocaphoto.oca.org/PhotoViewer.asp?EID=591

¡Gloria a Dios por todo!
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