SYOSSET, NY [OCA Communications] — On Tuesday, August 22, 2006, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman, announced the debut of a new section on the Orthodox Church in America web site [www.oca.org] that will enable interested individuals to submit questions and obtain answers regarding the financial situation of the Church.
“The objective of this new feature will be to initiate and continue a dialogue between the faithful of the Church and the central Church administration,” Metropolitan Herman said. “All questions are welcome, and we will attempt to the best of our ability to provide answers in an open and timely manner.
“Protodeacon Peter Danilchick will respond to questions and obtain answers from appropriate members of the administration,” Metropolitan Herman continued.
A deacon of 31 years and a corporate executive with 33 years professional experience, Protodeacon Peter also has served as a trustee of various Church institutions and organizations, including Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY. He is the author of “Best Practice Principles for Financial Accountability” proposed to the OCA Metropolitan Council and introduced on a working basis in the Church administration.
“It should be recognized that we are still in the midst of investigations and audits, and that not all can be revealed at this time,” Metropolitan Herman concluded. “In fact, we should note that there very likely will be information that cannot be revealed in this venue in any event, due to legal and privacy concerns. But every attempt will be made to answer questions as completely—and honestly, in any case—as possible.”