On Dec. 28, His Eminence Metropolitan Antonios, Patriarchal Vicar, welcomed His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia to the Archdiocese Headquarters in Englewood, New Jersey. Metropolitan Nicholas was elected to lead ROCOR in September.
The two hierarchs shared conversations about common issues facing their churches and remarked upon the historically good relations between the Patriarchates of Antioch and Russia. They also exchanged gifts.
Joining Metropolitan Antonios were his secretary, Priest Porphyrios Ibrahim; Archpriest Thomas Zain, Vicar General of the Archdiocese; and Mr. Fawaz El Khoury, Vice Chairman of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees. Joining Metropolitan Nicholas was Archpriest Serafim Gan, Chancellor of the Synod of Bishops of ROCOR.