Please fervently pray for Archbishop Vsevolod of Scopelos, head of the Western Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. His Eminence has recently announced that he has been diagnosed with leukemia and is under treatment in a Chicago area hospital.
[Archbishop] Vsevolod has been a major figure in Catholic-Orthodox relations for the last 20 years as a bishop, a member of the US Orthodox-Catholic bishop’s consultation, and the Orthodox Co-patron of the Society of St. John Chrysostom and Co-founder of the Orientale Lumen Conferences in 1997.
He has written two extensive books on the ecumenical dialogue, and given numerous speeches and talks on Catholic-Orthodox relations. I have accompanied him on numerous visits to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and three private audiences with Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, where he has been warmly received.
Please remember him in your prayers that he recovers from this difficult disease and can return to fostering Church unity for which is he is so well-known.
A prayer request
September 25, 2007 by Irenaeus