+Archbishop Job Unexpectedly Succumbs to Pneumonia

December 18, 2009

OCANews.org reports:

The Archbishop passed away at 11:25 this morning at a hotel in Maumee, Ohio, where he had stopped for the night on his way from a deanery meeting in Cleveland back to Chicago. He was taken by paramedics to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived. Fr. John Zdinak, Chancellor of the Archdiocese, spoke with the Archbishop this morning, and offered details of the Archbishop’s passing on Ancient Faith Radio here.

Ironically, the Midwest Diocesan Council committee organized to detail the process and schedule by which +Job’s successor was to be nominated, in an effort to be proactive in light of the Archbishop’s announced retirement in 2011, had its first telephone conference call last evening.

The OCA has posted a brief biography of the late Archbishop together with details of his funeral arrangements in both Chicago and Cleveland here.   All those Orthodox Christians who uphold the principles of transparency, accountability and conciliarity in Church life have lost champion today, as well as a gentle teacher of the spiritual freedom the true life in Christ brings. Little of what has been accomplished in the OCA in the last four years would have been possible but for the late Archbishop’s courage and steadfastness in the face of constant opposition.

May his memory be eternal.

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