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Union Station Hosts Second Orthodox Church Convention in St. Louis

July 23, 2018 - 7:24 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Members of the Orthodox Church in America begin a weeklong meeting today at Union Station Hotel downtown. 

The Orthodox Church in America is an offshoot of the Russian Orthodox Church that has about 100,000 members and 800 parishes in North America.  OCA Secretary, The Very Reverend Eric Tosi, helped organize this convention that has brought about 800 Orthodox faithful to the area.

“The gathering happens every three years in the church, and it’s a gathering of all the hierarchs, clergy and lay people from across the church in North America, and we have dioses in Canada, Mexico, and 12 dioses in the United States," he says.

Father Tosi says the highlight of the convention will be a special liturgical service Thursday morning followed by a formal dinner in the evening featuring speakers from around the world, including Orthodox Archbishop Leo of Finland.

Father Tosi says 14 cities bid for the convention.  St. Louis was chosen, he says, because it was easily accessible and affordable for its members.  St. Louis also hosted the Orthodox Church in America convention in 1989.