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Pope John Paul II Accepts Resignation of Bishop George Kuzma of Van Nuys

Phoenix - AZ (12/05/200) - Today our Holy Father John Paul II has accepted the resignation of His Grace, the Most Reverend George Martin Kuzma as Bishop of the Eparchy of Van Nuys. His resignation was accepted in conformity to Canon 210.

With the acceptance of Bishop George's resignation, the See of Van Nuys is vacant. Bishop George is no longer to be commemorated at Divine Services.

When the See is declared vacant, the Protosyncellus and Syncelli immediately cease to hold office (Canon 224).

According to Canon 221, 2 until an Administrator is elected, the See is governed by the College of Eparchial Consultors which is presided over by the senior Consultor in ordination who in our case is Archpriest Michael Moran (Canon 271, 5).

The Consultors must meet within 8 days or by next Tuesday, December 12th to elect an Administrator otherwise the Metropolitan is to appoint an Administrator (Canon 221, 3 and 4).

Prior to leaving for Uniontown, Bishop George called a meeting of Consultors for December 7th at 11:00 AM MST at the Pastoral Center in Phoenix without expressing the reason or giving an agenda. The purpose of this meeting is now clear-to elect an Administrator.

Bishop George has been our Shepherd for almost 10 years. His love for Christ, our Church and our Eparchy has been very apparent over the years. We wish him well in retirement at Mount Macrina Manor.

May the Lord God grant to Bishop George, peace, health and happiness for many blessed years!


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