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Sylvester (Haruns) of Montreal

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In 1963, Bp. Sylvester accepted an appointment as Bishop of Montreal and Canada within the North American [[Metropolia]]. In 1966 he was elevated to the rank of [[archbishop]]. In addition to his duties within the Canadian diocese, Abp. Sylvester participated in a number of duties for the Metropolia, including administration of the New England [[diocese]] and overseeing a number of Australian parishes that the Metropolia took under wing.
As the negotiations with the Moscow [[PatriarchMoscow Patriarchate]]ate proceeded in the late 1960s, Abp. Sylvester became the moderator within the Metropolia of the controversies and conflicts that arose, clarifying misunderstandings and presenting the view that autocephaly was the correct canonical structure for church life in North America.
To assist the ailing Metropolitan [[Ireney (Bekish) of New York|Ireney (Bekish)]], the primate of the now Orthodox Church in America, Abp. Sylvester was appointed by the Holy Synod as temporary administrator of the OCA on [[May 15]], 1974, to assist the Metropolitan in his duties until his retirement and election of a new metropolitan. The election of Metr [[Theodosius (Lazor) of Washington|Theodosius (Lazor)]] took place at the fifth All-American Council on [[October 25]], 1977.
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