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Ireney (Bekish) of New York

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Beginning [[October 20]], 1970, Metr. Ireney presided over a meeting of the Church that would be the 14th and last All-American Sobor and the first [[All-American Council]] of the Orthodox Church in America. Over next several years Metr. Ireney led the administration in the adjustments needed to that of the new status of the Church.
By 1974, age began to take its toll on Metr. Ireney. In early 1974, Metr. Ireney requested that the Holy Synod elect a temporary Administrator for the day-to-day business of the Church. On [[May 15]], 1974, Archbishop Sylvester (Harums) of Montreal and Canada assumed this position, working with Metr. Ireney who would approve all important actions and decisions. As his health deteriorated, Metr. Ireney announced on [[March 9]], 1977, that he intended to retire on [[October 25]], 1977, the opening day of the 5th All-American Council. With the election of Bishop Theodosius (Lazor) as the new Metropolitan, Metr. Ireney retired to live in the [[Ss. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home (New YorkStaten Island, New York)|Ss. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home]] on Staten Island, New York, an institution that he was instrumental in founding.
Metr. Ireney died on [[March 18]], 1981, and was buried at the [[St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)]].

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