19th AAC Local Committee holds organizational meeting

19th AAC
Fr. Eric Tosi meets with AAC Local Committee volunteers.

The Local Committee charged with planning the 19th All-American Council [AAC] of the Orthodox Church in America held its first meeting in Saint Louis and Kansas City December 14-15, 2016.

The 19th AAC will be convened at the historic Saint Louis Union Station Hotel, Saint Louis, MO July 23-27, 2018.  See related story.

Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary and Council Supervisor and Deacon Peter Ilchuk, Council Manager, met with Archpriest Timothy Sawchak, Dean of the Kansas City Deanery and Local Council Clergy Chair; Robert Butchko, Local Council Lay Chair; and Kansas City Deanery faithful who have expressed an interest in assisting with planning efforts.  An overview of expectations and duties of the Local Committee, which compliments the work of the Preconciliar Commission, was reviewed.

“The goal was to organize the chairpersons and volunteers and to begin the work of the Council,” Father Eric said.  “There are over a dozen committees, including transportation, the AAC dinner, and delegate registration, and in general there is a need for nearly 100 volunteers to operate the Council.”

Meetings were also held with the hotel staff of the Saint Louis Union Station Hotel.

Faithful living in the Saint Louis area who are interested in volunteering in a number of capacities may do so by contacting Father Timothy at tsawchak33@gmail.com or Mr. Butchko at bbutchko1@gmail.com.  Additional information on the AAC theme, additional arrangements and the soon-to-be-launched AAC web site will be posted as it becomes available.

Preconciliar Commission holds first organizational meeting


The first meeting of the Preconciliar Commission, tasked with organizing the 19th All-American Council [AAC] in Saint Louis, MO July 23-27, 2018, was held at the Chancery here during the second week of December 2016.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, chaired the meeting.  Participants included His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago, in whose diocese the AAC will be held; Archpriest John Jillions and Melanie Ringa, OCA Chancellor and Treasurer respectively; Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary and AAC Director; Deacon Peter Ilchuk, AAC Manager; Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki, Metropolitan Council representative; Becky Tesar, Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] representative; Priest Benjamin Tucci, Youth Activity Coordinator; and Archpriest Timothy Sawchak and Robert Butchko, Local Committee Clergy and Lay Chairs respectively.

According to Father Tosi, Commission members reviewed the AAC planning process and tasks completed to date.

“There was a review of the critical and mandated dates for the Council, while an action plan was discussed to ensure all deadlines are met,” he said.  “An in-depth review of the delegate survey conducted after the 18th AAC in Atlanta will enable Commission members to utilize responses in the planning of the 19th AAC.”

A preliminary budget and financing proposal were presented, along with a review of logistical needs and procedures for registration, certification, credentials and reports.

Metropolitan Tikhon chairs Preconciliar Commission meeting.

The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] will be holding its annual convention in conjunction with the AAC, as had occurred in Atlanta.  There will be a youth program at the AAC, and plans were considered with regard to the integration of both activities with the operation of the AAC.

“The bulk of the two-day meeting was devoted to discussing the theme, major agenda items, possible speakers, and a preliminary overall AAC agenda,” Father Tosi added.  “A comprehensive plan was developed for presentation to the Metropolitan Council and the Holy Synod of Bishops for approval at their respective Spring 2017 meetings.”

During the week of December 11, Father Tosi and Deacon Ilchuk will travel to Saint Louis and Kansas City to meet with local committee chairs, representatives of the Kansas City Deanery, and hotel personnel.

The 19th AAC will be held at the historic Saint Louis Union Station Hotel.  See related story.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.