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Sylvester (Haruns) of Montreal

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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.
As he advanced in age, Abp. Sylvester decided to relinquish his [[hierarch]]ical responsibilities to new, younger leadership. He retired on [[July 1]], 1981, and for the years following served as pastor of Ss Peter and Paul Cathedral in Montreal. Abp. Sylvester died on [[May 18]], 2000. His funeral was held at Ss Peter and Paul Cathedral according to the rites for monastics, with Bp. [[Seraphim (Storheim) of Ottawa |Seraphim of Ottawa]] and Canada celebrating. He was buried at St. Seraphim Cemetery in Rawdon, Quebec.

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