His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion visited his diocese from Monday 13th March to Monday 20th March bringing with him the Wonderworking Kursk Root Icon.
He visited parishioners in Cheltenham and London. He met with Archbishop Elisey in Oxford and served with him in London and met with Archbishop Gregorios on Thursday 16th March. The Diocesan Assembly met after the Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral on Saturday 18th March. During the Hierarchal Liturgy (08:30) Vladika tonsured Philip Hicks as Reader for Cheltenham, Nicholas Boiko as Reader for London and Maxim Brown, Reader for Colchester, Reader Sergey was ordained Subdeacon for St Colman’s Stradbally, Deacon Ioan was ordained Priest for Colchester and Subdeacon Spasimir was ordained Deacon also for Colchester. The Diocesan Assembly elected the members of the Diocesan Council at this year’s meeting. The Great Unction Service followed the Diocesan Assembly at 14:00. Vladika served the Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral on Sunday 19th March followed by the Cathedral Parish AGM (2016).