SYOSSET, NY [OCA] -- His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah sent condolences to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland upon learning that His Eminence, ArchbishopMiron [Chodakowski] of Hajnówka, was among those who perished in the crash of the Polish presidential aircraft Tu-154 near Smolensk, Russia on Saturday, April 10, 2010.
Archbishop Miron, 53, served as the Orthodox Christian Ordinary of the Polish Army, in which he held the rank of Brigadier General. Prior to his consecration to the episcopacy, he served as abbot of the Monastery of the Annunciation in Suprasl.
As widely reported in the media, the plane also carried Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and scores of other Polish dignitaries, who were to have attended the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyñ massacre.
While in the US and Canada in 2007, Archbishop Miron visited several parishes of the Orthodox Church in America.
May Archbishop Miron's memory be eternal!