The Orthodox Church of Puerto Rico Enters into Communion with the Catholic Church

The Pan Orthodox Church of St. Spyridon (San Espiridion) in Trujillo Alto, PR community were received into the Catholic Church as a Greco Catholic Byzantine community under the “Omophorion” (jurisdiction) of the Latin Archbishop, Metropolitan Roberto González, O.F.M.

According to gloria.tv website, the welcome ceremony was presided over by the Vicar General of the Archdiocese, father Alberto Figueroa Morales on behalf of the Archbishop.

This makes San Espiridión the first Eastern Catholic community in Puerto Rico. The priests and parishioners of San Espiridión, despite being in the Catholic Church, will continue celebrating the Divine Liturgy and sacred mysteries according to the Byzantine tradition. The liturgy will be in English, Spanish, and Slavic, as well as follows the liturgical calendar Julian (old calendar).

The community was under the authority of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (Istanbul). Now it is under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of San Juan of Puerto Rico. Thereafter, it may pass to any of the Slavonic Byzantine Eastern Catholic churches, although they continue to remain under the local Latin metropolitan authority.