The Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) gathered from 10 to 17 May 2011. In addition to various other decisions, there is one of great significance for the future of Western Rite parishes and groups within ROCOR: “At the proposal of the President of the Synod of Bishops, a Western Rite Vicariate was established. His Grace Bishop Jerome of Manhattan was appointed assistant to the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad in ministering to these communities.”