On the morning of Wednesday, 29 April 2009, His Beatitude, Metropolitan JONAH of All America and Canada, together with a delegation from the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), arrived via train from Moscow to St.Petersburg, at the Moscow Railway Station. Guests were greeted by His Grace,
Bishop MARKELL of Petergoff and Head of the Protocol Department and Press-Secretary of the St. Petersburg Eparchy I.N. Sudosa.
Upon arrival at the Academy the guests were met by His Grace, Bishop AMVROSSY of Gatchina, Rector of the Academy, being accompanied by Easter hymns (Christ is Risen!), all of whom led Metropolitan JONAH to the Academic Church of The Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian. Inside the
temple, Bishop AMVROSSY greeted the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America before those assembled and presented him with an icon of the Holy Blessed Prince Alexander Nevsky, the Heavenly Patron Saint of St. Petersburg.
Afterwards, Metropolitan JONAH and his companions were invited by Bishop AMVROSSY to a brethren luncheon, during which the Vladyka JONAH learned about the spiritual life of the Academy and the learning process taking place within it.
Following the meal, Metropolitan JONAH, together with the delegation, departed for a three day pilgrimage to Valaam.