Passaic, NJ: Metropolitan Hilarion leads Patronal Feast of Sts. Cosmas & Damian Church - 11/18/17
On Tuesday, November 14, the feast of the Holy Martyrs & Unmercenaries Cosmas & Damian of Asia Minor, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, led the patronal feast day of Sts. Cosmas & Damian Church in Passaic, NJ.
Atlanta, GA: Conference "100 Years of the Russian Local Council of 1917-1918" held at Joy of All Who Sorrow Church - 11/17/17
On Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of November, the parish of Joy of All Who Sorrow Church in Atlanta, GA held their parish celebrations in honor of the patronal feast day (November 6), and held a conference on the topic "100 Years of the Russian Local Council of 1917-1918."
On Saturday, November 11, the funeral service for Archpriest Wsevolod Drobot was served at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. Leading the service was His Grace, Bishop Jerome. On Friday evening, a panihida was served by monastery clergy. The following morning, Divine Liturgy was served in the lower St. Job of Pochaev Church, where Fr. Wsevolod lay in state. His Grace prayed in the altar.
Coronado (San Jose): Kursk Root Icon visits Costa Rica - 11/15/17
From November 4-7, a momentous event took place in Costa Rica in Central America. For the first time, the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora – the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God – visited the southernmost parish of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Church Abroad, the Church of Our Lady of Vladimir in Coronado.
Philadelphia, PA: Metropolitan Hilarion leads Patronal Feast of Joy of All Who Sorrow Church - 11/13/17
On Monday, November 6, the feast day of the Icon of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow," Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York paid an archpastoral visit to Joy of All Who Sorrow Church in Philadelphia, PA, in honor of the parish’s patronal feast.
Utica, NY: Bishop Jerome leads Divine Services in St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Church - 11/11/17
On Saturday, November 4, His Grace, Bishop Jerome, traveled to Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, where he led the resurrectional All-Night Vigil. The following morning – Sunday, November 5 – His Grace traveled on to the nearby St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Church in Utica, NY.
"A Big City & A Church Built by Little People" – An Interview with Matushka Sophia McKenzie - 11/16/17
Russian Church life in Florida was begun by Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko) in 1937 – who was himself later appointed Bishop of Florida – in a big city in the south of the state. In the mid-1940s, construction began on the first Russian church in Florida. Its founders were from the first and second waves of immigrants and included seven dwarfs – professional performers, who arrived in Miami at World War II broke out. Among them were Ivan and Pelagia Velikanov, and Vasily and Maria Filin. Their names appear on a memorial plaque at the entrance to the church.
McKeesport, PA: Matushka Martha Ermakov reposed in the Lord - 10/30/17
On Sunday, October 15, Matushka Martha Ermakov, of McKeesport, PA, reposed in the Lord. She was 88. She was born August 23, 1929 in Olyphant, PA (near Scranton) and was the daughter of the late John and Martha Russen Sweda. She was the wife of the late Archpriest Dimitri H. Ermakov.
Bill Mackanic: "I Like to See Students Grow & Graduate as Better People" - 09/29/17
In our age of technology, our enemies want us to feel down and upset, but we can’t let them do that. We must be joyful and happy. I’m no priest or deacon, but I know that God wants all of us to be happy. He doesn’t want anything to stand in our way.
Archpriest Victor Boldewskul – "Vladyka Laurus Truly Loved the Church" - 09/26/17
When I remember Vladyka Laurus, what I remember the most important was how he truly loved the Church, how he loved the Russian Church, and how he was always measured in all things... Vladyka taught by example or by his short words or comments ("short" meaning concise: he did not have to say too much to guide us).
"The Good Shepherd" - In Hallowed Memory of Archpriest Peter Motscharsky - 08/29/17
On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, the feast of the Holy Image of the Savior "Not Made by Hands," the Eastern American Diocese prayerfully marked the 40th anniversary of the repose of Archpriest Peter Motscharsky (long-time rector of Holy Trinity Church in Astoria, NY). In honor of this anniversary, the diocesan Media Office would like to offer our readers the eulogy spoken at Fr. Peter’s funeral, delivered by his son-in-law, Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, and translated into English for the first time.
Jordanville, NY: Restoration of Golgotha Site at Holy Trinity Monastery
Prior to their graduation, Holy Trinity Seminary’s graduation class of 1971 had erected a magnificent 40 feet tall cross on the top of the hill overlooking Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. Since then, this cross became a part of the local scenery, something that is very strongly associated with the imagery of the monastery.
Directive from Metropolitan Hilarion on Providing Financial Assistance to St. Herman Youth Conference
"St. Herman Conference and similar youth gatherings are a wonderful opportunity for the younger generation to better acquaint themselves with the fundamentals of their Orthodox Faith and solidify bonds of friendship with other young people in the bosom of the Mother Church. Once again in the 2017 year, we ask that you do your part to support St. Herman Conference and the spiritual well-being of our youth, via plate collection or a direction donation from the parish."