With the blessings of His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, and His Grace Mstislav, Bishop of Tikhvin & Lodeynoe Pole, Project Tikhvin for 2020 is being planned. This year’s work pilgrimage promises to be a wonderful experience. A group of young people from the Russian Church Abroad and a group of youth from the St. Petersburg and Tikhvin Dioceses will join in volunteer work at an ancient Russian Monastery in Northern Russia. The American group will tentatively leave New York on Saturday, June 27, and return Monday, July 13.
After three days in Moscow, the group will travel by train to St. Petersburg to see the holy sites of that city. Then the pilgrims will travel to their place of work and spend a few days volunteering together with Russian youth. Then all will celebrate the patronal feast of the Monastery of Venerable Anthony of Dymskoe Lake, one of the most important saints of northern Russia. After two days, the group will participate in the yearly feast of the Tikhvin Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God, where thousands will gather to celebrate one of the most important icons of the Russian Church.
On the evening of the feast, all will return to Moscow for a final three days and celebrate the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Nativity of the Mother of God Monastery in downtown Moscow on Sunday, July 12. After a last evening of feasting, the group will return to New York on Monday morning.
Any member of the Russian Church Abroad between the ages of 18 and 28 is eligible to join "Project Tikhvin" group. Thanks to a grant from the Eastern American Diocese, the group is able to offer a greatly discounted price of $1,400.00, which includes airfare, train, all lodging, and most meals. Each participant will pay for his own meals in the cities and subway costs. The group also hopes to visit museums, a Russian movie theatre, and perhaps some other entertainment, as the group wishes.
The deadline to register is March 1, when a nonrefundable deposit of $700.00 is due. The balance will be due June 1. Due to an already greatly discounted rate, no further discounts are available. The group will be limited to 10 youth, so it must be a first come, first served basis. Each participant is responsible for a Russian visa and transportation to and from JFK airport. Project administration will assist with the visa application process. Visa applications are not accepted at the consulate and must go through an agency used by the program.
For complete information, please send an e-mail to the director, Archpriest Alexis Duncan, as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.