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News Updates: 2016
The 9th Annual Saint Herman’s West Youth Conference - 02/21/16

The 9th Annual Saint Herman’s West Youth Conference was hosted by Saint Martin the Merciful Church in Corvallis, OR, from the 27th to the 31st of December, 2015.


Western American Diocese Represented at II Annual Alumni Gathering of Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, NY - 02/23/16

Representatives of the Diocese of San Francisco and Western America traveled to Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY, for the II Annual Gathering of Alumni which was organized from the 10th to the 12th of February, 2016. 


"Becoming Human in a Secular World," Lecture by Archpriest Stephen Freeman (Men in Black Series) - 02/23/16

Whether you know the term Modernity or it, it shapes the world we live, it defines what we think is important, what we strive to obtain, what we snub or praise...


Youth of Saint George Church in Jordan, Utah, Lead the Faithful in Prayer - 02/24/16

The church choir of Saint George Church in Jordan, Utah, has always consisted of women and girls. Over the course of several years the Father Rector, Archpriest Michael van Opstall, has written three-part arrangements and original compositions for women’s and girls’ voices. For the most part Father Michael writes arrangements based on musical anthologies like those found in the “Chanter's Companion” (Sputnik psalomchika), which comprises single-voiced melodies of the Znamenii Chant printed in square notation.


The "Men in Black" Series Continues Its Mission: Priest Christoforos Schuff on the Refugee Crisis in Greece - 02/25/16

On a cold night, in a cold room in late December people gathered; some Orthodox, some Protestant, some Catholic, some Buddhist and some who ascribed to no faith at all. We met to listen to an Orthodox priest. Why, because we all are cared about the plight of our world. The particular plight that evening was the Greek refugee crisis and the thousands who were coming to his island, a Greek island, Lesbos, Turkey’s closest neighbor. The story he told was of what it means to be a neighbor, a human,... a god.


Concert/Fundraiser at the Protection church in Hollywood was a Success - 02/29/16

“What a fabulous event!” was the oft-heard remark following the conclusion of the first-ever concert and silent-auction fundraiser held at Protection of the Holy Virgin church on Argyle Ave in Hollywood on Sunday, February 21. The concert featured the performance of classical guitarist Taso Comanescu, a decade-long parishioner of the Argyle church, playing compositions that ranged from...


A Wintertime Pascha - 03/15/16

This year, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia marks the 50 th anniversary of the repose of the great hierarch, the “Russian Nicholas the Miracle-worker,” our holy father St John of Shanghai and San Francisco. The celebrations began with a visit of a large reliquary containing his relics to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Toronto, Canada. The region has many faithful who venerate his memory .


Russkaya zhizn’ Interviews Vladimir Krassovsky, Director of the Cathedral Choir in San Francisco - 03/19/16

Russkaya zhizn’: We heard that the Cathedral Choir will sing the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts for the first time ever. Tell us how this idea came to be?

Vladimir Krassovsky: Yes, that’s true. Such Great-Lenten Liturgies are always celebrated at the Cathedral of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow” in the morning,


An Ordination to the Deaconate on the Sunday of Orthodoxy - 04/01/16

On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 20, 2016, His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America elevated Sub-deacon Edward Anderson to the deaconate in Christ in Holy Virgin Cathedral.


Communication of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia to the Clerics and Faithful - 04/13/16

 

In light of the welcome publication of the documents to be considered by the forthcoming Pan-Orthodox Council, scheduled to take place on Crete from 16-27 June 2016, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia has undertaken to examine these texts, together with a multitude of other Hierarchs, clergy and laity who are doing the same as preparations for the Council continue, and to communicate with our God-preserved flock and others the manner of suggestions we are proposing,...

 


A Compendium of the Writings of Bishop Alexander (Mileant) is Published - 04/13/16

A large number of English-language articles by Bishop Alexander (Mileant, 1938-2005) of blessed memory has been published in a book titled “Orthodox Christianity.”

The large paper-bound book contains 492 pages and includes articles on a broad scope of topics on Orthodox Christianity: teachings, history, dogmatics and morality. The reader is offered an all-encompassing overview of the Orthodox faith, its essence and meaning, and most importantly, advice on its practical application in daily life. One might say that this compendium is a “mini-course” on Orthodox seminary training.


Petition for Persecuted Orthodox Christians to be Added to the Augmented Litany at Divine Liturgy - 04/14/16

With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill a special petition for the well-being of persecuted Orthodox Christians is to be raised up throughout the Western American Diocese. 


Film Announcing St. John’s 50th Anniversary of Repose Debuted at Holy Virgin Cathedral - 04/17/16

On Sunday April 17, 2016, Holy Virgin Cathedral sponsored the 9th Annual Lenten Retreat. 

The title of the conference was “Redeeming Modern Life” and the themes of the lectures centered on beauty. There were approximately 100 attendees.


Selections from Great Lent and Passion Week - 04/23/16

On Sunday, March 27, the “Choral Presentation Series” at the Church of All Russian Saints in Burlingame, CA, resumed with a choral recital of prayers from Great Lent and Passion Week Services. The program featured hymns from the Lenten Triodion that parishioners would hear in upcoming services.


Paschal Epistle of His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America - 04/30/16


Paschal Epistle of Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First-Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 04/30/16

Christ is risen!


Annual Pilgrimage to Fort Ross, 2016 - 05/31/16

On Monday May 30, 2016, Memorial Day, His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America presided over the Divine Liturgy at Fort Ross during the annual diocesan pilgrimage. His Grace Theodosy Bishop of Seattle concelebrated along with priests and deacons of the San Francisco and Northern Deaneries.

The faithful gathered at Fort Ross California State Park from various parts of the Bay Area and Sacramento...


Media Materials from the IX Annual Lenten Retreat at Holy Virgin Cathedral - 05/31/16

Below is a photo gallery and a video from the IX Annual Lenten Retreat sponsored by Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco on Sunday April 17, 2016.

The retreat “Redeeming Modern Life” was centered on the theme of aesthetics in life and in the Orthodox Church. Attendees came from various Orthodox Jurisdictions.


Festal weekend at St. George Church in Salt Lake City - 06/01/16

On Friday, May 6, St. George Russian Orthodox Church celebrated their patronal feast with a liturgy.  It was the tenth such festal liturgy since the parish’s founding in the fall of 2005. Archpriest Michael van Opstall celebrated the liturgy together with five of his brother priests.


Feast Day of the Ascension of the Lord in Sacramento, CA - 06/14/16

On the 9 of June, 2016, Holy Ascension Church of Sacramento, California marked its Patronal Feast Day of the Ascension of the Lord.

His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America presided over the Divine Liturgy. Concelebrating with him were...


Statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church - 06/14/16

For many decades the Russian Orthodox Church took and continues to take an active part in the preparation of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church. Since the 1st Pan-Orthodox Conference in 1961 on Rhodes, the outstanding hierarchs and the best theologians of our Church have made their contribution to the work on a great number of the Council’s topics, including those which were not to be included later in the agenda of the Holy and Great Council. For the sake of the earliest convocation of the Council, the Russian Orthodox Church has repeatedly re-affirmed her readiness to achieve decisions mutually acceptable for all the participants in the pre-Council process, even if such decisions diverted from the already agreed rules of the Council’s preparation.


Photo-report from Pascha at Protection of the Holy Virgin Church in Hollywood - 06/14/16

Pascha night at Protection of the Holy Virgin Church in Hollywood, CA.


An Annual Russian River Retreat - 06/29/16

            This year, the parish school of Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento held its annual Russian River camp from June 21, 2016 until June 25, 2016. On Tuesday, June 21, a group of participants gathered near the Holy Ascension Church. Once all belongings were safely stored in the vehicles, Father Paul blessed each car and we headed out to the Russian River. After a 2 hour drive, we arrived at the campground and set up two tents. Working together, we quickly assembled them and went to the molebin at the nearby Church of the Mother of God of Kazan in Guerneville, California.


A General Meeting of the Synod of Bishops Opens San Francisco - 06/30/16

Opening today, June 30, 2016, is a General Meeting of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in the presence of the Directress of the Russian Diaspora, the “Kursk-Root” Icon of the Mother of God. Sessions are being held in the Archbishop Anthony Memorial Library, a part of the Chancellery of the Western American Diocese at Saint Tikhon’s House in San Francisco, CA.


Moscow: The Holy Synod confirmed the election of Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg) as Bishop of Sacramento, July 15, 2016. - 07/17/16

Excerpt from the minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Synod of Bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia:

"At the meeting of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, which was held on June 18/ July 1, 2016 in the San Francisco on the eve of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Repose of Holy Hierarch and Wonderworker John (Maximovich), the petition by Archbishop Kyrill..."


The Procurator of Crimea, Natalia Poklonskaya, Unveils a Portrait of the Holy Royal Martyrs at the Livadia Palace - 07/27/16

On the day of commemoration of the Holy Foremost Apostles Peter and Paul (29 of June/ 12  of July) at the Livadia Place in Crimea the solemn ceremony of the unveiling of a portrait of the Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia took place.  This portrait augments a current collection, which has been gathered through the efforts of the Chief Procurator of Crimea ­­– Natalia Poklonskaya.


Patronal Feast Day in Diamond Springs, CA - 08/06/16

On Tuesday August 2, 2016, His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America presided over the Divine Liturgy at Saint Elias Church of Diamond Springs, CA, marking the patronal feast day with the clerics, parishioners and guests of the community.

Concelebrating with His Eminence were Bishop-elect of Sacramento Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg), ...


Lecture by Priest Andrew Cuneo at the IX Annual Lenten Retreat, San Francisco, CA - 08/06/16

Priest Andrew Cuneo, Rector of Saint Katherine Orthodox Church (OCA) of Carlsbad, CA, gave a lecture at the 9th Annual Lenten Retreat sponsored by Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco entitled "Remembering Paradise." The video of his lecture can be seen below.


Bishop Thedosius of Seattle Participates in Feast-Day Celebrations at SS Kosma and Damian Monastery in Crimea - 08/09/16

His Eminence Metropolitan Lazar of Simferopol and Crimea celebrated festive Divine Liturgy on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at SS Kosma and Damian Monastery in Crimea. He was joined by His Grace Bishop Theodosius of Seattle, Vicar Bishop of the Western American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, along with clergymen from the Alushtinsk, Simferopol and Saky Deaneries of the Crimean Diocese, as well as monks in the priestly rank.


Appeal by Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky), Chief of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, to the Pilgrims and Benefactors of its Monasteries in the Holy Land - 08/09/16

By God’s grace, not long ago we lived to see another Holiday of Holidays, the Bright Resurrection of Christ, Pascha. How I wish that all of you, parishioners of our churches and pilgrims who visit us who live in the Holy Land could also experience the divine services of Passion Week, participate in the burial service of Christ the Savior at the Live-Bearing Sepulcher of the Lord, be honored to receive the Holy Fire on Great Saturday, 


Archpastoral Visit to Rogue River, OR - 08/14/16

On August 14, 2016, His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America, made an archpastoral visit to Saint Innocent Russian Orthodox Church in Rogue River, OR.

His Eminence performed Divine Liturgy with the Father Rector Archpriest Seraphim Cordoza and guest clergy...


Patronal Feast Day at the Old Cathedral, San Francisco, California - 08/14/16

On Sunday, August 7, the Old Cathedral of the Holy Virgin in San Francisco celebrated its annual Patronal Feast Day in honor of the Icon of the Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow” (with coins).  His Eminence, Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with the Deputy Rector of the Old Cathedral, Abbot James (Corazza), and visiting priests Rev. Ioann Comanescu of the Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Church in Palo Alto and Rev. Florin Lapustea of the Holy Cross Romanian Orthodox Church in San Jose, along with Rev. Deacon Nikolae Lapustea and Rev. Hierodeacon Peter (Karakozoff)...


Feast of the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Los Angeles - 08/19/16

On August 19, 2016, the Western American Diocese celebrated the Great Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Los Angeles, Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America celebrated both the All Night Vigil and the Divine Liturgy with the parish...


A Pilgrimage to Holy Sites of Greece, 2016 - 09/01/16

In June, 2016, a group of pilgrims, led by His Grace Bishop Theodosius of Seattle, traveled to the holy sites of Greece. The male pilgrims began with a 6 day pilgrimage to Mount Athos. We were based at the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi. During those days, we visited many of the monasteries along the peninsula, including Iveron, the Great Lavra, Stavronikita, Docheiariou, Pantokratoros, and a few sketes. We were fortunate to venerate the Holy Belt of the Mother of God, countless miracle-working icons and relics of saints, and we drank water from miraculous springs. We spent the Feast of Pentecost in Vatopedi, being blessed by Geronda Efrem, the abbot of the monastery, to serve Divine Liturgy in Church-Slavonic in one of the many chapels within the monastery walls. Our last night on the Holy Mountain was spent at the Russian Monastery of St. Panteleimon.

 


The Feast of Saint Silouan’s Monastery, Sonora, CA - 09/24/16

On Saturday September 24, 2016, the fathers and pilgrims marked the first anniversary of the founding Saint Silouan’s Monastery in Sonora, CA.

His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America presided over the patronal feast of the monastery.


The All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island Marks 30 Years - 10/03/16

On Sunday the 2nd of October, 2016, His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western American and His Grace THEODOSY Bishop of Seattle made a pastoral visit to the All-Merciful Savior Monastery on Vashon Island, WA, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary its founding.

Originating in the Fall of 1986, the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery is situated on 16 acres in the heart of a forest on the island, which is located a 30 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle in the Puget Sound of the Salish Sea...


Charles, Prince of Wales, Visits the Russian Convent in Gethsemane - 10/04/16

On Friday, September 30, 2016, concluding his visit to Israel for the funeral of Shimon Peres, Prince Charles of Wales visited Gethsemane Russian Orthodox Convent. Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky), Chief of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, greeted the royal guest at the gates of the convent and told him about the history and daily life of the monastery.

Fr Roman, standing on the courtyard of St Mary Magdalene Church, which overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem, showed Prince Charles the Church of the Resurrection of Christ and the other holy sites of the holy city. Abbess Elizabeth of Gethsemane Convent, standing in the doorway of the grand, royal church, welcomed the prince and offered him the traditional Russian bread and salt.


Report on the 25th Anniversary Russian Orthodox Church Musicians’ Conference (for North America), October 5-9, 2016 - 10/10/16

News from the Liturgical Music Commission (LMC) of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia: Report on the 25th Anniversary Russian Orthodox Church Musicians’ Conference (for North America), October 5-9, 2016, Montreal, Canada; and announcement of upcoming events in 2017

 The 25th Anniversary Russian Orthodox Church Musicians' Conference of church choir directors, singers and readers – attended by over 70 people – took place in the seat of the Canadian Diocese, Montreal, with great results and success.


A Film Covering the 50th Anniversary of the Repose of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco - 10/12/16

On the “Lesser Feast of St. John,” that is on the day of commemoration of the revealing of his honorable relics (29th of September/12th of October, 1993) the Media Department of the Western American Diocese debuts a brief film covering the 50th Anniversary of the Repose of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker (19th of June/2nd of July, 2016)...


Exhibit Marking the 65th Anniversary of Life on Tubabao - 10/25/16

San Francsico, October 18, 2016:

To mark the 65th anniversary of the departure of the last Russian refugees from Tubabao, an exhibition opening in honour of the milestone was held at the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco.  The opening of the exhibition "Tiempo Russo Tubabao Island" was hosted by the Hon. and Mme. Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. - Consul General of the Philippine Republic together with Hon. and Mme. Sergei V. Petrov - Consul General of the Russian Federation and their respective staffs. 


The Saints Cyril and Methodius Gymnasium Invites Children to Enroll - 10/27/16

The oldest Russian school in San Francisco is soon to be ninety years old. Take a video excursion (in Russian).


The Consecration of His Grace Irenei Bishop of Sacramento - 11/11/16

On Sunday November 6, 2016, the day of the Patronal Feast of Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, the Icon of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow,” His Grace Irenei (Steenberg) was consecrated Bishop of Sacramento.

His Eminence Kyrill Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America presided over the celebration. Concelebrating with him were Archbishop Peter of Chicago, Bishop Theodosy of Seattle, Bishop Nicholai of Manhattan and Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk (Moscow Patriarchate), as well as approximately 20 priests and 7 deacons from throughout the Western American Diocese, and other dioceses and jurisdictions.


The Nomination of Bishop-elect Irenei of Sacramento - 11/11/16

On Saturday November 5th, 2016, in Holy Virgin Cathedral of the Icon of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow,” on the eve of the cathedral’s Patronal Feast, Bishop-elect of Sacramento Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg) participated the “Rite of Nomination.”

His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill presided over the rite together with...


Holy Trinity Monastery in Mexico City, Mexico, Celebrates its 10 Anniversary - 11/13/16

On Sunday November 13, 2016, His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America served the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Monastery in Mexico City, Mexico, celebrating its 10 Anniversary.


Report on the Diocesan Assembly of the Western American Diocese, November 15, 2016 - 11/19/16

The most recent Diocesan Assembly of the Western American Diocese was convened on November 15, 2016.

His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill presided over the meeting in the presence of His Grace Theodosy Bishop of Seattle, His Grace Irenei Bishop of Sacramento, His Grace Bishop Nikolai (Soraich) along with over 60 clergy and lay delegates from throughout the Western American Diocese who represented the majority of its monasteries and parishes.


Choral Recital of Sacred Music - 12/01/16

On Sunday, November 13, the parish choir of the Church of All Russian Saints in Burlingame, CA, presented a choral recital of sacred music. The program featured prayers from the Vigil service and other selections that parishioners will hear in upcoming services.  The concert was dedicated to the memory of Anna “Annushka” Markevich, a long-time parishioner, choir member and friend, who reposed in the Lord on October 4 of this year.


The Enthronement of His Grace Irenei As Bishop of Sacramento - 12/07/16

On Sunday the 4th of December, 2016, on the Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America visited Holy Ascension Church of Sacramento, CA, and enthroned a new Vicar, His Grace IRENEI Bishop of Sacramento, in his city and vicariate.


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26th Annual Russian Orthodox Church Musicians' Conference, 4 to 8 October, 2017, to be held in Los Angeles, CA
Great Consecration of St. Martin the Merciful Church in Corvallis, OR, in Fall of 2017
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