The large Russian population in Costa Rica is in the process of building a church in the Pskov style and was looking forward to a bright future with Fr. Rodion at the helm. Currently the community does not have a priest.
An intimate Paschal reception was held for the friends of the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia at the Synod of Bishops in Manhattan.
On May 8-9, 2009, for the first time, young people conducted a procession of the cross from the Orthodox Monastery of St Job of Pochaev in Munich (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia) to the former concentration camp in Dachau, where there is a Russian Orthodox memorial chapel belonging to the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church, as reported by Sedmitza.ru
Family camps in Germany under the spiritual guidance of priest Sergey Popov from Volgograd have been in operation since 2005, but only in one location – not far from Dortmund.
Interview by Archpriest Victor Potapov, Executive Director of the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia with His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York
Today we have five parishes and two chapels, but only two priests. It is very difficult to visit our parishioners, to pay rent for the buildings we use for church services. We need help in acquiring land to build a church.
Following the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico the Fund for Assistance received a desperate letter from the Abbot of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Monastery in Mexico City, Fr. Nektarios.
The Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia welcomes back the fund’s former treasurer – Alexander Kulesha, who had provided expert service to FFA for 13 years before retiring in 2007.
This summer the Holy Trinity in Jordanville, NY hosted a youth program sponsored by the Fund for Assistance to ROCOR. Six boys ages 6-16 from the Western, Eastern and Midwestern Dioceses took part in the retreat. The kids actively participated in monastery life, keeping as much as possible to a monastery schedule; attending daily services and completing obediences, such as working in the garden, cooking, cleaning, and even painting icons.
The program was a response to the dire need of our Haitian brothers and sisters suffering from the aftereffects of three devastating hurricanes that hit the island of Haiti last August.
FFA is raising money to assist a suffering ROCOR missionary priest in Uganda. In August FFA received a heart-wrenching letter from a missionary ROCOR priest Fr. Christopher Walusimbi in Lake Victoria, Uganda. “I have almost come to the end of the wall. I sometimes can’t afford to buy the church wine. This means I have to miss the Holy liturgy… I trust in my Lord for everything." A married priest, he has had ten children. Sadly his two eldest sons, Alex and George, drowned in Lake Victoria as one jumped into the lake to save the other. His wife is very sick; the family has no money for treatment.
The generosity of a private donor has allowed the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia to finance two summer youth events, organized by the Synodal Youth Committee. The participants represent all ROCOR dioceses.
Long-time executive director of the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Yuri Schidlovsky died Saturday September 19 at the age of 82 after a long struggle with cancer.
In an interview in March 2009 the daughter of FFA founder and the Schidlovskys' long-time friend Maria Jordan said that Schidlovsky “was the one who put the Fund for Assistance on its feet,… he did a tremendous job. It played a colossal role for the Fund.” The funeral was held on Thursday, September 24 at the New Diveyevo convent in Nanuet, New York. FFA offers sincere condolences to his family and friends. Memory Eternal!
New York, NY - George Schidlovsky, a member of the white Russian emigre community in the U.S., died peacefully in his home in Glen Head, NY on Saturday, September 19 after a long 16 year struggle with cancer. His loving wife Sophie, and two sons Dimitry and George were with him at the time of his passing.
“He was one of the pillars of the Russian Diaspora; he was a great patriot, a very church going, and a true believer. He was an exceptional, cheerful, responsible person, not even to mention his great honesty. When he became head of the Fund for Assistance, he gave over a hundred percent, thanks to him we got more members. I remember he was always the last one to leave, he would answer every letter. And it wasn’t just a formulaic letter, it always had heart. He gave everything he could to the Fund. He put a lot of love into it and he worked constantly. Everyone loved working with him. It’s a great loss to the Russian Diaspora.” - Tatiana Speranskaya
New York, NY - Igumen Nektariy, abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery in Mexico City was hospitalized Monday, October 12 due to kidney problems. According to schema monk Christophor who is a part of the same monastery Fr. Nektariy was in critical condition for 72 hours: “Even though he is still hemorrhaging, his overall condition has improved,” he wrote.
New York, NY -A week after being hospitalized for kidney problems Igumen Nektariy abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery in Mexico City was well enough to leave the hospital Sunday, October 19, says schema monk Christophor.
New York, NY - Fr. Rodion Aragon, only ROCOR priest in Costa Rica was said to be terminally ill with stomach cancer November, 11, wrote Fr. Daniel McKenzie to the Fund for Assistance to ROCOR. He was hospitalized due to a mysterious illness that kept him in great pain and prevented him from eating. The doctors couldn’t find out what was wrong with him until November 11, when he was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer.
New York, NY - His Eminence +Metropolitan Hilarion issued an ukaze to all parishes, monasteries and missions to hold plate collections for the grievously ill Fr. Rodion Aragon (Costa Rica) and his family.
an interview with Fr. Andrei Sommer, Vice Chair of the Synodal Youth Committee... Over the summer, a youth group representing different ROCOR dioceses participated in a pilgrimage within the framework of the Concord of Orthodox Youth project and under the sponsorship of the Fund for Assistance.
This was a difficult year for the Holy Trinity Monastery in Mexico City. First the swine flu quarantine shut down their bakery and coffee shop, leaving the monastery without its main source of income for many weeks; scores of parishioners lost their jobs and turned to the monastery for help; the monastery car broke down, bills and rent on the church buildings had to be paid. The brethren barely made ends meet.
New York, NY - Despite a great response from concerned supporters, the Orthodox mission in Haiti is still without guaranteed means of survival. There are about 3,000 Russian Orthodox Christians in Haiti, most of them indigenous. The number constantly increases, owing to the tireless missionary efforts of the island’s two Russian Orthodox priests, Fr. Jean Chenier-Dumais, and Fr. Gregoire Legouté. The faithful gather in tiny rented buildings for services, the priests share one car to travel for hours across the country on unpaved roads across mountainous areas in order for parishioners in five parishes to lead some form of church life.
Last August the Fund for Assistance received a heart-wrenching letter from a ROCOR missionary priest on Bukasa Island, Uganda. “I have almost come to the end of the wall. I sometimes can’t afford to buy the church wine. This means I have to miss the Holy liturgy… I trust in my Lord for everything," wrote Fr. Christopher Walusimbi in an email. Fr. Christopher is the first Black African priest ordained in ROCOR and is under the omophorion of Metropolitan Hilarion.