Monday, March 27, 2006

Mertopolitav Valentinn admitted to hospital

Mertrpolitan Valentinn of Suzdal and Vladimir, First-Hierarch of ROAC, was admitted to hospital on Mach 21. He has problems with his right leg now. Doctors had to amputate his big toe and some part of the left foot due to bone necrosis in February. Most of the time since September 2006 Metropolitan Valentine has to spend in hospitals due to crucial exacerbation of diabetes.

Monastic Vows Taken in Suzdal

(Suzdal Diocesian Bulletin – NFTU – Vertgograd, Suzdal)

On March 16 in the Tsar-Constantine Cathedral, ryasophor priestmonk Fr Jonas Rosokha was brought into the monasticism with the blessing of Metropolitan Valentine of Suzdal and Vladimir. The priestmonk was tonsured by Archbishop Theodore of Borisovosk and Otradnoe, secretary of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church, after Vespers. The new hieromonk was named Mark after St.Mark of Thrace and was registed to the brotherhood of the monastery of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia in Suzdal.

Hieromonk Mark was born in 1957 in Tomsk. In 1997 he became a parishioner of the ROCOR's Siberian diocese. In the same year he was tonsured and ordained a priest by Bishop Evtikhy. In 1999, Father Jonas was accepted in The Suzdal Diocese of tbe Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church and served in the city of Armavir in the South of Russia. He will continue to serve in Armavir.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Four New Nuns of ROAC Tonsured in St.Petersburg

(Vertograd, St.-Petersburg)

Four nuns were tonsured on March 10 by Hegumen Gregory in the church of St.Elizabeth in St.-Petersburg.

Alevtina Nikinina was tonsured with the name Elizabeth after the Patron of the church. She was born in 1970; she graduated the Library Department of St-Petersburg University of Culture.

Maria Ustrizhitsrakya was tonsured with the name Joanna after St.John Kassian. She was born in 1971; she is a restore by education.

Rassopher Nun Martha (Senina) was tonsured after St.Kassia of Constantinople. She was born in 1972; she graduated the Department of Philology of the University of St.-Petersburg. Nun Kassia is the author of more then 10 church services, including the ones to St.Philaret of New York and Holy Nuns of Diveevo that were glorified in the ROAC. She researches the history of Byzantine and writes a book about St.Kassia of Constantinople.

Olga Mitrenina was tonsured after St.Xenia of St.-Petersburg. She was born in 1968. She has PhD degree in linguistics and teaches at the department of Mathematical Linguistics in the University of St.-Petersburg.

All of the new-tonsured nuns know church ustav and can read and sing at the service.

Nun Kassia and nun Xenia are the members of editorial board of Vertograd