News of the ROCOR-A


In the Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov in the town of Vologda after the Divine Liturgy August 26, Hieromonk Vladimir (Khorunzhiy) offered repentance for the heresies of ecumenism and Sergianism and was received into the clergy of the ROCA Diocese of Vologda. A decree of Bishop Athanasius appointed Fr. Vladimir the rector of St. Great Martyr George the Victory-bearer in the village of Argunovo, Nikol’skoy region, Vologda district. Earlier, Hieromonk Vladimir – with the unanimous support of his parishioners – officially resigned from the ranks of the Moscow Patriarchate. We ask the prayers of ROCA parishioners for Fr. Vladimir with the flock.

Father Gregory Williams, the head of our Haitian Orthodox Mission, sends the following message concerning the impact of Tropical Storm Isaac on our parish there.

‘I have no direct word from our brethren in Haiti (not surprising; it is probable that most if not all electrical and internet connections have been put out of service at least for a while). I did get a “probable last communication” from one of the officers of Fonkozé (the organization which handles our funds transfers) in Port-au-Prince this morning, saying:
Electricity and internet are intermittent as of last night, so I’m looking to get you up-to-date in case I go off the grid.

‘Our Kore W Project Manager Tyler Tappendorf has this report from Port-Au-Prince:

“The winds picked up last night around 9pm and lasted through most of the night. While rain accompanied the winds, the rain did not appear to be very heavy. As of this morning around 7am, the winds have died off completely and now we are getting steady rains (though I still wouldn’t say ‘heavy’ at this point). From the satellite views, it looks like the center of the storm is now north of the southwest peninsula of Haiti, while the majority of the moisture is still south of Haiti. I’m assuming this means we’re still in for a drencher for most of today.

“I did a drive around downtown Port-au-Prince this morning and must say I was surprised how little damage the storm has appeared to cause thus far. No major trees down, just scattered twigs and leaves. Roads were clear (which is rare even after we just have a night of heavy rains).
There were a few food stands (metal frames) that had been blown over near the presidential palace, but besides that I could see no other significant damage. I’m sure that the tents and shacks where people are staying, however, did not fare so well. Tarps and sticks would have undoubtedly suffered damage during the sustained high winds. Overall, the damage thus far was much less than the squall line of storms which raced over Port-au-Prince on July 16 with much higher winds. As we all know, floods are the most likely source of damage here so if the rains continue and get heavier, we could very well see some flooding later today.”
‘We do not yet know how our clients in the south of the country, where the storm first hit, are faring.

‘Please take a moment to give what you can today.

‘We will need support for all our ongoing programs to alleviate poverty and strengthen client resilience.

‘I’ve sent inquiries to Fr. Amboise, Nicolas and others. As soon as I hear something I’ll let you know.’