ROCOR-A North American Newsletter

We are sad to report that Father Vladimir Anderson reposed December 16 in Santa Rosa, California. Father Vladimir was a living link to Father Seraphim Rose. Eternal Memory!

The St. Xenia Parish Brotherhood (Canata, Canada) held a Vigil Saturday, December 18 on the Eve of St. Nicholas, the Wonderworker of Myrna. After the the service, in which a Male Choir chanted the Vigil, the Brothers offered a Lenten dinner of their well-known menu of “Thai Mussels and Belgium Fries.”

With the encouragement of Metropolitan Agafangel, St. Xenia Cathedral will begin offering periodic services in English. Given that St. Herman of Alaska was the first North American Orthodox Saint, and if there is sufficient demand, Fr. Oleg Mironov will serve Matins and Divine Liturgy on his Saint’s Day in English on Saturday 25 December at 0900 am. Please encourage all who would appreciate and benefit from English services to attend. Please contact Stephan Hobbs if you would like to help contribute to the service with readings or chanting 613.236.6150

Father Gregory Kotlaroff of  St. Sergius Church, assisted by Father Macarius Foster, conducted confessions at the Tolstoy Nursing Home in Valley Cottage, New York, Tuesday, December 14 and a Liturgy there Wednesday, December 15.

The planned ordination of John Granger as a deacon that we reported last week has been delayed.

This is our last reminder that St Nicholas Convent (Constantia, New York) will be hosting a Nativity Fast Youth Retreat, December 24-27.  Speakers at the Retreat include Father Gregroy Williams (St. John of Kronstadt Community, Liberty Tennessee), Father Nikita Grigoriev (St. Nikita Parish, Richfield Springs, New York), Father Daniel Meschter (St. Innocent Mission, Pottstown, Pennsylvania), Father Nicholas Chernjavsky (Holy Ascension Parish, Rochester, New York), Dr. Maria Khoury (St. George’s Church, Taybeh, Palestine and Mother Agapia (St. Nicholas Covnent, Constantia, New York).   More information about the retreat is available here:

Archbishop Andronik will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land July 2-16 for young people aged 15 to 30 from South and North America, Europe and Australia.  For more information about the pilgrimage,  please contact Tatyana Tkachenko by phone at (203) 938-3654 or enmail at