Sretensky Publishers Release a New Book by the Dean of the Southern Deanery of the Western American Diocese, Archpriest Alexander Lebedev
[March 11, 2009] Moscow's Sretensky Monastery has released a new book (in Russian) by Archpriest Alexander Lebedev, the Rector of Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Los Angeles, Dean of the Southern Deanery of the Diocese of San Francisco and Western America of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and Secretary of the Commission on negotiations with the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) – "The House of God" ("Dom Bozhii").
St. John's Men's Chorale Releases Second Recording: "Chrysostom"
[December 30, 2008] The St. John of San Francisco Men's Chorale (Nicholas Kotar, conductor) released its second recording "Chrysostom” (sung in English and Church Slavonic). The Chorale is made up of chanters of the kliros choir of Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco and supplemented by Bay Area singers. The Chorale had the honor to sing at the opening ceremony of the IV All-Diaspora Council in May, 2006 and also at the Russian Church Abroad's official celebration of 1600 years since the repose of St. John Chrysostom , which anniversary service was held in St. Louis.
Decree ¹ 13E/2008 Regarding Special Petition at Divine Liturgy
[December 26, 2008] In accordance with the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church from December 24, 2008, His Eminence, Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America has issued Decree ¹ 13E/2008. The following petition is to be immediately added to the augmented litany at every Liturgy in parishes and monastic communites of the Western American Diocese and read until the election of a new Head of the Russian Orthodox Church (January 29, 2009):
The Relics of the Holy Confessor Sergius, Last Spritual Father of the Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow, to Visit San Francisco
[December 15, 2008] On Sunday, December 28 at 9:45 am the relics of the Holy Confessor Sergius (Srebriansky) will be brought to the Holy Virgin Cathedral Joy of All Who Sorrow in San Francisco from Tver, Russia to be venerated by the faithful of the Western American Diocese. St. Sergius was the last spiritual father of the Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow and of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth. After many arrests during the Soviet regime, exile and hard labor he settled in the Tver Region with his wife (both of them took monastic vows) and reposed in the Lord in 1948. St. Sergius' spiritual father recalls that: "Every time I spoke to him [St. Sergius], every time I heard his penetrating words, I saw before myself an image of an ascetic desert dweller... He was completely submerged in the Divine... One could feel this in everything he did, especially when he spoke. He spoke of prayer and spiritual sobriety – these were his favorite topics. When he spoke, he spoke simply, edifyingly and convincingly."
Diocesan Council Meets in San Francisco
[December 10, 2008] On December 2, 2008 the Diocesan Council (both clergy and laity) met at the Diocesan Administration. The Council discussed the possible prolonged visit of the Kursk-Root Icon to the Western American Diocese. Inasmuch as the Icon may be travelling to Russia (this matter is presently being decided by the Higher Church Authority) the time frame within which the Icon will come to the Western American Diocese will depend upon the Iocn's visit to Russia. The Council also discussed the Regulations of the St. John Award, the pending visit of the relics of the Holy Confessor Sergei (Srebriansky) to San Francisco, the planned visit of St. John's relics to the Diocese of Tver, Russia, Bishop Theodosy's trip to Moscow, the new diocesan By-Laws, the upcoming St. Herman's West Youth Conference and numerous practical matters. The Council marked the positive changes in the contents and appearance of San Francisco's weekly "Russian Life" and the question of mandatory medical insurance for all full time clergy was brought up. The next meeting of the Diocesan Council is scheduled for February 18, 2009.
Locum Tenens of the Patriarchal Throne to be Commemorated during the Divine Services in all parishes, monasteries and communities of the Western American Diocese
"Hawaii" Myrrhstreaming Iveron Icon to Visit Bay Area Parishes
[November 19, 2008] With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America the "Hawaii" Myrrhstreaming Iveron Icon from Honolulu will visit parishes of the San Francisco Deanery of the Western American Diocese. The visitation schedule is as follows:
Ordination in Walla Walla
[November 16, 2008] On Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16 His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America visited the St. Silouan Church in Walla Walla (Washington). At the Divine Liturgy Archbishop Kyrill awarded the parish Rector, Priest Seraphim Bell, the kamilavka for his service to the Russian Orthodox Church and his missionary work in Nepal. Vladika also bestowed upon Father Seraphim the gold pectoral cross in connection with the latter's appointment as Chairman of the newly formed Department of Missionary Work for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. ...more
Fall Pastoral Conference to be Held in the Pacific Northwest
[November 1, 2008] The St. Nicholas Cathedral in Seattle and the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island are preparing for the upcoming four day fall Pastoral Conference of the clergy of the Western American Diocese. The official schedule of the Conference has been updated:
2009 Diocesan Holy Land Pilgrimage
[October 25, 2008] With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America a pilgrimage to the Holy Land is being organized. The beginning of the trip is scheduled to correspond with the Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women, from April 29 to May 15, 2009. The group will be led by Archpriest Peter Perekrestov of San Francisco's Holy Virgin Cathedral.