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Dome Completed in Santa Rosa - 07/21/14

On Saturday, July 19, the faithful of St. Seraphim Church, Santa Rosa, California, celebrated their summer patronal feast day. His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West, welcomed His Grace, Bishop Alexander of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese. The parish recently completed magnificent frescoes in the dome of the temple. (Many thanks to Matushka Sophia Sokolov for the photos).

Feastday of St. John Celebrated at Monastery - 07/19/14

By Novice Monk Ioann

A number of pilgrims and families gathered with us here at the monastery on July 2nd, along with our Archbishop Benjamin and several clergy, to help us celebrate our yearly feast day of Saint John of San Francisco. We assembled in the church Tuesday night, one of those warm dry nights that are typical of summer in Manton, to begin the vigil service. Fr. Innocent made a point of singing in the choir, since he would not be able to do so again for a while: tomorrow he would begin serving in the altar as a priest. As we stood through the service of chants and hymns honoring our patron saint, we asked St. John's prayers and archpastoral blessing for the rest of the coming year, as well as for our Superior as he assumes his new clerical responsibilities.

News of our Diocesan Charity - 07/18/14

Here is a Russian-language report and photo that have just been posted by the Russian news service Interfax. The caption of the article is “St. Petersburg priest opens an office of his hospice in Moscow.”  The photo shows an ambulance that has been donated for the new hospice in Moscow. Preparatory work for the site of the new children’s hospice is now underway. What amazing things God has done through Father Alexander! The Diocese of the West had the Children's Hospice of St. Petersburg as one of the diocesan-wide charities this year.

Scenes from Fort Ross - 07/18/14

His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, presided over the annual Fourth of July Pilgrimage to Fort Ross on the northern coast of California. Here find a small pictorial with some scenes from that day. (Photos: Johann Morse)

Celebration in Vegas - 06/30/14

His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, joined the faithful of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Las Vegas for a dual celebration on the weekend of June 28-29, 2014. The parish was celebrating its patronal feastday of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and also marking the 35th anniversary of Father John Dresko's ordination to the Holy Priesthood (June 24th). His Eminence presided at beautiful services both Saturday evening and Sunday morning. A dinner buffet was enjoyed by the parish council with the Archbishop following Vespers on Saturday evening.

Annual Practicum Set - 06/18/14

The annual practicum for Deacons and Subdeacons, led by His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, has been set. The dates are August 1-3, at Holy Resurrection Church in Tacoma, Washington. Registration form is available here.


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