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The Orthodox Vision

Summer 1998

OR THODOX MISSIONS IN THE WEST


ORTHODOX
A Look at the Amazing Growth of the Diocese Over the Last Ten Years
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Fr om His Grace Bishop TIKHON


From
Thus an Orthodox monas-
I am an Orthodox Fundamentalist tic belonging to a commu-
nity that eschews fasting
Over the past decade, the volume of “public discourse” among the from meat year round would
Orthodox, mostly but not only in America and Western Europe, has consider other communities
risen to such high levels as to become what I call “spiritual deafen- that do fast from meat year
ing.” Our fundamental Gospel teachings, our doctrinal definitions, round to be “Orthodox Fun-
our ethics and morality, even our liturgical life are rather straightfor- damentalists,” and by that
ward, edifying, in essence: salvific. Our public discourse should be, is meant “unreasoning and
given the vision of the Church that has been passed on to us, the unreasonable fanatics,
Holy Tradition, a clear proclamation of the Good Tidings and Beati- probably prone to violence.”
tude Commandments, full of the Kingdom and the outpouring of That, of course, I am not, but
love based on a life of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving in today’s there is no rationality what-
terms. Within this discourse, the canons and Church discipline, are soever in any discourse
clearly the servants of the Church’s mission, not salvific in them- that labels those who are unreasoning, unreasonable, irrational, fa-
selves, but insuring the “decency and good order” that makes the natical and violent as “Fundamentalists.” I suppose that, with refer-
full proclamation of the Gospel possible. ence to Islam and the idea of Holy War or jihad with which the
Western European crusaders infected it, some violent Islamic sects
But in the present climate, the discourse falls far short of what it are fundamentalist, but only with regard to their fundamental con-
should be and too often becomes simply ideological combat – a far fession of the virtue of violence.
cry from spiritual warfare. But in this present climate, ideology is
everything, and for ideology to thrive and flourish there must be Fundamentalist….this truly innocent term has lost all meaning in
ideologues: those skilled in debate, argument, hurtful combat, even public discourse. It has become a bludgeon with which to beat
“school spirit” rather than allegiance to the Holy Spirit the Heav- down opponents when rational discourse or arguments are want-
enly King. ing. Only one word is more misused than “Fundamentalist,” and
that is “Uncanonical.” Basically, “canonical” in terms of real usage
Decades ago, a group of Protestants drew up a list of a certain now means “I, me, mine, us and ours.” “Uncanonical” in terms of
minimum fundamentals of doctrine to which one must subscribe in real usage means “they and theirs.” The canons themselves in such
order to be considered a “real” Christian. These fundamentals in- discourse are missing or irrelevant. Thus, the discourse (or lack of
cluded, among other things, Biblical inerrancy, the Virgin Birth, Bodily it) between ROCOR and OCA over the years has been notable for
Resurrection of Christ, and seven days of Creation. Those that held this peculiarity: both base their “canonicity” not on any canon at
to those fundamentals listed with any degree of strength and tenac- all, but on their own interpretation of an official instruction of the
ity were termed “Fundamentalists.” That’s the origin of our word then Patriarch of Moscow, Saint Tikhon!! (And each very notably
Fundamentalist. recognizes the canonicity of the others’ ordinations whether to
Diaconate, Presbytery or Episcopate!)
What would a “fundamentalist” be outside that well-defined, tradi-
tional category? It seems to me that a fundamentalist would have to Often the word “canonical” is used to disguise something on which
adhere to some other kind of list of basic teachings by which one the canons are completely silent: such as the method of transfer of
might identify a “real” member of a given group. What then would laity from parish to parish. I have even read a relatively long “opin-
an Orthodox Fundamentalist be? ion from the canonical point of view” on that topic that carefully
managed to avoid mentioning any canons at all! This low level of
It seems to me that any list of Orthodox Fundamentals would have discourse is not only a matter of hierarchical conversations and
to include the Symbol of Faith, the Holy Gospels, the Ten Com- dialogue/dispute; it has now filtered down to the basic parish level.
mandments, the Doctrinal statements of the Ecumenical and Local
Councils and of the Fathers approved by them. One might find What young matron or teenage girl that wears a cloth on her head in
summaries of these Orthodox Fundamentals in the office of Receiv- Church is not now liable to be labeled a Fundamentalist? What
ing Heretics in the Orthodox Church as printed in Hapgood’s Ser- Priest that tries to do away with pews is not labeled a Fundamental-
vice Book, and also in the Confession of Faith that are made by ist by those holding to congregationalist ideology? What about
Orthodox hierarchs on the eves of their Consecrations. In that Fasting? What about going to spoken Confession before a priest?
sense, I believe that any hierarch that is zealously and with tenacity What about a priest that prays his rule every Saturday night or
holding to all those points he confessed, must be an Orthodox Fun- Sunday morning? What about a priest that is never “off-duty” or
damentalist. However we are not governed so much by such rea- never tries to conceal that he is a priest? “To do good and to
sonable definitions as we are governed and defined by the media, communicate forget not, for with such sacrifices, God is well-
and those that consider anyone at all that is more zealous about pleased.” What sacrifices are we prepared to make with Joy?
religion or anything else as they are as the Enemy.
@ TIKHON
Bishop of San Francisco and the West

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Orthodox Missions in the West


A Look at the Amazing Growth in the Diocese Over the Past Ten Years
by Peter Schwalbenberg

Imagine it this way: It is a rallied the mission, which,


September morning in the like too many of our mis-
gulf of Alaska. A small sions, had lost a pastor to a
boat approaches the shore, sudden illness. It’s a hard life!
carrying six monks, whose
eyes are scanning the trees Famous missionaries are no
for the school and cells they strangers to the west. St.
had been promised. As the INNOCENT, Enlightener of
boat grinds up on the Alaska, came to Fort Ross
beach, they put out a hand and the San Francisco Bay
to grasp the gunwale and area in 1836. The only mis-
steady themselves, and sions there were run by
their eyes are still scanning Holy Apostles’ Bookstore in Portland Franciscans, with whom he
the trees. First one leg goes out into the cold water, so talked at length, using the Latin he had learned in semi-
like Valaam, then another, and the monks climb up the nary. St. TIKHON, later Patriarch of Russia, was Bishop
beach towards the trees, grateful to be on ground at last. in San Francisco until he moved the see to New York in
They disappear into the trees. They never find the school 1905.
and cells they had been promised, for the promoter of
their expedition, the energetic Shelikov, was quite proud In our times, mission work milestones begin with the
of getting the monks to come at all, and then found that founding of the mission in Encino, CA in 1955 by Fr.
he had other more important things to do than keep his Sergei Glagolev. Given the Great Russian character of
glowing promises to them. What did the monks do? They the Diocese of the West at the time, this mission was a
built the school and cells themselves. They found local departure in that it was conceived as community whose
people who heard the good news and gathered with them services would be in the English language. This mission
into a Eucharistic community. They planted the Ortho- is now a parish of 150 members. Many missions have
dox faith in the new world. followed this pattern. Notable, is St. Paul in Las Vegas,
NV which was founded by Archimandrite Nikolai
This story has been repeated with different faces in dif- (Soraich) and is now our largest community at 300 fami-
ferent places all over America, and in our days the dedi- lies. St. Michael in Walnut Creek, CA was founded in
cation and perseverance of missionaries who work with 1974 and has grown. The church in Las Vegas was dedi-
what they find is still planting the Orthodox faith. Espe- cated in 1995, the same year as St. John of Damascus in
cially in the Diocese of the West in the past several years, Poway, CA which also began as an English language mission.
the dedication of missionaries and the response of people
to God’s word which they bring has founded many mis- Mission work in the diocese was organized under Met-
sions and revived others. More and more of the faithful ropolitan Vladimir, who was bishop of San Francisco and
are involved in this work all the time. Berkeley,1972-1975. In 1986 a Mission Board was
formed to aid the development of missions. It supported
Just this year a new mission community formed in Bozeman the work of Fr. Alexander Golitsyn, who in the 80’s served
Montana. Families who made the 2-hour drive to St. the Diocese as a “circuit rider.” With his station wagon
Nicholas in Billings, MT formed a nucleus, and now there packed with a folding iconostasis, he tirelessly criss-
are 20 people in the Bozeman community worshipping crossed the remote and not so remote parts of the Dio-
with Fr. Eric Tosi . In Merced, Fr. David Thatcher has cese bringing to fledgling communities the sacraments

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and services. This tradition survives. Fr. David Fox, starting sions, and on which Archimandrite Nikolai serves, has be-
a mission in Ashland, OR still carries the entire church in the gun to take an interest in domestic missions.
back of his car, until the mission can find a permanent home.
Fr. Jonah (Paffhausen) recently was a circuit priest for sev- The Mission Deanery sponsors an annual retreat, which pre-
eral years, serving missions from Sonora to Chico to Eu- sents speakers on the Church and the spiritual life, and gives
reka. No one can keep this exhausting pace for long. Now participants a chance to talk about and learn about life in the
that Fr. Jonah is acting head of the monastery at St. Eugene’s missions. Past speakers have been Bishop BASIL
in Inverness, CA the position is open once again. (Rodzianko), Fr. Daniel Sichiu on ministry to the sick, Fr.
John Chakas on the spiritual life, Fr. Stephen Meholick on
liturgical life, author Collette Janopolos on converting from
Mormonism. These retreats have been so enthusiastically
received that the deanery wants to invite members of all dean-
eries. The next annual retreat will be in Burlingame, CA (20
minutes south of San Francisco) and will feature Fr. Thomas
Hopko as the speaker.

The Mission Deanery has been a host deanery for whole


parishes joining the Diocese, such as Holy Apostles in Port-
land and Annunciation in Milwaukie, OR. These two par-
ishes, and Annunciation Mission in Santa Maria, CA and St
George in Hesperia, CA, this year graduated from the Mis-
Bible Study in Fremont With Fr. Leo Arrowsmith sion Deanery and joined the local deaneries. Fr. Lawrence
Russell from Annunciation in Santa Maria and Fr. Matthew
Given the vast area of the Diocese of the West, local deans Tate from Annunciation in Milwaukie have generously agreed
must play an important part in the life of the Diocese. In to continue to serve on the Mission Board. Fr Lawrence
1994 Bishop TIKHON formed the Mission Deanery, to has been a leader in the Mission Board’s mentoring program.
fosters and oversee communities in the mission field and is
now the largest of the deaneries. Fr. Ian MacKinnon is the Hesperia was the last of three missions founded by
dean. Fr. Ian served in the mission in Santa Maria, CA and Fr. John Schreiber of blessed memory. Fr. John la-
is now at Exaltation of the Holy Cross Mission in Sacra- bored tirelessly for missions in this and other Dioceses,
mento, CA. In 1995 there were 11 missions in deanery. and is greatly missed. The Mission Deanery has also
Since that time, there have been added 10 new missions, provided support for Sts. Peter and Paul in
and four missions have ‘graduated’ in status and become Phoenix,where Archimandrite Gabriel (Cooke) serves.
members of the local deaneries. The total of missions now In return, one of the parish leaders serves on the Mis-
is 17. In November of 1995, Bishop TIKHON called to- sion Board. Fr. Rodion Pfieffer is the chaplin at the
gether a Mission Board to help Fr. Ian in planning and ad- Whole Life Foun-
ministration for the missions. The 10 member board of clergy dation in Phoenix,
and laity brings together years of experience in mission work. a halfway house.
Between Phoenix
The Orthodox Church in America’s Mission Unit has been and Las Vegas lies
generous in helping missions in the Diocese. St. Innocent in Lake Havasu,
Fremont, CA and St. Nicholas in Billings, MT received mis- AZ, a mission that
sion planting grants. These grants are designed to pay part now is finishing its
of the salary for a priest during the critical time in a mission’s building program.
life when a full time priest can take it to a whole new level. The new missions in
For both of these missions, the grants were essential in weath- Sonora is served
ering the hardships of losing their pastors and finding a new by Fr. Tom Renfree
one. Both parishes are now financially stable, led by effec-
tive pastors and growing well. The Orthodox Christian Mis- See Missions on p. 11
sion Center, a pan-Orthodox agency supporting foreign mis- Fr. Lawrence Russell in Santa Maria

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MANY THANKS TO O.S.W. MEMBERS!


It is with heartfelt gratitude that we recognize the following individuals and parishes for their kind and generous
support of the Diocese of the West. All those here listed have contributed or pledged $100 or more to assist in the
important work of the Diocese and have therefore been enrolled as members of Orthodox Stewards of the West.

Would you like to join their ranks and help those helped by the Diocese? If so, please complete the form below and return
it to the Office of the Chancellor as soon as possible. Your charity makes a difference. It enables our Church to expand
and enrich its ministry throughout the western United States and to properly care for those in need. God bless you and all
our stewards for responding to this most important call with faith and with love!

St. Anne’s Orthodox Church Agnes Rentz VREV Gregory Szyrynski M/M Oscar Abdoulah
M/M Jospeh Kurowski M/M Mark Linnehan REV Gregory Safchuk K. Sakovich
VREV Kirill Hartman Irene Koulichkov Marold Homyak Los Angeles Orthodox Club
M/M Eugene Nowik Maha Adranly Jospeh Vranesh Lois Herring
M/M Robert Bliss Sisterhood HVM Cathedral Thomas Borer M/M Mike Kaymonacky
Natalie Vasilev M/M Victor Gromadski M/M Nicholas Popsuy Mary Caetta
St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church M/M Kevin Dorning M/M Constantine Chekene M/M Jamie Campbell
M/M Leon Snyder M/M Joseph Eurich Vera Wasacz Madeleine de Somov
Alexia Popov M/M Dennis Seitz D. Sekella M/M Anthony Dyl
St. Barabara Monastery M/M Nicholas Work M/M Alexander Teshin DN Paul Erickson
James Evangeline Holy Apostles Mission M/M Peter Radjenovich REV David Brum
M/M Paul Kopcha M/M Thomas Kvamme Carmine Donaruma DN David Fabula
Marina Beld Joanna Fortnoy Genvieve Essa M/M Leo Gregory
Alexander Kharitonoff George Ksenick M/M Joseph Duncan Edith Kaplan
St. Herman Orthodox Church Draginja Surbatovich Svetlana Thompson Carolyn Kimberly
M/M Jospeh Merculieff VREV Boris Symeonoff M/M Robert Hughes VREV Ian MacKinnon
M/M David Hooper M/M Hennok Soot M/M Peter Schwalbenburg M/M Johann Morse
George Artemoff M/M Erik Worth REV Daniel Jones Barbara Owens
M/M Richard Jaeger REV John Anderson VREV Eugene Tarris Ivan Pouschine
St. Paul Orthodox Church Theodore Lapp Julia Azrael ARCH Nikolai (Soraich)
Lillian Hasko Kay Buchanan M/M Blair Body REV Paul Waisanen
Nina Hartwell Our Lady of Kazan Skete Sarah Oftedal Nadine Wood
Bill Macrides Helen Kulina M/M Alex Prescop Daniel Sekella
M/M Carl Sechrist Nikola Maslov REV Eric G. Tosi

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[ ] Sustaining Member ($100 per year) [ ] Standard Bearer ($500 per year) [ ] Torch Bearer ($1,000 per year)
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Contribution Plan (Please select one.)


[ ] The full amount of my pledge is enclosed.
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Please make checks payable to the “Diocese of the West” and mail to: The Office of the Chancellor, Diocese of the West c/o St. Paul
Orthodox Church, 5400 Annie Oakley, Las Vegas, NV 89120. THANK YOU!

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Fire Breaks Out at Holy Trinity Cathedral


By Priest Eric G. Tosi
“While Barbara took the little children outside I tried to
do something about the fire, but when I kicked open the
door to the room, the smoke and heat were too horrible.
I joined my son who was trying to save the sacred items
from the main altar (he
managed to evacuate
an amazing number of
holy things)...before
the main church was
filled with smoke... We
Fire Trucks at Holy Trinity expected the whole
The celebration of the Great and Holy Pascha was tem- church and the at-
pered at Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco when a tached rectory to be
fire broke out that morning. It is reported that the fire gone. I didn’t believe
started around 6:00 AM following the Paschal evening the fire could be con-
service. A member of the parish was cleaning the kitchen tained and stopped.”
and bringing items to his car when he noticed flames
shooting out of the basement window. He awoke Fr.
Viktor and his family who called the fire department. See Fire on p. 12 Smoke pours out of Bell Tower

Diocesan Council Holds Spring Meeting


by Erik K. Worth
The Diocesan Council met on Monday May 11th, 1998 at pairs and the continued maintenance of the OCA facilities.
She reported that the next All-American Council meeting is
the Diocesan Office in San Francisco for one of its regular
scheduled for July 1999 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She
quarterly meetings to conduct Diocesan business. His Grace,
Bishop TIKHON presided at the meeting. Bishop TIKHON also indicated that the OCA administration is trying to deal
reflected that there are several problems being addressed with a decline in the reported membership of our parishes.
right now, and that having problems is a sign that we are It is felt that this decline is merely a “paper” decline and not
moving ahead and making progress. He thanked an actual decline in membership, however, it has had a sig-
Archimandrite Nikolai (Soraich), our Chancellor, for the nificant impact on the income of the OCA administration.
many hours spent traveling to over ten different locations in
Mrs. Teshin also related that St. Valdimir’s Seminary has
our Diocese in service the flock over the last few months.reported a lower student entry rate and the OCA is experi-
encing a clergy shortage (even though the Diocese of the
Mrs. Mary Caetta, our Diocesan Treasurer, reported that West is not experiencing this shortage). Fr. Joseph reported
the diocese is financially doing very well right now. She that a study is under way to see how the OCA can increase
indicated that in past years the Diocese has had a diffi- enrollment in the clergy life insurance program. The pro-
cult time meeting its appeal income objectives, however vider needs a higher participation level to make sure the
due to an increased focus on stewardship this year, we plan is secure for the future. Fr. Joseph also reported
have already achieved our 1998 objectives. that the clergy pension plan is healthy.

Mrs. Natalie Teshin and Archpriest Joseph Hirsch re- Archpriest Ian MacKinnon indicated in his report on the
ported on the activities of the Metropolitan Council. Mrs. Las Vegas Mission Deanery that four parishes have trans-
Teshin reported that work is needed on the Chancery ferred into their geographical deanery: Annunciation in
buildings and that a study was initiated to plan for re- See Council on p. 12

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Diocesan Financial Report


by Mary Caetta, Diocesan Treasurer
I welcome this opportunity to present to you one of the four compensated for by additional income. Currently we still
monthly reports submitted to the Diocesan Council. This re- expect an additional $3,000 in stewardship pledges to be forth-
port is called the Year to Date Performance Against Budget. coming.
You will see in the first column the operating income and ex-
pense categories. In the second column, you will see the amount Because of income from the Long Beach Parish mortgage,
we have received or spent in these categories from January 1, we were able to make a lump sum payment to the Mission
1998 through May 28, 1998. The next column lists the bud- Board. We are making headway in repaying the funds bor-
geted amounts that were approved at the last Diocesan As- rowed from the Mission Board to pay for the Patriarchal visit
sembly. The last column shows how much of the budgeted a few years ago.
amount we have received or spent.
The bottom line is that income to date of $171,498.88 versus
The good news is that we have received more from steward- expenses of $154,295.27. I wish to thank those parishes who
ship than was budgeted! It was a great relief to have that promptly sent in their 1997 annual report and membership
added income, since we were running very low at the begin- numbers. This year I even received some via electronic mail!
ning of the year. The added appeal expenses were more than What progress we have made in the last five years.
YTD Performance Against the Budget as of May 28, 1998
Jan-Dec ‘98 Budget % of Budget
Ordinary Income/Expenses
Income
Appeals 16,434.37 15,210.74 108.0%
Chancellor Salary Support 12,500.00 30,000.00 41.7%
DPA 70,662.52 154,000.00 45.9%
HVM Stipend Payments 2,500.00 6,000.00 41.7%
Interest 111.60 130.00 85.8%
Long Beach Parish 10,000.00
Pass Through Income 59,194.39
Saints of America Sales 96.00
Total Income 171,498.88 205,340.74 83.5%
Expenses
Appeal Expenses 1,679.00 1,000.00 167.9%
Bookkeeping 1,250.00 3,000.00 41.7%
Charities 0.00 1,000.00 0.0%
Deaneries 2,500.00 7,200.00 34.7%
Department of Communications 217.41 3,204.00 6.8%
Diocesan Outreach to Refugees 0.00 1,000.00 0.0%
DOW Bishops’ Cemetery Maintenance 0.00 300.00 0.0%
Employee Benefits 4,386.76 11,939.64 36.7%
Gifts 350.00
History & Archives 0.00 100.00 0.0%
Insurance 2,063.00 2,000.00 103.2%
Late Vocations Program Support 0.00 1,000.00 0.0%
Mission Board Repayment 5,940.00 2,256.00 263.3%
Missions 8,335.00 20,000.00 41.7%
Music Department 0.00 1,000.00 0.0%
OCA Liturgical Donation 200.00 200.00 100.0%
Office Supplies and Expenses 369.75 2,800.00 13.2%
Pass Through Expenses 62,190.20
Patriarch Athenogoras Institute 0.00 1,000.00 0.0%
Payroll Expenses 42,510.80 102,025.84 41.7%
Payroll Taxes 1,836.18 4,223.26 43.5%
Personal Assistance Program 0.00 2,000.00 0.0%
Postage 447.24 1,000.00 44.7%
Property Taxes 251.32 500.00 50.3%
Saints of America Booklets 2,991.15
Secretarial Stipend 5,000.00 12,000.00 41.7%
Telephone 1,284.18 3,592.00 35.8%
Travel 8,481.28 16,250.00 52.2%
Unbudgeted Expenses 1,512.00
Workmans Comp. 0.00 750.00 0.0%
Youth 500.00 4,000.00 12.5%
Total Expenses 154,295.27 205,340.74 75.1%
Net Ordinary Income 17,203.61 0.00 100.0%
Net Income 17,203.61 0.00 100.0%

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Diocese Holds Clergy Wives Retreat in Las Vegas


By Matuska Elizabeth Lien
Fourteen clergy wives from throughout the Diocese of Fr. Lawrence’s presentation, “Women and the Salvation
the West gathered in Las Vegas, May 1 through 3, for of the World,” focused upon the role of women through
their first annual retreat. Held the example of the Theotokos.
within the context of the Pas- Her role as protectress was
chal season, the retreat provided highlighted through inspiring
the assembled presenters and readings from various sources.
women an opportunity to be- Mother Cassiana further devel-
come acquainted and to con- oped this theme in her subse-
template their roles in the quent talks. She urged retreat
Church. Archpriest Ian participants to pray the
MacKinnon and Matushka Joan Paraklesis (a canon to the
Rhodes directed the event. It Theotokos) at least weekly.
was clear to all participants that
it was an inspiring event. St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox
Clergy Wives Gather in Las Vegas Church in Las Vegas was
Introductory remarks were made by Fr. Ian concerning gracious host to the clergy wives. Following Great
the role of the Matushka in parish life and his observa- Vespers, Archimandrite Nikolai (Soraich) hosted a dinner
tions from visiting parishes throughout the mission field. for the retreat participants. Sunday Liturgy was observed at
Presentations to the assembled wives were made by St. Paul’s after which the women of the parish hosted a
Mother Cassiana of the Protection of the Holy Virgin brunch. An informal gathering concluded the retreat at the
Orthodox Monastery in Lake George, Colorado and home of Deacon Paul and Julia Erickson.
Priest Lawrence Russell of Annunciation parish in Santa
Maria, California. Many of the participants commented on the spiritual lift
received as the most outstanding feature of the retreat.
Mother Cassiana provided an inspiring view of the role It provided the clergy wives with an opportunity to come
of the Matushka. Using the example of the Theotokos, together to learn to support one another and to share
she highlighted those unique attributes of women in the resources, insights and experiences in our calling to serve
spiritual life. Noting that the life of the Matushka is one God. It was clear that though there are many differences
of service to God, she provided some suggestions for in our parishes, we all face similar challenges. The in-
deepening our understanding of our role as a support to sights shared by the seasoned clergy wives were invalu-
our husband’s priesthood. She urged the Matushki to able for those less experienced. One participant summa-
find ten minutes each day for quiet reflection and prayer. rized the retreat as a “fantastic blessing!” A committee
Her presentation was concluded with a discussion of those was formed to plan the next retreat and it is hoped that
aspects of the spiritual life that maintain growth in Christ. more clergy wives will attend next year.
Gene was the youngest of six children born to The Very
Tarzana Mourns Loss Reverend Theodore and Mary Geeza. Among his four
of Choir Director surviving siblings is His Grace Bishop BORIS (Geeza),
By Nina Kirsanoff retired Bishop of Chicago, now residing in Southern
California. He served as a choir director at St. Innocent
It is with deep regret that we for many years. He was adamant about singing in En-
of St. Innocent Orthodox glish as the Orthodox Church became more fluent. He
Church announces the passing retired as choir director for the third time in 1994, and
of our beloved parishioner, despite his failing eyesight, was looking forward to the
Subdeacon Eugene S. Geeza possibility of directing again.
on May 3, 1998. May His Memory Be Eternal!

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St. Nicholas Church in Portland Consecrated


by Jan Bear

The rite of consecration involved the reception of the saint’s


relics into the church, completion of the building of the altar,
the washing and vesting of the altar and the chrismation of
the walls of the church itself. Immediately following the con-
secration there was a hierachical Divine Liturgy as a fullfillment
of the consecration.

Parishioners did most of the handicrafts in preparation


for the event. The altar and iconostasis were built by
wood craftsman Lee Frazier. The altar is made from
alder, a tree that commonly grows along the stream beds
St. Nicholas Celebrates the New Church in the Northwest. Irene Humphrey sewed the vestments
Parishioners and friends from around the country gath- for the altar. Heather McKean, a nationally known ico-
ered here on June 13 for the consecration of the new St. nographer who has become a member of the parish
Nicholas Church. His Beatitude Metropolitan through her long works on the frescoes of the church,
THEODOSIUS celebrated the Liturgy of consecration has written the Communion of the Apostles, the
in a packed church on Sunday morning, along with 17 Theotokos for the sanctuary and Christ Pantocrator which
priests, 6 deacons, 4 subdeacons and a gaggle of altar will be placed in the central dome of the nave. She will
servers. Priest George Gray is the rector of the 150 also paint the icons for thr iconostasis and the walls.
member parish. Archimandrite Nikolai (Soriach) Chan-
cellor of the Diocese represented His Grace Bishop St. Nicholas parish originated in 1895 when
TIKHON who was prevented from attending due to Archimandrite Sebastion Dabovich, the first Orthodox
medical problems. He sent His archpastoral blessings. priest born in the contentantal United States passed
through on a mission trip from San Francisco to Seattle.
Protopresbyter Robert Kondratick, Chancellor of the He celebrated the Liturgy for 12 Serbs, Aleuts, Arabs
Orthodox Church in America and Priest John Pierce, Dean and Russians. Parishioners later built a small church in
of the Northwest Deanery were among the honored what is now southeast Portland. In the 1920s they bought
guests of local and visiting clergy. Members of the Port- a church in northeast Portland and placed a cupola on
land area Orthodox parishes joined in the celebration as the steeple. This church is now a landmark in that part
well as delegations from Wikeson, Tacoma and Seattle. of town. In 1979, the parish bought land in southwest
Portland and prepared to build a new church. The parish
The $400,000 church which was completed in 1996 was celebrated its first Pascha in the new building in 1996.
designed by Archpriest Alexis Vinogradov of Wappingers
Falls, N.Y. Built to be faithful to traditional Orthodox
architecture and to fit with the design ethos of the Pa-
cific Northwest, it is the first Orthodox church in the
Portland metropolitan area designed and built with spe-
cifically Orthodox architecture. The new church received
an award of excellence from the Portland chapter of the
American Institute of Architects.

The consecration celebration began with Vespers on Fri-


day after which His Beatitude toured with groups of
people throughout the church explaining the symbolism
of the consecration rite that would take place. His Beatitude Consecrates the Altar of St. Nicholas

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St. Innocent Missionary Now, back to the Society. The charter of the Society is the
same as that of its Russian predecessor: namely, prayer,
Society Formed united effort and financial support, in that order. A contem-
porary Orthodox theologian has observed that preaching
by Priest Lawrence Russell Christ is not a “Christian commercial,” it implies love for
those to whom the message is directed, and love means
The Diocese of the West has a new society, one which self-giving, not simply giving something (Witness to the
focuses on missions and missionary labors. The creation World, pg.188). With the help of God, the St. Innocent
of the St. Innocent Mission Society is the latest in a se- Mission Society hopes to provide a greater means for self-
ries of Diocesan decisions to provide greater focus on giving. We hope to bring together greater participation in
Diocesan missions and missionary labors. The society the work of intercessory prayer, a more focused and united
invokes as its patron the sainted 19th century Russian usage of our God-given talents and increased financial re-
missionary to America, Innocent— whose fiery, apos- sources with which to work. Based on the generous re-
tolic love and zeal led him to organize a similar society in sponse at our inaugural membership drive (held at a recent
Russia to respond to growing missionary opportunities. Mission Deanery retreat), it appears that many in our Dio-
cese are looking for just such a vehicle for missionary work.
We will come back to the Society later on. Let us first
briefly address some particulars about our growth and
opportunities. There is no doubt that both our Diocese Beginning this Fall, members of the Diocesan Mission
and our missionary possibilities are growing. Consider Board will be traveling parish to parish with a slide pre-
the following. In just eight years, thanks be to God, the sentation on the work of the Society. The presentation
number of missions has grown from nine to twenty one, will provide you with information about membership,
with an overall increase in the number of parishes and plans for the advancement of the Society’s work, and
institutions in the Diocese of the West of over 25%. This how membership revenues will be expended. We hope
growth happens to correspond with the fact that during you will join us in this God-given task. For those of you
the last fifteen years the population of the ten states in who would like to join, please fill out the enclosed card.
our Diocese has grown, on average, by about 20%.
When, however, we consider that the 20% increase means
one in five Americans, roughly 50,000,000 souls, now I would like to join the St. Innocent Missionary
live in our Diocese, we begin to realize the magnitude of
Society and support the works of the Diocese
our missionary task and responsibility: The harvest truly
is plenteous (Matt.9:37). in the missionary field.

We are now in a historically unique position to gather Levels of Support


the fruits of over two hundred years of apostolic work in
our land. Virtually all objective, preparatory criteria of qCharter Member..................................$2,500
St. Innocent’s program for bringing Orthodoxy to conti- qSustaining Member...................$500 per year
nental America have been or are now being fulfilled (see qSupporting Member..................$250 per year
Alaskan Missionary Spirituality, pg. 251-2). Especially qStudent Member.........................$50 per year
notable is the fact that the Service books (not to mention
the writings and lives of the Saints) are now available in Name:____________________________
their entirety in the English language. While pondering Address:__________________________
this spiritually fruitful and arduous accomplishment, the City:___________State:_____Zip:______
words of another missionary saint came to mind: Na- Phone:___________________________
ked, indeed, are all nations without their own books. Mail to:
Who, being without arms, cannot fight the adversary of St. Innocent Mission Society
our souls and are ripe for the dungeon of eternal tor- P.O. Box 5032
ments (“Prologue to the Gospels,” by St. Cyril, Apostle Santa Maria, CA 93454
to the Slavs). (805)928-7386

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What Do the Color Changes Mean Today, most parishes use White for Holy Pascha and the
Pentecost season. Red is normally used for the Holy
In The Church? Apostles and other Martyrs. Light blue is often used for
By Archpriest Joseph Hirsch feasts of the Holy Theotokos, Green for the Feast of
This will seem like a strange way to begin an answer, but, Pentecost and Sundays following and Dark Blue, Violet,
when my son began Karate lessons, I discovered that there Purple or Black for the Lenten Season. Additionally, Gold
were a number of ranks in the ancient sport, each of which or Red are sometimes used for Autumnal weeks after
was accompanied by its own peculiarly colored belt. The Pentecost while many Greek Churches follow the Ro-
first belt he received was white and these were followed, in man practice of wearing Violet for the pre-Christmas fast
turn, by yellow, green, blue, purple, brown and black. My and some traditions use Red for the Sunday of the Holy
son explained that, while the colors might vary from sport to Cross in Lent and Green for the Sunday of Palms. Bright
sport, they derived from the changes in appearance of a Red or Red and White are also not uncommon usage for
new “white” belt as it is worn over many years. Pascha.

The connection with your question is this: the original In any case, the colors are intended to be evocative of
church vestments worn by clergy were all white. The the theme or mood of the feast or season. White is light,
undergarment or STICHARION was and is, simply, “The Green is life, Red is blood, Violet is mourning, etc. When
Robe of Light” or baptismal robe. Over this, were worn we enter the Temple and see a change in color, it should
the ordinary street clothes of the first through third cen- be one more lure to draw our attention Godward. I might
tury lower social classes. The FELONIAN or PLANETA add the note that every Sunday is a “Little Pascha” and
was a form of “poncho” worn over the head. The that White or at least Bright Vestments are always ap-
DALMATIC or Deacon’s Sticharion (Named for the propriate on Sundays. It is also good to recall that White
wool of the province of Dalmatia from which it was is the original color of all vestments. My son reminded
woven) was a form of TUNIC or large outer shirt, etc. me that the oldest and most venerable teachers of Karate
wear simple white belts. We should also aspire so to pass
We know that special clean clothes of these kinds were through all of the ordeals and trials of this earthly struggle,
kept at the place of worship, so that the Bishop, Presby- that, at the end, our garments (Our spiritual robes) may
ters, Deacons and other ministers could be fastidiously be “White with wear”.
dressed. In time, it seems, these garments would age and
discolor so natural dyes seem to have been used to ren-
der the old gray vestments more seemly. It must be re- Make Your Advertising Count
membered that, for most of Church history, most par-
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festive days and second best sets for lesser feasts. It is
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Missions [cont. from p. 3] Hesperia Recieves Six Into Church


by Priest Michael Spainhoward
an assistant at Holy Cross in Sacramento. Chico now is
served by Fr. Michael Rome. Eureka joined the OCA as
a parish, and Fr. Jonah works with Deacon David Bower
to shepherd the parish. Arcing up from Sonora and Chico
through Eureka brings us to St. Anne’s in Albany OR,
which has been growing solidly for a long time under the
steady care of Fr. Stephen Soot, and to our newest mis-
sion station in Longview, WA. Winner in the ‘farthest
from any other’ category is Salt Lake City, where Or-
thodox roots go back a surprisingly long way, to Serbian
immigrants in the 1860s. The Salt Lake community is
growing, and is looking for a priest. Fr. Michael with the Newly Received Servants of God

The diversity and vitality of our mission communities can For the new rector, Fr. Michael Spainhoward and the faith-
come as somewhat of a surprise to many in the Diocese. ful of St. George the Great Martyr Church in Hesparia, CA,
In February of 1998, the Mission Board received Bishop Palm Sunday this year was quite special. This small mission
TIKHON’s blessing to found the St. Innocent Mission in the high desert of California celebrated not only the Feast
Society, which helps our people get more involved in the of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem, but also the en-
work of the missions. Missions mean growing the Dio- trance of six people into the Church through the Holy Mys-
cese and everyone has a stake in this labor and its suc- teries of Baptism and Chrismation.
cesses. The society aims to keep people aware of what
is happening in the missions so that they can understand, Basil and Debra Thomas along with their two daughters
appreciate and support the work being done. The most Ann and Bethany first came to St. George out of their
important way to support this work, as St. Innocent him- desire to offer to God their family’s love and happiness.
self said in founding the prototype mission society in Russia They wanted to honor the faith of Debra’s parents who
130 years ago, is to pray for the success of the missions. are Orthodox. Innocent and Irene Campbell, who drive
It is hard and often enough discouraging work—Our Lord nearly an hour to attend Church, came to Orthodoxy from
himself had surprisingly little success (as St. Innocent a Protestant Evangelical background. They were seek-
points out)—but it is the work the Church is sent to do. ing, as so many have, the faith of the Fathers.

If you would like to know more about the missions, The procession around the baptismal font was a won-
or the St. Innocent Society, please drop a line to St. derful experience with the priest, the newly illuminated,
Innocent Mission Society at P.O. Box 5032, Santa and their sponsors forming a complete circle. The words
Maria, CA 93454, or call Fr. Lawrence at (805) 928 of the hymn, “As many as have been baptized into Christ
7386. You can also email Fr. Lawrence at have put on Christ. Alleluia.” took on a new meaning
sped@www.sbceo.k12.ca.us, or Peter Schwalbenberg for the faithful who witnessed, with many tears in their
at lershov@wco.com. Please do keep the missions eyes, this singular event in the life of a mission. May
in your prayers daily. God Grant Them Many Years!

The 1998 Annual Diocesan Assembly and Retr eat


Retreat
will be held on TTuesday
uesday
uesday,, September 22 to Friday
Friday,, September 25
at the Menucha Retr eat and Confer
Retreat ence Center outside of Por
Conference tland, Or
Portland, egon
Oregon
Contact the Chancellor
Chancellor’’s Of fice at (702) 898-4800 for details.
Office

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Fire [cont. from p. 5] Council [cont. from p. 5]


By 7:15 AM the fire department had managed to put the Santa Maria, CA; St. George in Hesperia, CA; Annun-
fire out. In the process they had to break all the doors ciation in Milwaukie, OR; and Holy Apostles in Port-
and many of the original 1909 stain glass windows. Ap- land, OR. He stated that it is the natural progression for
parently they came just in time as the old all-wooden a mission parish in the Missions Deanery to develop to
structure was ready to be engulfed in flames. Specialists the point where it joins its sister parishes in the geographi-
cal deanery where it resides. Fr. Ian reported that Mis-
have testified that literally 2 minutes later the flames would
have covered the remaining structure. If that had happened, sion Deanery held a successful Deanery Retreat in Boul-
the entire block would have been in jeopardy not just the der City, NV with over forty-five clergy and faithful in
church. attendance. In addition, Fr. Ian related the success of
their first Clergy Wives Retreat held in Boulder City, NV
Details of the fire are still sketchy. It apparently started on May 1-3 with fifteen clergy wives in attendance.
in a small room adjacent to the altar. The room had been
used as a chapel many years ago but was recently con- Archpriest Michael Regan highlighted two areas of con-
verted to a meeting room and storage of liturgical items. cern in his report on the Pacific Central Deanery: (1) the
Many of the church’s older and special items were stored Fire at Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco, and (2)
there. Sources confirm that there were neither flammable the status of the members of the SS. Peter and Paul
items nor electrical cords in the area that could have Antiochian parish (about 350 people) attending at St.
started the fire. There is some concern by the authorities Nicholas Orthodox Church in Saratoga, CA.
that the fire may have been arson and some one was seen
walking away from the church just before the fire was Fr. Michael reported that the situation at Ben Lomand is
noticed. Authorities have called in specialists to investi- delicate and stressful. His Grace Bishop TIKHON in-
gate. formed the council on measures taken to address this
situation and indicated that it was being resolved at the
Initial estimates put the damage at $200,000, however highest levels in the OCA and Antiochian Church admin-
considering all repair work for the building close to istrations. Fr. Gregory Safchuk indicated in his report on
$500,000 may be needed to spent. The cathedral did the Pacific Southwest Deanery that the two parishes
have adequate insurance which may cover a large por- brought into the deanery have become a catalyst instill-
tion of those repairs. In conjunction with this tragedy, ing new energy into the deanery.
there was a benefit dinner on June 14 at St. Nicholas
Antiochian Orthodox Church in San Francisco to raise Fr. John Pierce indicated in his report on the Pacific North-
money for the repairs. west Deanery that they are experiencing growth in the
Northwest. The two additional parishes in Oregon (An-
Fr. Viktor states thankfully, “But God was merciful to nunciation in Milwaukee and Holy Apostles in Portland)
us, and the cathedral survived. We lost the space under have increased the deanery from three to five parishes.
it. Everything is covered with blackness. Our bookstore All of the parishes are either renovating, building or land-
is gone and all items in our gift store are useless…But scaping. In addition, the deanery parishes are support-
we are all alive, as is our beloved cathedral…the next ing a few young missions.
day we sang the Paschal Vespers and the church was as
full as it is usually on Sundays. With tears we praised the Archpriest Joseph Hirch indicated in his report on the
Resurrection and salvation.” Rocky Mountain Deanery that the deanery is a healthy
area within the diocese. The deanery has a good sum-
mer camp, holds a series of youth and adult retreats and
If you are interested in helping Holy activities, and other activities throughout the year. His
Trinity Cathedral with repairs, please Grace Bishop TIKHON encouraged the Diocesan Coun-
contact Priest Viktor Sokolov at cil members to promote the July 4th celebration at Fort
(415)673-8565 Ross. The next Diocesan Council meeting is scheduled
for August 21st at the Diocesan facility in San Francisco.

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Exhortation to a New Priest by His Grace TIKHON, Bishop of the Aleutian Islands and Nor
Exhortation th America (the futur
North futuree
Saint and Patriarch of All Russia) at Holy TTrinity
Patriarch rinity Cathedral in San Francisco on April 9, 1900.
I greet you, beloved brother, on receiving the grace of the priest- other than there is in oneself. Therefore, in order to make your
hood. When our souls come in contact with Divine Grace, our usual ministry successful, you must above all see to your own enlighten-
hardness is softened, as wax before a flame. Since, I believe, your ment and purification. The Most Holy Chief Shepherd, Christ Him-
soul is also experiencing the same at this sacred and unique moment self, spent forty days in the desert fasting and praying before begin-
in your life, I shall take advantage of this opportunity to exhort you ning His ministry to mankind. Thus, looking upon the Chief Shep-
concerning your new ministry. herd, all true Christian pastors began their ministry with the act of
inner self-perfection.
....Your flock is composed of Arabs, Greeks and Slavs. For many
years they managed without a priest. Having come here in search of Now, through the laying on of my unworthy hands, Divine grace
a living, of their daily bread, perhaps they ponder little over the has descended upon you. May it not be in vain (I Cor. 15:10)!
Bread of Heaven, the one thing needful (Lk. Quench not the Spirit which you have received
10:42). Because of this their hearts have in- (I Thess. 5:19), but kindle it in every way (II
evitably become hardened. And when they Tim. 1:6). I shall tell you in brief some means
were given spiritual comfort in the person of a to this end. First of all, prayer. As our bodies
priest, their hearts were perhaps not sufficiently cannot live without air, so our souls cannot
touched by the sacred flame and did not burn live without the breath of the Almighty, with-
with love for the Divine. They know that Di- out Divine Grace; and grace is best drawn to
vine Wisdom has built itself a house amongst man through fervent prayer to God. St. John
them, too, and sacrificed itself and prepared a Climacus, whom we commemorate today, calls
feast, but we must call them by the way and at prayer the intercession for the gifts of grace.
the gates and from the tops of the high places Prayer is the food, power, and strength of the
(Prov. 8:2-3); call them to forsake the foolish soul; the air, the light, the life-giving warmth,
(Prov. 9:6) and to prefer the knowledge of the and heavenly rain which freshens and fertil-
divine to pure gold (Prov. 8:19). Well, shall we izes our souls. In a word, without prayer there
be burdened by this? After all, we are but ser- cannot be real spiritual life, and if prayer is nec-
vants of Wisdom which sends us out for this essary for every believer, how much more so is
purpose. For this It is sending you now. There- it for a priest who is there to offer prayers to
fore, preach not only to those who thirst, but God for himself and for the people (Heb. 5:3).
try to find those who are not seeking you, re- That is why you must pray constantly. Do not
veal yourself to those who do not ask for it, limit yourself to public services, but in the cell
and stretch your arms to the rebellious and dis- of your home, in quiet and solitude, warm and
obedient (Is. 65:1-2). Others have compassed sea and land to make cleanse your soul with prayer to God.
one proselyte (Mt. 23:15). Hurry to help, and try to persuade all
those who are cold towards their Mother, the Holy Orthodox Church. In order to kindle in yourself Divine Grace make it a practice to read
the Holy Scripture. For the Word of God is a hammer that breaks up
What I have said so far refers to your future external work. But do and softens our stony hearts; it is fire that burns out sinful impuri-
not think that you can limit yourself to this. The external may be ties and warms our cold hearts (Jer. 23:29). It is profitable for
sufficient in other vocations, but never in the priesthood, although doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteous-
there are some pastors who devote themselves wholly to external ness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished
works. Beloved brother, did you ever take note of the Saviour’s unto all good works (II Tim. 3:16-17). Therefore study the law of
words: Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not the Lord...day and night (Ps. 1:2). Make it your rule to read the
prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? Word of God daily, and read it with reverent attention. Then what
and...done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto seemed to you long ago evident, what earlier did not impress you
them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Matt. greatly, will acquire suddenly a new and great meaning and signifi-
7:22-23). Is it possible to be a pastor, preach Christ, work wonders cance; it will seem to you that you are hearing it for the first time;
in his Name, and yet not be recognized by the Lord? Yes, it is! Fear your soul will be stirred and your heart will be filled with peace,
this, lest it be your lot! Remember that the success of ministry de- happiness and compunction.
pends not so much upon external works as upon spiritual exploits
and the life of grace of the pastor himself. A priest can be a builder There is much else I could tell you, but perhaps you are now too
of souls and their guide to Christ only if he builds himself up spiritu- weary to absorb it all. Instead, take the Hierarchical Instructions to
ally and conscientiously follows the path of Christian self-perfec- a Newly-Ordained Priest, and by reading it, edify and affirm yourself
tion. Indeed, it cannot be otherwise, for such is the law of spiritual in salvation! And I shall pray to the Lord to make you a good pastor,
life. It is necessary, says St. Gregory Nazianzus, first of all to purify “rightly directing the word of truth.”
oneself, and only then purify others; to gain wisdom and then instill
wisdom; to become the light and then illumine. An elder experi- Translated from Russian and first published in the Holy Trinity Cathedral LIFE,
enced in spiritual life once said: one cannot do more good to an- Vol. 1, No. 8, April 1994

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