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Orthodox LIFE School - 07/14/17

With His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin’s blessing and holy prayers, we were able to run an “Orthodox LIFE School” at the Monastery of St. John in Manton, CA, on June 12-17, 2017. We had twelve participants of ages 17-35 from various jurisdictions and parishes. The school staff consisted of Fr. Innocent (Green), Fr. Theodor Svane, Fr. Andreas Blom, Matushka Hanne Svane and Carol-Elizabeth Thong. A typical day for the student started at 6.00 am with a wakeup call to prayer. At 7.00 we gathered at the monastery church for a morning service (either Matins or Divine Liturgy). After the morning service we ate breakfast together, while listening to a spiritual reading (during this week the reading was from “The Benedict Option” by Rod Dreher).

After breakfast we had three hours of lectures by a featured speaker. Our speakers this year were His Grace Bishop Daniel (Brum), Mother Melania, Hieromonk Innocent and Archpriest Phillip Tolbert. The topics were intentionally arranged to progress from the inner life to the other life - to “know God and to make Him known.”

Archbishop Benjamin Leads Ft. Ross Pilgrimage - 07/06/17

His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin led clergy and faithful from all over the Bay Area in the annual Fourth of July pilgrimage to historic Fort Ross. A choir of young women led the singing of the responses at the hierarchical divine liturgy. Following the reading of the Holy Gospel, His Eminence preached on the power of daily prayer to impact our ability to forgive individuals that we might struggle with. After the Divine Liturgy, clergy and faithful went in procession to the cemetary and prayed for those buried there from the 19th century Russian settlement. Afterwards, all enjoyed a picnic lunch and the singing of patriotic songs led by campers from St. Eugene’s Camp.

Fort Ross was a settlement of the Russian-American Company in the early 19th century and was the southernmost outpost of the Russian Empire on this continent. The Fort’s chapel is the oldest Orthodox house of prayer in what is now the lower forty-eight. The settlement is now a popular State park. Initial interest in preserving this historic site came from the hierarchs of our diocese. During his visit, probably in 1891, Bishop Vladimir made a proposal to owner George Call to purchase the old chapel and the cemetery with the intent of safeguarding them from deterioration. Nothing came of this offer. During his pilgrimage in March, 1897 Bishop Nikolai also tried to obtain the chapel and cemetery of Fort Ross, but his efforts, too, came to naught. But citizen, church, and governmental initiatives eventually bore fruit to preserve this important place in our state and church history.

V. Gorbik Master class in Los Angeles -- UPDATED! - 05/24/17


 August 22-24, 2017 -- Vladimir Gorbik, eminent conductor and Orthodox church choirmaster from Moscow will offer 3 days of his inimitable instruction in the performance and interpretation of Orthodox sacred choral music. 

The August 1 discounted registration deadline is fast approaching! Only 3 week remain to save $50!

You may register using this link:

A limited number of positions for conductors is still available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hope to see you there. Invite your choir members, clergy, and colleagues. 

Don’t miss Vladimir Gorbik’s first master class in So. California! 

Questions: Please write to
-Vladimir Morosan


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