California: Bishop George visited St. Simeon Verkhotursky Church in Calistoga and St. Herman’s Monastery in Platina
With the blessing of His Eminence Kyrill, Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America, His Grace George, Bishop of Mayfield, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. Simeon Verkhotursky Church in Calistoga, CA.
His Grace was co-served by parish rector Priest Joakim Provatakis and Deacon Brendan Doss (cleric of Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco, CA – OCA). The Liturgy was beautifully sung by nuns from the neighboring Holy Assumption Convent (OCA), located two blocks from the church.
After the Liturgy, the nuns invited His Grace and all of the worshippers to their convent for a luncheon, which was served in the refectory and in the convent’s picturesque garden.
On Tuesday, July 5, His Grace continued his pilgrimage to the holy sites of California, and visited St. Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, CA, where he was greeted by the monastery’s abbot, Hieromonk Hilarion. The monastery was founded by Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose) and his co-laborer, Fr. Herman (Podmoshenky), in the untamed reaches of northern California, far from the gaze of passersby.
Fr. Hilarion gave Bishop George a tour of the monastery and showed His Grace the cell and grave of Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose), a famous ascetic and author of spiritual books, which had a deep impact on the development of Orthodoxy in America. Prior to departing from Platina, Bishop George paid a visit to the ailing Fr. Herman (Podmoshenky).