Second Oregon community received into Orthodoxy
POKROV NOTE: This article appeared in the April/May, 1996, issue of The Orthodox Church.
PORTLAND, OR – With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Tikhon of San Francisco and the West, Archimandrite Nicholas [Soraich] recently received a second Oregon community into the Orthodox Church.
As reported in the December 1995 TOC, Bishop Tikhon had received over 150 people into the Orthodox Church in September. The community, now known as the Church of the Annunciation, is located in Milwaukie, OR.
Those recently received into the Church serve as the nucleus of Holy Apostles Mission, Portland.
In December, Bishop Tikhon ordained Nicholas Letten and Michael Isenberg to the priesthood and diaconate respectively at Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral, Los Angeles. Father Letten and Deacon Isenberg, who guided the community into the Orthodox Church, are serving the new mission.
“The Portland community is smaller than the one in Milwaukie, but it is no less significant in the life of the Church,” says Bishop Tikhon, who adds that members of Holy Apostles originally had approached him at the same time as the Milwaukie community but desired more time to pray and reflect on their move into the Orthodox Church.
“Many in the community wanted further clarification on a number of faith-related issues and sought the guidance of Saint John of San Francisco,” adds Bishop Tikhon.