Six communities received into Diocese of the West

Author: Fr. Eric Tosi
Date Published: 01/01/2001

POKROV NOTE: This article appeared in the Jan/Feb 2001 issue of ”The Orthodox Church.”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — On November 18, 2000, his Grace Bishop Tikhon of San Francisco and the West received six new communities into canonical Orthodoxy.

Members of the communities and their clergy were received after careful examination by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius, the Holy Synod of bishops, and diocesan authorities. The clergy were ordained and the faithful were chrismated during a series of Hierarchical Liturgies celebrated by Bishop Tikhon, assisted by Archimandrite Nikolai [Soraich], Chancellor of the Diocese of the West, and other clergy and faithful in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The new communities span a vast area of the Diocese. Parishes received into canonical Orthodoxy and clergy ordained to pastor them include Saint John the Evangelist Mission, Scottsdale, AZ, the Rev. Damian Koult; the Joy of All Who Sorrow Mission, Culver City, CA, the Rev. John Tomasi; Saint Herman of Alaska Mission, Port Townsend, WA, the Rev. Nicholas Kime; Saint John of Kronstadt Mission, Reno, NV, the Rev. Hilarion Frakes; the Synaxis of the Theotokos Mission, San Francisco, CA, the Rev. Thomas Alessondroni; and the Chapel of the Archangel Michael, the Rev. David Lowell. The chapel is located at Raphael House, a family shelter in central San Francisco.

Each of the communities brings a new and dynamic vision to the continuing growth of Orthodox Christianity in the West. It is exciting to have them as a part of the Orthodox Church in America after their long search to find a home. We welcome them home and ask God to grant them Many Years!