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Father Anthony Bryant
Father Anthony Bryant
RWRV Website Announcement
For many in ROCOR's Western Rite, this website has been the go to source for news, commentary and information about the goings-on in the Western Rite Communities. It has been a labor of love of Father Anthony Bryant of St. Katherine of Alexandria Orthodox Church in Pelion, South Carolina. His work and administration here has been pivotal to how the world perceives the Western Rite Communities.
Father Anthony is now pouring himself into other endeavors that require his formidable talents and attention to detail. To facilitate this, Father Anthony has asked that the administration of the website be continued by Father Benedict Simpson of the Monastery of the Glorious Ascension in Resaca, Georgia.
We all wish to offer a heartfelt thank you for all of Father Anthony's work and the dedication of his time, labor and talents for the past several years on making this website what it is today. We hope to continue with the legacy that he has left for us and to continue the good work that he has put into motion with God's help. Thank you, Father Anthony!
The Wonderworker - Premiere Issue
Click here to download the Wonderworker Newsletter
The Metropolitan blessed the premiere issue of 'The Wonderworker'. We are looking at four issues per year ( approx. quarterly).
Thanks to those who sent in news and parish life accounts. We will be collecting these continuously, so please continue to send in parish milestones, Baptisms, etc.
Articles may also be sent in for submission (subject to review and approval) at any time.
Thanks so much to Fr Benedict Simpson for putting up with my constant changes and 'ideas' to make this possible.
The goal is to use this within the parishes as well as an evangelical tool for those seeking Holy Orthodoxy through the WR Communities. Parishes/Clergy may print off as many copies as they need for their individual/specific uses.
ROCOR WR Conference Agenda - 2015
With the blessing of His Emimence, Metropolitan Hilarion, the agenda has been assembled by our Dean, Fr. Mark Rowe. For details, please the link below:
ROCOR WR Conference Agenda for 2015
Please keep the ROCOR WR Communities in your daily prayers, and continue to pray that we may grow both in grace and numbers.
Metropolitan Hilarion Visits Holy Cross Orthodox Church
Metropolitan Hilarion visited Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23, 2015. There were thirty-two in attendance at Solemn Vespers on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning his Eminence was welcomed at the door with bread and salt. After Solemn Matins, a Solemn Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist was celebrated according to the Liturgy of St. Tikhon, with Metropolitan Hilarion assisting pontifically (Missa coram episcopo) from the throne, ordaining Readers and Subdeacons, preaching, and administering the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The church was full, with an overflow into the parish hall. A catered luncheon followed the Liturgy. It was an unforgettable episcopal visit.
Ordination - Deacon John Pachucki
On Thursday, June 18, the Feast of the Hieromartyr Dorotheos, His Eminence ,Metropolitan Hilarion ordained Subdeacon John Pachucki from Christ the King Parish, Tullytown PA to the Diaconate at the Synodal Church of St Sergius of Radonezh . Axios !
New Ordination - Fr. Brendan Dougherty
On Thursday, May 28 on the Feast of St Pachomius, Father Brendan Dougherty was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood by His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion. Father Brendan was ordained the previous day to the Diaconate by His Eminence. The ordination took place at the Monastery of St Sabbas the Sanctified (ROCOR) , Harper Woods, MI. It was cause for great celebration not only due to the ordinations, but also as the patronal feast day of the Abbot, Archimandrite Pachomius.
Clergy in attendance in addition to the Metropolitan and Archimandrite Pachomy were Father Mark Rowe, Dean of the WR Communities; Archimandrite Maximos Weimar, Abbot, Brotherhood of the Holy Cross, Setauket, NY ; Father Patrick Lowery , Christ the Saviour Parish, MI, Hieromonk Tikhon Gayfudinov, Synod Cleric/ Cell Attendant to the Metropolitan; Hieromonk Zosimas, Synod Cleric / Brotherhood of the Holy Cross, Setauket, NY ; Hierodeacon Dionysius, Brotherhood of the Holy Cross, Setauket, NY .
Father Brendan will be attached to the WR Parish of Christ the Saviour in Michigan under the Rector , Father Patrick Lowery.
Join me in offering your prayers, fellowship and support to our newest Priest, Fr Brendan and his Matushka, Mary. They are lovely people. It was a blessed day !
Axios ! Axios ! Axios !
New Ordination - Subdeacon Joseph Burt Weigen
Axios! Axios! Axios!
We are blessed to announce the ordination of Joseph Burt Weigen to the rank of Subdeacon on May 13, 2015. Sdcn. Joseph is assigned to the clergy ranks of Christ the Saviour Monastery in Niagara Falls, NY. May God grant him many years!
Click here to see the details of the ordination.
Ordinations - Fr. Nicholas and Fr. Matthias
Axios! Axios! Axios!
We are blessed to announced the ordinations of Deacon Nicholas Poulin and to the rank of Priest on May 13, 2015, and of Deacon Matthias Brookes to the rank of Priest on May 14, 2015. Both are assigned to the Orthodox Mission to Maine. May God grant them many years!
Click here for details of Fr. Nicholas' ordination.
Click here for details of Fr. Matthias' ordination.
New Western Rite Mission - Saint Mary the Virgin
With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, we have established Saint Mary the Virgin Orthodox Mission in Madison, GA. Fr. Irenaeus Scott Watson is the Rector now that he has completed his duties in Putnam Valley, NY. Here's a link to their new Parish listing:
Click here to view the details of the decree.
New Western Rite Mission - Saint Patrick's
With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, we have established Saint Patrick Orthodox Mission. Fr. Mark Rowe will serve as the Priest in Charge, and the local contact is Mr. Gregory Myers. Here's a link to their new Parish listing:
Click here for details of the decree.
Newly Illumined - Matthias and Susan
On Sunday, May 3, 2015 on the Fourth Sunday after Pascha - Feast of the Paralytic, Miles Brookes and his wife Susan were received into Holy Orthodoxy. Miles was received by Baptism and Chrismation, and has taken the name Matthias. His Wife, Susan, was received by Chrismation.
Officiating were the Clergy of St Stephens Orthodox Church in Oakland, Maine- (WR ROCOR) Fr Ceraphim Mitchell, Fr Deacon Nicholas Poulin and Fr Deacon Abraham Fortier.
Matthias was an Anglican clergyman for over 30 years, and has been blessed for ordination for service to the ROCOR Wr Communities by His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion at the Synodal Church of St Sergius of Radonezh in May.
Many years to the newly-illumined Matthias and Susan!
England Western Rite Administrative Changes
Per a decree from His Eminenence, Metropolitan Hilarion, all Western Rite parishes in England will now be subject to the Dean of North American, Fr. Mark Rowe.
Click here to see the Decree from the Metropolitan.