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Abbot of New York’s Orthodox monastery to visit Belarus


25.01.2013 17:51

MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) – Schema-Archimandrite Joachim (Parr), Abbot of St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Monastery in New York, will pay a visit to Minsk on 26-31 January, BelTA learned from St. Elisabeth Convent.

The Schema-Archimandrite is expected to attend divine services in St. Elisabeth Convent and meet with believers.

According to St. Elisabeth Convent, St. Mary of Egypt Monastery in New York is a monastic community of the Moscow Patriarchate in the United States. It was established at the Mercy House founded in 1993 in Lower Manhattan. The community was organized by hieromonk Joachim (Parr) whose primary goal was to serve the needs of the inner-city poor. In 1995 the community opened a small chapel for a wide range of divine services. In 2008 the community bought a land plot in Treadwell, New York, and founded the Savior’s Desert Monastery.

The Abbot was born in 1936 in a Catholic family from Great Britain. At the age of 18 he took monastic vows in the Benedictine Order. In 1950s he served as a missionary in Calcutta. He read lectures in atholic schools in Brazil and the USA. Under the influence of St. John the Shanghai, Joachim (Parr) turned to the Orthodox church. In 1970s he lived in St. Elias Skete on Mount Athos.

In early 2000 Joachim (Parr) was in charge of foreign affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). He was an ardent advocate of ROCOR’s reunion with the Moscow Patriarchate. In 2001 his monastery was included in the Patriarchal Parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in the United States.
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