On January 9, 2009, His Grace Bishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada ordained to the diaconate Andrew Doubleday at Holy Trinity Monastery.
We wish the newly ordained deacon many years and a fruitful service to the Church.
On January 11, 2009, Priest Rodion Aragon from Costa Rica reposed in the Lord after battling with cancer of the stomach for many months.
In the period of time he spent at Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary he gained the love and respect of all. His kindness, willingness to help, humility and positive outlook even amidst suffering was an example to all of us.
We wish Gods help to his Matushka Elena and son Arsenii and the faithful in Costa Rica for their loss of a loving father. May God grant rest to his soul.
On the occasion of the second anniversary of the repose of Metropolitan Laurus we offer to his many spiritual children a photographic memorial of our beloved father as we all remember him - a true servant of the Church of Christ and a loving Father.
On the feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, His Grace Bishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada served at Holy Trinity Monastery. Monk Theophan of Holy Trinity Monastery was made a subdeacon. May God help him to worthily serve the Church.
The first issue of the Holy Trinity Seminary Journal "Troitskoe
Nasledie" has recently appeared. It is a quarterly edition in
full-color with volume of 80 pages. This journal is in Russian.For more
information in Russian, please visit www.hts.edu/nasledie.
From June 27 to July 17, 2010, Holy Trinity Monastery conducted the summer youth program for the second year since its reinstatement. Nine boys ages fourteen to seventeen participated, which was a larger group than the previous year. They came from both nearby New York and New Jersey, and from far and wide, including Virginia, Michigan, Colorado, and Ontario, Canada. They lived at Holy Trinity Monastery for three weeks, keeping a schedule similar to that of seminarians. They prayed with the monastic brotherhood daily, served in the altar, shared common meals, and helped at various monastery obediences. In addition, there was time for play, with sports, swimming, and official outings such as a trip to underground caves and a ride on a historic railroad. The boys had the opportunity to become familiar with the members of the monastic brotherhood. They listened to stories about several of the notable monks who have reposed, as told by Protodeacon Victor Lochmatow, who knew them all personally. The boys participated in discussions and lectures daily about spiritual, moral, and practical topics relevant to their lives. These were led by visiting white clergy and monastic clergy from the monastery. In spite of somewhat different cultural backgrounds, and the fact that most of these boys had never met each other before, the group was united by a desire to be at Holy Trinity Monastery, and by their common faith. They made a manly effort to keep the schedule and did diligent work. Members of the brotherhood had only positive comments about their willingness to work and their good behavior in the altar. The boys themselves commented positively about the program, and expressed a desire to return next year.
On Saturday at 3PM a pannykhida was served in memory of Br. Joseph, the keeper of the Iveron myrrh streaming icon, who was murdered in 2007.
His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion served vigil and all with much reverence and joy venerated the myrrstreaming icon of the Mother of God from Hawai.
On Sunday His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion ordained Hierodeacon Gabriel to the priesthood for the needs of the monastery. At the end of the Liturgy His Eminence congratulated the Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery, Archimandrite Luke on his name's day and wished him much strength and wisdom to continue his difficult duties as Abbot. He congragulated the newly ordained Hieromonk Gabriel and thanked God for the blessing of having the myrrhstreaming icon of the mother of God visit the monastery on the anniversary of the death of Br. Joseph. This icon from Hawai by God's providence began to stream myrrh a number of years ago and has since been a comfort and support to those who turn to the Mother of God in faith and humility.
At 2:30PM a video was shown about the life of the Priest Daniel Sysoev and at the end his wife Julia answered questions about her husband.
Another Pannykhida was served after the video presentation at the graveside of Br. Joseph after which the pilgrims from Washington departed.
We thank God for such blessings to visit our monastery.
The sisters prepared a festive breakfast at their Skete for the Abbot and women attending the service.
Crypt of Metropolitan Philaret