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The Elevation of the Honorable Cross Marks the Completion of a Capital Remodel, St Seraphim of Sarov Church, Boise, Idaho - 11/11/19

In June of this year the parish of St Seraphim began a building project to raise the roof of its church.  This project was expected to take 8-10 weeks. However, after removing the old roof, we found that the walls needed to be replaced as well. This situation resulted in the reconstruction of nearly the entire building.  Finally 5 months later, as we near the completion of our construction, we were able to bless the cross and raise it to the top of the new roof...

The Consecration of His Grace Bishop James of Sonora - 11/11/19

On November 6, 2019, Bishops, clergy and faithful of various Orthodox jurisdictions gathered in San Francisco, California, to celebrate the Patronal Feast of the Diocesan Cathedral of the Western American Diocese in honor of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Joy of All Who Sorrow.”

The solemnity of the Feast was especially auspicious as on this day a new auxiliary bishop of Western American Diocese was consecrated – His Grace Bishop James (Corazza) of Sonora.

Video Recording of the Nomination Speech of Archimandrite James (Corazza) Bishop-elect of Sonora - 11/11/19

On November 5th, 2019, the eve of the Patronal Feast of Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco (Western American Diocese), the Rite of Nomination was performed for Archimandrite James, Bishop-elect of Sonora. 

Bishop James' Nomination Speech is below.

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The Annual Saint Herman's West Youth Conference is slated in Los Angeles from December 26th to 30th, 2019
Icon-painting contest to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Church Abroad
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Patriarch Kirill Congratulates Archbishop Kyrill with His 65th Birthday - 11/22/19

On November 21st, 2019, His Holiness KIRILL Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia congratulated His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Fransciso and Western America with his 65th Birthday. Below is a translation of the Patriarch's letter.

Exhortation to Bishop James Upon Receiving the Crozier - 11/13/19

Your Grace, Bishop James!

This day, through the laying on of hands, you have received the Grace of the Holy Episcopacy. You have been summoned to the highest office of Holy Mother Church...

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