A fuller report on this extraordinary decision between the
Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Church Abroad
to build a joint monastery.
An Agreement Between the Russian Orthodox Church
Outside of Russia and the Moscow Patriarchate on the
Joint Construction in Beslan of a Monastery and
Rehabilitation Center is Signed
(A Russian Version is herehttp://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/01newstucture/pagesru/novosti2005/mpbeslan.html
On March 10, 2005, at the Patriarchal Residence on
Chisty pereulok, an agreement was signed between the
Stavropol and Vladikavkaz Diocese of the Russian
Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate and the
Diocese of Berlin and Germany of the Russian Orthodox
Church Outside of Russia on the joint construction of
Epiphany Convent in Beslan (Northern Ossetia/Alania).
A therapeutic and trauma center will be built at the
convent as well.
In the presence of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of
Moscow and All Russia, this agreement was signed by
His Grace Bishop Feofan of Stavropol and Vladikavkaz
and His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and
Germany. Also participating in the event were Chairman
for the Chancellery of the Moscow Patriarchate,
Metropolitan Kliment of Kaluga and Borovsk; Secretary
of the Department of External Church Affairs,
Protopriest Nikolai Balashov; and clergymen of the
German Diocese of the Russian Church Abroad,
Protopriest Nikolai Artemoff and Deacon Andrei Sikoev.
Upon signing the documents, His Grace Bishop Feofan
thankfully noted that the Diocese of Berlin and
Germany of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of
Russia did not hesitate to respond to the tragedy in
Beslan. "Even before the hostage crisis in Northern
Ossetia was resolved in such a dramatic fashion, the
parishes of the Church Abroad began to collect funds
to help the people of Beslan, and medications were
sent to Ossetia. The tragedy left terrible scars: the
pain mothers whose children died endure continues
unabated, many of those who survived are in need of
further treatment. We decided to build a children's
rehabilitation center, and work has already begun. The
premises of Epiphany Convent have been renovated,
where a medical clinic will be established, and we are
collecting funds for construction.
The hospital will be the first rehabilitation center
in Northern Ossetia specializing in treating those who
suffered from the Beslan tragedy.
Today we ask the blessing of the President of the
Russian Orthodox Church for this God-pleasing effort."
His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin, in turn,
stressed: "The manifestation of this project bears
witness to our common desire to bring the light of
Orthodoxy to the people. I think that this is a
significant step in our rapprochement to the glory of
God, for the good of the Church."
In his address before the signing ceremony, His
Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia
noted that this evil terrorist act, committed in the
Beslan school on the first day of the school year,
resounded painfully in the hearts not only of those
living in Beslan and Russia, but also in the hearts of
those who lived far outside the borders of the
country. The President of the Russian Orthodox Church
expressed gratitude to Vladyka Mark that he and the
diocese he heads, during the very first days of the
tragedy responded not only in word but in deed to the
sorrow of the people of Northern Ossetia.
"The Orthodox Christians of Western Europe to this day
continue to help the residents of Northern Ossetia; in
part, a decision was made on the participation of the
Diocese of Berlin and Germany of the Russian Orthodox
Church Outside of Russia in the construction of a
rehabilitation center, where those who suffered from
this terrorist act can be helped overcome the
psychosomatic effects of the trauma they endured.
"I wish once more to thank the clergymen and laity of
the Church Abroad for earnestly responding, with all
their hearts, to the tragic events in Beslan" said His
Holiness Patriarch Alexy.
"It must be noted that this is the second joint action
by the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox
Church Outside of Russia. Over the course of seven
months, the holy relics of Martyrs Grand Duchess
Elizaveta Feodorovna and Nun Varvara were in our
country, visiting over 60 diocese and over 140 cities.
In many cities, a smaller reliquary was taken even to
the remotest churches, far from their cathedral
cities. For all the Orthodox Christians in our
Fatherland, the travels of these relics proved to be
of moral and spiritual support," noted the Head of the
Russian Orthodox Church.
Now the Stavropol Diocese of the Moscow Patriarchate
is working with the Diocese of Germany and Berlin of
the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in
helping the people of Beslan who suffered from the
inhuman terrorist act, who are burdened with their
memories of the tragic days of September 2004.
"I express heartfelt thanks to Vladyka Mark for his
participation in the transporting to the Fatherland of
the holy relics of SS Elizaveta and Varvara and in the
construction project of the rehabilitation center in
Beslan," said His Holiness Patriarch Alexy in
Communications Department of the DECA/MP
The Synod of Bishops asks those interested in helping
the people of Beslan to send donations to:
"The Synod of Bishops/Beslan Fund"
75 East 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/01newstucture/pagesen/news05/mpbeslan.html
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REHABILITATION CENTER FOR BESLAN VICTIMS UNDER
MOSCOW, March 10 (RIA Novosti) - In Moscow on Thursday
Bishop of Stavropol and Vladikavkaz Feofan (the
Russian Orthodox Church - ROC) and Archbishop of
Berlin and Germany Mark (the Russian Orthodox Church
Outside of Russia) will sign an agreement on
establishing a rehabilitation center for the victims
of the terrorist act at the North Ossetian town of
Beslan on September 1-3, 2004.
"The attention to this problem in society has been
gradually abating. But the tragedy, especially for
those who lost their children, conversely,
intensifies, when the warmth of the people around them
decreases. That is why the rehabilitation center must
be not so much of the medical as of the
spiritual-psychological character," Bishop Feofan
According to him, the center has actually started
operating on the basis of the new Epiphany nunnery
near the town of Alaguir (several dozens kilometers
away from Beslan).
"It is the first operating rehabilitation center.
People have already been coming there, participating
in the construction of buildings. It will be able to
simultaneously accommodate about 100 people," the
The combination of medical and psycho-therapeutic
services, nature and a spiritual component - monastic
silence which, as the ROC representative said, makes
it possible to perceive a touch to eternity - is a
specific feature of the center.
Presumably, catamarans and even horses will be at the
disposal of the guests of the center which is
surrounded by a few lakes.
"We will by no means divide people on the religious
basis, the center will be open to all, both the
Orthodox and the Moslems," the Bishop stressed.
He also noted specially that the signing of the
protocol on the joint construction of the center's
facilities is of great importance for the process of
restoration of unity of the Russian Church. "The
dialogue of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is passing from a
theoretical one into practical cooperation," Bishop
Feofan stressed. http://en.rian.ru/rian/index.cfm?prd_id=160&msg_id=5456371&startrow=1&date=2005-03-10&do_alert=0
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