At the invitation of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, concelebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Novo-Diveevo Stavropegial Convent of the Holy Dormition, Nanuet, NY on the Sunday of All Saints, June 3, 2018.
Concelebrating with Metropoiltans Tikhon and Hilarion were His Grace, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan [ROCOR] and His Grace, Bishop Irinej of Eastern America [Serbian Orthodox Church]. His Grace, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, joined the other hierarchs for the procession and the blessing of a new monument dedicated to Saint Seraphim of Sarov that followed the Liturgy.
The monument was installed near the entrance to the convent’s main Cathedral of Saint Seraphim of Sarov. It is a gift from Russia’s “Dialogue of Cultures—One World” Foundation, presented with the aim of strengthening the spiritual ties between the Moscow Patriarchate and ROCOR, as well as cultural ties between Russia and the United States.
Located an hour north of New York City on over 40 acres of land, the convent was founded in October 1949 by Father Adrian Rimarenko (later Archbishop Andrei of Rockland). The convent’s name—“Novo-Diveevo”—recalls the Diveevo Women’s Monastery in Russia that was closely associated with Saint Seraphim during his lifetime, closed and desecrated during the Soviet era, and reopened after the fall of communism.
Photo Credit: Subdeacon Roman Ostash