Holy Trinity Skete in Mexico City
FFA started a relief project in Mexico in May, 2009, after an outbreak of the swine flu, which tragically affected the Holy Trinity Skete (ROCOR) in Mexico City and its parishioners.
The monastery greatly suffered from the close-down of their bakery (their only source of income) during a swine-flu quarantine, and from a prolonged sickness of the abbot and only priest in the country, Fr. Nektariy Haji-Petropoulos.
The Holy Trinity Skete was founded in 2007 and swiftly became the spiritual heart of the Russian Diaspora, which serves the needs of local Russians, Serbs, Bulgarians, Moldavians and Mexicans. The monastery is very active in the local community: it provides medical and psychological aid in Russian to alcoholics and drug addicts, domestic violence victims; provides legal assistance to Russian women in case of a divorce from their Mexican husbands and questions of child custody; assists the needy and the unemployed. They teach the fundamentals of the Orthodox faith to their parishioners; accept pilgrims from all over the country.
To assist the suffering community, in 2009 the Fund for Assistance raised and disbursed over $12,000, which allowed them to purchase food and medicine, pay rent on the monastery building and bakery, fix the monastery car and assist eight families among the parishioners with either rent money or repatriation expenses for those who wanted to get away from the difficult situation and return to Russia.
So far the mission has survived on proceeds from the bakery which had to be closed due to lack of money for rent; and the abbot’s university salary. Apart from his monastic and priestly duties, Fr. Nektariy, Doctor of Historical Sciences, teaches World History, Art History, Church History and Linguistics at the University of Mexico City. He has been very ill in the last year and still requires constant medical care.
To get back on their feet the skete needs money for:
- Medical treatment for the abbot
- Reopening the bakery
- Paying debts
- Paying rent on the monastery building
- Repair monastery refectory