ROCOR PRIEST IN CHILE MISSING AFTER EARTHQUAKE
New York - Priest Fr. Alexis Aedo Vilugron is missing after an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile early on Saturday, February 27. Fr. Alexis lives in Concepcion, which sustained most damage from the quake. He oversees the parishes of St. Silouan of Mt. Athos in Concepcion and the parish of St. Nectarios in Santiago.
Santiago which is around 500 km North of Concepcion, was also affected by aftershocks, but according to deacon Roberto Leon in Santiago, ROCOR parishioners in that city are "safe and sound."
Elizabeth Jurlow, secretary of St. Nectarios parish in Santiago, wrote in an email that parishioners of Annunciation of the Theotokos Mission in Valdivia (480 km South of Concepcion), are also doing well.
"Our major anxiety is not having any news from Father Alex and his family, nor from anyone in Concepcion. There is no telephone contact with Concepcion at all, and all roads going in are impassable, so we cannot even go and look for him ourselves."
Members of the community are trying to find out whatever they can through contacts with the Air Force, since today they established an air lift for assistance from unaffected parts of the country.
"We all covet your prayers, especially for Fr. Alexey, the community of San Siluan of Concepción, and all our countrymen in the afflicted areas," wrote Ms. Jurlow.
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