Thanks to your help, since May 2009 FFA has raised and disbursed over $10,000 to the monastery. The money was spent on rent, repairs, and disbursed to needy parishioners, providing them with medicine, tickets back to Russia for those who wanted to escape the difficult economical situation in Mexico, attorney fees, and in assistance to some parishioners in moving to cheaper apartments.
Before the monastery was founded two years ago, Russian Orthodox Christians went to Greek or Antiochian churches, and some even converted to Catholicism.
Since then Holy Trinity Monastery became in the words of the abbot “the spiritual heart of the Russian Diaspora” and now serves the needs of local Russians, Serbs, Bulgarians, Moldavians and Mexicans. The services are conducted in Slavonic; Russian diplomats and ambassadors bring their families on weekends, and the brethren are a necessary part at the celebrations at the Russian Embassy.
“We are with our parishioners at the most important moments of their lives, from house blessing…to promotion or sickness,” said Fr. Nektariy.
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.
Two years ago, the monastery had only a small chapel, a refectory and cells. But the number of parishioners grew so much, that the brethren had to convert the refectory into a part of the church, and the garage into a refectory. The monks now eat in the kitchen. If they have the means, Fr. Nektariy hopes to put a roof on the courtyard next to the garden to have an outdoor refectory.
To continue their service, the monastery needs your assistance. Please help them in their good work!
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