On May 8, several dozen young people from 15 parishes of the two German dioceses (ROCOR and MP) gathered at the Skete of Grand Duchess Elizabeth in the Bavarian town of Buchendorf. Abbess Maria (Sediropolou) acquainted the visitors with the history of this convent, which was established in October 2005, telling them about daily life at the community, showing them the sewing, bookbinding and other workshops, where 9 sisters conduct their work.
The young pilgrims participated in evening and morning services at the convent, and on May 9, boarded minivans and departed for the Monastery of St Job of Pochaev, where they learned of the history of this community, founded in a suburb of Munich in December 1945.
The procession of the cross towards Dachau took several hours. Priest Ilya Limberger of St Nicholas Church in Stuttgart, member of ROCOR’s Synod Youth Department and organizer of the event, said that the young people not only came to know each other on their way to the memorial complex, but also prayed, singing Paschal songs, and during brief stopovers read excerpts from the works of St Nikolai.
Fr Ilya noted at the end of the procession that the idea of creating a “youth diocese” in Germany is making its initial manifestation at this event.