He was hospitalized due to a mysterious illness that kept him in great pain and prevented him from eating. The doctors couldn’t find out what was wrong with him until November 11, when he was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer.
They were unable to operate on him and simply closed the incision. After he awoke, he was in such pain that the doctors put him back to sleep.
Fr. Rodion enrolled into the Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville and was planning to continue his education. The large Russian population in Costa Rica is in the process of building a church in the Pskov style and looking forward to a bright future with Fr. Rodion at the helm.
Please pray for Fr. Rodion and his family at this difficult time!