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PACIFIC COAST DEANERY
PARISHES & MISSIONS
The Pacific Coast Deanery, one of the 7 Deaneries of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, has 16 parishes and missions assigned, covering 7 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington State.
During the last semester of 2004 and first part of 2005 all of the parishes and missions carried on their religious, educational and social programs, as set forth by their clergy and parish councils, according to the schedules published in their parish bulletins, occasional fliers, and/or web-sites (for those parishes that have web-pages).
Due to the geographical distances between the parishes and missions, the deanery could not held deanery meetings as often as it should have. However, contacts among the clergy, the Episcopate and the deanery, were held year-around; both Hierarchs of the Episcopate visited the deanery’s parishes and missions on several occasions: Pastoral and canonical visits, special occasions (anniversaries, consecrations and ordinations, the November 2004 West Coast retreat, etc).
More than half of the parishes and missions are currently involved in building projects, while some others have recently completed such programs.
ROEA’s Deans: V Rev Frs Simion Pavel, Dumitru Sasu, Laurence Lazar, Constantin Alecse and Casian Fetea - gather for a picture with V Rev Fr Constantin Tofan (far left), Chairman of the Dep. of Missions.
During the stated period of time the following Clergy Changes occurred in this Deanery:
LOCAL ACTIVITIES & HIERARCHICAL VISITS:
St. John the Baptist Church, Glendale, AZ - Rev Fr Alin Munteanu, Parish Priest; Rev. Virgil Suciu and Rev. Filimon Barbos, Attached.
Hierarchical Visits: His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel attended the Orthodox Brotherhood Annual Conference (October 22-28, 2004).
Saturday - October 23: Great Vespers.
Sunday - October 24 – Divine Liturgy & banquet.
Sunday - April 25, 2005 – Hierarchical Divine Liturgy by His Grace Bishop Irineu.
St. Parascheva Mission, Phoenix, AZ - Rev. Vasile Parau, Parish Priest
Hierarchical visits: Since Saturday, January 17, 2004, when the parish was visited by His Grace Bishop Irineu, no other Hierarchical visits took place. However, the parish priest and faithful did attend the above-mentioned Hierarchical Services that were held at the St. John the Baptizer parish in Glendale, AZ; The priest and faithful are dedicated to holding regular services and attracting more members.
Falling Asleep of the Ever-Virgin Mary Church, Anaheim, CA - Rev. Cornel Avramescu, Parish Priest.
A trimestrial church bulletin “Buna-Vestire” (printed and electronic format):
Weekly Sermons -
Building program: The iconography is almost complete, and arrangements are sought to be made with His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel for the consecration of the Church.
Hierarchical visits: Sts. Archangels Michael & Gabriel’s Feast-day - November 8, 2004 – Hierarchical Liturgy by His Grace Bishop Irineu.
St. John the Evangelist Mission, Claremont, CA - Rev. dr. Catalin Mitescu, Administrator
In 1985, His Grace Bishop Nathaniel (His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel) gave His Blessing to have the St. John the Evangelist Mission established as an “Orthodox presence” at the Claremont Colleges.
Although services are very rarely held at that Mission (as Rev. dr. Mitescu serves regularly at St. Anne Parish), the existence of the Mission on the campus is appreciated by the Orthodox students of various Church affiliations.
Holy Resurrection Church, Hayward, CA - Rev. Dumitru Ionescu, Parish Priest.
The priest and faithful are dedicated to holding regular services and attracting more members.
Hierarchical visits: Saturday - November 13 – Great Vespers by His Grace Bishop Irineu
Sunday - November 14 – Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and banquet at the 40th Anniversary of the Church.
Saturday, May 21, 2005 – Consecration of the Church by His Grace Bishop Irineu.
Holy Trinity Church, Los Angeles, CA - Rev. Constantin Alecse, Parish Priest; Rev. William John Clark, Rev. Fr. Virgil Anton (since September 2004) attached; and Rev. Fr. Deacons dr. Iosif Razvan Bena and Vasile Simonca, attached. Web-page:
Events & Hierarchical visit: November 5-7, 2004 – The 65th Church Anniversary, presided by His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel. Saturday November 6 – Vespers Service at the site where the new Church will be built. Sunday, November 7 – Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and ordination of sub-deacon dr. Razvan Iosif Bena into the Holy Deaconate. The 65th Anniversary banquet at Hilton Hotel.
The building project: Details about the Building Project could be found on the church’s web-site: http://orthodoxnet.org/
With the grading work, which will commence by mid-June 2005, the building project has indeed started.
Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel Church, Palm Springs, CA
Rev. Liviu Popa, parish priest and Rev. Silviu Vasilie, retired and attached priest.
November 6-7, 2004 - Hierarchical visit of His Grace Bishop Irineu. Saturday – Great vespers; Sunday - Hierarchical Liturgy and banquet.
Though very small but very dedicated, the parish of Holy Archangels, Palm Springs, CA, has completed the project of building its new church, and presently awaits the consecration date from His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel.
St. Anne Church, Pomona, CA - Rev. Catalin Mitescu, Parish Priest, Rev. Andrew J Lesko, Assistant Priest, Rev. John Limbeson, Retired.
The parish is working aggressively towards increasing its membership, bringing in converts and attracting new faithful from the Pomona Valley’s Orthodox Community.
SS. Michael and Gabriel Church, Sacramento, CA - Rev. Florin Mihalache, Parish Priest, Rev Fr. Emil Ardelean [Deacon]. The parish, with its beautifully painted church, and the enthusiasm of its clergy and lay-leadership is continuing its growth, both numerically and spiritually. The parish is undertaking new programs for all ages, thus making the Romanian Orthodoxy in the Capital of California not only a remarkable presence but a very noticeable voice for the Orthodox community.
Hierarchical visit: November 13, 2004 – Hierarchical Divine Liturgy by His Grace Bishop Irineu;
Holy Cross Mission, San Diego, CA - Rev Fr Adrian Manea, Parish Priest, since December 1, 2004.
The mission went through some difficult times in the 2nd part of 2004 and 1st part of 2005, but remains dedicated to continuing the task of spreading the Orthodox Faith in the greater San Diego Metropolis and surrounding areas.
Hierarchical visit: Saturday - April 16 – Great Vespers Service; & - Sunday April 17, 2005 Hierarchical Divine Liturgy by His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel. Community meeting with the faithful.
Holy Cross Church, San Jose, CA - Rev. Constantin Lapustea, Parish Priest, Rev. Gheorghe G Grigorescu, Retired, Attached.
Building program – The building of a new church on the property the community acquired in San Jose, a few years ago, is now under way. At the Parish General Assembly of February 6, 2005, the parishioners appreciated the architectural plans of architect Aurel Velculescu, and further discussed the ways and means the community may employ to accomplish the project.
St. John The Hozevite Mission - Denver, Colorado. Established last year (2004) the St. John The Hozevite Mission having a permanent priest – Rev. Fr. Ioan Petru, Parish Priest – and two attached Clergymen: Very Rev. Fr. Dean Constantin Tofan, and Fr. dn. Vasile Simonca, a visiting deacon from Los Angeles, California, already took-on a building project.
Hierarchical visit: November 20-21, 2004 – His Grace Bishop Irineu. On Saturday – The Great Vespers; Sunday – November 21 - The blessing of the cornerstone for the new Church, followed by the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.
Falling Asleep of the Ever-Virgin Mary Mission, Las Vegas, NV - Rev. Danut Palanceanu
Hierarchical visit: Sunday, November 14, 2004 Hierarchical visit and Divine Liturgy by His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel.
The newly elected Parish Council, a very active and enterprising team, is presently in the process of purchasing a property where a new church and social hall will be built, hopefully during 2005-2006.
On both, Palm Sunday and Easter (2005) over 300 faithful attended. The number of the faithful attending the weekly services had increased considerably during 2005; this growth is being driven by the new and exciting spirit of becoming a strong parish, and successfully going through building project.
Nativity of the Lord Mission, Albuquerque, NM. Established in the mid-2003, the new mission, under the leadership of Rev Fr Gabriel Bulz, Parish Priest, is lining-up its programs: administrative activities, liturgical services, educational system (for both adults and youth), and a possible building project.
Hierarchical visit: At the April 9-10, 2005 – the mission community was blessed with the Hierarchical visit of His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, who celebrated the Divine Liturgy and met personally with the faithful, gathered for hierarchical blessings.
Descent of the Holy Spirit Church, Oregon City, OR.
Under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Vasile Muntean, the faithful of the community of “The Descent of the Holy Spirit”, since January 2002 started the building of a “Putna” replica Church in Oregon City.
The project is almost complete, and at present the faithful await guidance from His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel regarding the arrangements for future Hierarchical visits and consecration of the Church.
Falling Asleep of the Ever-Virgin Mary Church, Portland, OR
Since the last visit in Portland of His Grace Bishop Irineu, on September 7, 2003, the occasion of Patron Feast Day, the parish has been under the leadership of the young and enthusiastic parish priest, Rev. Cosmin Vint. The community continued the building program started during the pastorship of Fr. Romus Barr, taking it to completion. Today, the large number of faithful attending the Church services worship in front of new iconostasis, and numerous large painted icons throughout the church.
Church Bulletin “Cuvantul Romanesc”: hard copy & virtual presentation.
Three Hierarchs Mission, Seattle – Rev. Ioan Catana, Parish Priest
Building program: In the last few years the parish focused on building a strong community. In December 2004 the community purchased for $775,000 a 3 acre property with an existing approx. 13,000 sq building, which will be remodeled as an Orthodox Church and social hall facilities.
Presently the parish leadership is gearing all its efforts to commence the remodeling program.
Monthly bulletin “Cuvantul”, available as well on the Internet
ROEAs West Coast Retreat
(8 to 11 November 2004)
Although the Deanery did not have anything to do with the planning of the aforementioned retreat, we mention it due to the fact that was held in Southern California, at the Sacred Heart (Roman Catholic) Retreat House in Alhambra, California.
The Retreat, held during the week of November 8-11, 2004, was led by the two Hierarchs of the ROEA (His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, and His Grace Bishop Irineu) and was attended by 45 priests and deacons from across the American Continent.
DEANERY CELEBRATIONS TO HONOR HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP NATHANIEL
(on His 25TH Anniversary of Episcopacy)
On November 15 1980, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy. During 2005, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of His Episcopacy, all parishes and missions of the Episcopate will organize anniversary events, coordinated by the deaneries.
In consultation with the ROEA Chancery, the Pacific Coast Deanery is scheduled to hold such celebrations during the weekend of October 29-30, 2005. All the parishes and missions of the Pacific Coast Deanery will receive the schedule of events before the Episcopate Congress (1-3 July, 2005).
As a last point of the annual report of the Pacific Coast Deanery to the Episcopate Congress, “The 2005 Celebrations in honor of His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel”, we take this opportunity to thank our Archpastor, Vladica Nathaniel, for all the Hierarchical blessings, care and love, bestowed on us all, clergy and faithful of our Deanery’s parishes and missions, throughout all these 25 years of Archpastorship. Many Years to You, Master!
During 2004-2005 (up to present), most of our deanery parishes and missions have been visited by our Episcopate’s beloved Hierarchs (HE Archbishop Nathaniel and HG Bishop Irineu) to whom we bring our offerings of thanks and gratitude.
Finally, we wish to thank the dedicated faithful of our parishes and missions for the courage of living a true Christian life in these days and age, making the personal and financial sacrifice to support their churches, and in many cases undertaking great responsibilities to build new ones.
Last, but not least, we thank the Almighty God for protecting our Episcopate and parishes, giving our Episcopate dedicated priests to fulfill their calling in God’s vineyard.
V. Rev. Fr. Constantin Alecse, Dean Fr. Deacon dr. Iosif Razvan Bena, Secretary
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