ROEA's Pacific Coast Deanery
(2008 Dean's report to ROEA Congress)
Eighteen (18) parishes and missions, located in six (6) states, are assigned to the Pacific Coast Deanery, as follows: Arizona (3), California (9), Colorado (2), Nevada (1), Oregon (2), Washington (1)
During 2008 all the deanery's parishes and missions carried on their religious, administrative, educational and social programs, as set forth by their clergy and parish councils, according to the schedule of activities, published through their parochial bulletins, occasional flyers, and/or web-sites (for those parishes that have web-pages).
Throughout 2008 both Hierarchs: His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel and His Grace Bishop Irineu, made numerous visits in the Pacific Coast Deanery's parishes and missions. The dates our Hierarchs visited and the services where they participated are mentioned in the reports of each parish and mission separately.
St. John the Baptist Church , Glendale, AZ - V. Rev. Fr. Gheorghe Libotean, parish priest. Attached priests: V. Rev. Fr. Filimon Barbos, Rev. Fr. William John Clark , V. Rev. Fr. Virgil Suciu. On August 30-31, 2008 the parish celebrated its 25 th anniversary in the presence of His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, who presided at the Vespers Service on Saturday evening, and Hierarchical Liturgy on Sunday. The event was marked by an official banquet on Sunday, August 31. Web site: www.stjohnglendale.org
Exaltation Of The Holy Cross Orthodox Church , an English-speaking mission of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, established in 2008. V. Rev. Fr. Alin Munteanu, parish priest. On Saturday August 30 th , 2008 His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel officiated the Divine Liturgy. Web site: www.orthodox-glendale.org
St. Parascheva Mission , Phoenix, AZ - V. Rev. Fr. Vasile Parau, parish priest. The mission is dedicated to holding regular services and attracting more members to the mission. 2008 goals: Plans for Bible study every Sunday and Sunday school for children. Also they intend to form a church choir. On Saturday afternoon August 30 th , 2008 His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel made a pastoral visit to the Mission, and presided at a Baptism service. Web-page: www.romanianchurcharizona.blogspot.com
Falling Asleep of the Ever-Virgin Mary Church , Anaheim, CA – Very Rev. Fr. Cornel Avramescu, parish priest. During 2008, continuing the tradition he established many years ago, Father organized another Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, with participation of many Faithful, not only from St. Mary's parish, but also from many parishes and missions in California. Hierarchical visit: August 14-17 2008, the church's patronal Feast-Day. His Grace Bishop Irineu presided over Lamentation Service (Thursday evening), Hierarchical Liturgy (Friday morning) Holy Unction Service (Friday evening) & Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on both Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17, respectively.
St. John the Evangelist Mission , Claremont, CA – Besides the diocesan duties a chairman of the Missions Department, and Parish priest of St. Anne's (Pomona), V. Rev. dr. Catalin Mitescu, retains the office of administrator of St. John the Evangelist Mission, keeping in touch with the Orthodox Faculty and students of various Church affiliations, on the campus.
Holy Resurrection Church , Hayward, CA – After a period of a few months of uncertainty, due to some internal misunderstandings between the parish and the former priest, with the appointment of Rev. Fr. Octavian Mahler (April 13, 2008), as Parish priest, the activities of the Holy Resurrection parish returned to its normality. On February 10, 2008 the Dean was delegated by His Eminence to preside the parish General Assembly, where a new council was elected. On Saturday 23 February 2008 His Grace Bishop Irineu administered the oath to the newly elected members of the parish council. On Sunday, October 12, 2008 His Grace Bishop Irineu visited the parish and officiated the Hierarchical Liturgy. Website: www.holyresurrectionparish.org
Holy Trinity Church, Los Angeles , CA – V. Rev. Fr. Constantin Alecse, Parish priest; Rev. Fr. Virgil Anton, attached. At the Descent of the Holy Spirit Chapel (attached to the Holy Trinity parish), the services are held entirely in English by Fr. Virgil Anton, for the non-Romanian speaking faithful, adults and children alike. The parish publishes a “ Viata Crestina ” magazine every trimester (printed and electronic format).
Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel Church , Palm Springs, CA. Rev. Liviu Popa, parish priest (V. Rev. Fr. Silviu Vasilie, attached). The parish was honored by the Hierarchical visit of His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, at the weekend of November 8 & 9, 2008, Patronal Feast-Day of the Church and the 20 th anniversary of the parish. His Eminence presided the Vesper service on Saturday evening, the Hierarchical Liturgy on Sunday, followed by the anniversary banquet.
St. Anne Church, Pomona, CA – V. Rev. Fr. Dr. Catalin Mitescu, came back to the leadership of the parish, after Fr Andrew J Lesko requested a transfer to another diocese. Since the parish has moved to a bigger space, in 2007, the faithful are working towards increasing its membership, bringing in converts and attracting new faithful from the Pomona Valley's Orthodox Community. Web-page: www.stanneorthodox.org
SS. Michael and Gabriel Church , Sacramento, CA - Rev. Fr. Emil Ardelean, Parish priest, was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Grace Bishop Irineu, on Sunday, February 24, 2008. The parish, had as a goal for 2008 to beautify the church through painted icons on the outside walls, and to continue growth numerically and spiritually. On the weekend of October 31 through November 2, 2008, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel attended the festivities of 15 th church anniversary, officiating the Vespers service on Saturday evening, the Hierarchical Liturgy on Sunday, followed by an anniversary banquet.
Holy Cross Mission, San Diego , CA – Under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Iustin Capsa, the Holy Cross Mission' faithful have done and continue doing their best to fulfill the task of spreading the Orthodox Faith in the greater San Diego Metropolitan center and surrounding areas. The parish uses all means to raise funds for constructing a new church: direct solicitation, collections in church, organizing picnics and monthly dinners, etc. Fr. Iustin is also circulating a periodic newsletter, advertising the church events. Webpage: www.romanianchurch-sandiego.com
Holy Cross Church, San Jose , CA – V. Rev. Fr Constantin Lapustea, parish priest. At the weekend of October 10-12, 2008, the newly built Church was consecrated, according to the following program: on Friday, October 10, Vespers service; on Saturday, October 11, the consecration of the church followed by the Hierarchical Liturgy, pontificated by three Hierarchs: His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel, HG Iustin of Maramures (Romania) and HG Bishop Irineu, Vicar-Bishop of ROEA. Many priests, from ROEA and other dioceses in USA and Romania, were part of the sobor. The event was followed by a festive banquet. On Sunday, October 12, Hierarchical Liturgy. The two sons of Fr Constantin Lapustea (Nicolae and Florin), were ordained to the holy deaconate, during the two Divine Liturgies of Saturday and Sunday respectively. Website: www.sjholycross.org
St. John The Hozevite Mission - Denver, Colorado. St. John The Hozevite Mission is shepherded by young priest, Rev. Fr. Cristian Lutas. On Saturday, February 2, 2008 – Presentation of our Lord Feast-day, His Grace Bishop Irineu visited the mission, and pontificated the Divine Liturgy. Website: www.saintjohntheromanian.org
St Dimitrie the New Mission – Longmont, Colorado. The mission is pastorated by Rev Fr Ioan Bogdan, as parish priest. On Sunday February 3, 2008 His Grace Bishop Irineu made a pastoral visit to the mission, and officiated the Hierarchical Liturgy .
Falling Asleep of the Ever-Virgin Mary Mission , Las Vegas, NV - Rev. Danut Palanceanu, Parish Priest. The Mission has a small number of faithful, but they are active, and under the wise guidance of the parish priest, they have achieved a lot of things on every level: spiritually, socially and administratively.
Descent of the Holy Spirit Church , Oregon City, OR - V. Rev. Fr. Vasile Muntean, parish priest. Hierarchical visits: On Friday, December 5, 2008 the parish was visited by His Grace Bishop Irineu, who presided over the Holy Unction Service. The following Sunday, December 7, His Grace Bishop Irineu pontificated the Hierarchical Liturgy.
Falling Asleep of the Ever-Virgin Mary Church, Portland, OR – Rev. Fr. Cosmin Vint, parish priest. On Saturday, December 6, 2008 the parish was visited by His Grace Bishop Irineu who officiated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on St Nicholas' Feast Day. Between August 17-23 2008, the parish organized the 4 th edition of “Summer Church Camp for the Youth”. It is the intention of the parish to make “The Youth Camp” a tradition on the West Coast. Church Bulletin “Cuvantul Romanesc” (printed & virtual presentation).
Three Hierarchs Mission , Seattle – Rev. Ioan Catana, parish priest - Building program: The parish purchased in 2004 a property in Mountlake Terrace. In 2007 the groundbreaking took place, as well as the completion of the architectural plans. During 2008 fund raising projects continued, the community hoping to be able to attend services their own church in the very near future. On December 13, 2008, the Dean had a meeting with Fr. Ioan, and a few members and former members of the parish council, to elucidate a few misunderstandings, and to share ideas, and re-launch an appeal to all the Romanian-American Orthodox Faithful in the State of Washington, to vigorously continue the fund raising activities, for the building project. The parish offers a monthly bulletin “Cuvantul”, in printed edition, and maintains an web-page: www.ortodox.org.
Due to the great distances between the parishes and missions of our deanery, no deanery meetings were held during 2008. However the clergy kept in touch with one another through the exchange of parish bulletins and newsletters, printed or virtual, through telephone contacts, diocesan congress and/or retreats, and the Hierarchical visits. We thank our Episcopate's Hierarchs, HE Archbishop Nathaniel and HG Bishop Irineu, for the Hierarchical visits, and the dedicated clergy and faithful of our parishes and missions, for the sacrifices they have made to support their churches. Last but not least, we thank the Almighty God for protecting our Episcopate and parishes.
Archpriest Constantin Alecse, Dean
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