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THE METROPOLITANATE OF
SAINT-PETERSBURG

EVENTS


THE ANNUAL DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY
OF THE ST.-PETERSBURG METROPOLITANATE

An annual Diocesan assembly of the St.-Petersburg Metropolitanate being presided over by the Metropolitan of St.-Petersburg and Ladoga VLADIMIR was held on October, 26,2000. Both clergy and laity of the Diocese were among the participants of the meeting, totally 421 delegates. The last assembly of the 20-th century was called "historical" by the Metropolitan VLADIMIR. Statistic data by the Diocese of St.-Petersburg were reported by its Secretary Archpriest Gennady Bartov, rector of the St.-Trinity Izmailov Church of St.-Petersburg.

Archpriest Vladimir Sorokin, head of the St.Prince Vladimir Church, Chairperson of the Department on relationship with penitentiary establishments and Professor of the St.-Petersburg Theological Schools called heads of the parishes to busy themselves with searching for information concerning new martyrs and witnessers of the faith in each parish. Archpriest Michail Yurimsky, head of the the Virgin's Protecting Vail church in town of Gatschina addressed Metropolitan VLADIMIR with a request to explaine what should be an attitude of Orthodox Christians toward such a phenominon as introducing so-called identification numbers being attached to tax-payers as a must at the present time.


THE NAME DAY OF THE METROPOLITAN
OF ST.-PETERSBURG AND LADOGA
VLADIMIR

The Diocese of St.-Petersburg solemnly celebrated the Name Day of its administrative Archpastor Metropolitan of St.-Petersburg and Ladoga VLADIMIR on October, 17, 2000. A festive church service took place in the St.-Trinity Cathedral of the St.Prince Alexander Nevsky Monastery (Lavra). The service was headed by His Most Eminence Metropolitan VLADIMIR.

Officiated with him were His Eminence Constantine, Bishop of Tikhvin, Rector of the St.-Petersburg Theological Schools alongside with numerous clergy of the Diocese of St.-Petersburg. The Divine Liturgy was followed by the small prayer and festive assembly in the premises of the Diocesan Administration.

Mr.Yakovljev A., Governor of St.-Petersburg was also among the participants of the festivities.


THE FIRST POKROV PEDAGOGIC READINGS

The first Pokrov pedagogic readings took place in the St.-Petersburg in the periode from October,12-14, 2000. They have been sponsored by the Theological Academy of St.-Petersburg, Russian State Pedagogic University by Gertsen A.I. as well as by the departments of the St.-Petersburg Metropolitanate on roligious education, work with the youth, etc. The readings were dedicated to the topic: "Dialogue between home secular and church educational traditions."


ASSEMBLY DAY IN THE ST.-PETERSBURG
THEOLOGICAL SCHOOLS

Celebrations on occasion of the patron saint's day - memorial day of Heavenly Patron of the Theological Schools Saint Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian were held in the St.-Petersburg Theological Seminary and Academy. The day began from the Divine Liturgy headed by His Eminence Konstantin, Rector of the St.-Petersburg Theological Schools. In his service he was officiated with His Eminence Prokl, Archbishop of Simbirsk and Melekess. Co-celebrated with them were also members of the Teaching Board being ordained priests as well as numerous clergy from various dioceses who arrived to participate in the most important feast of the Theological Academy and Seminary.

A school assembly was opened by the introductory word done by His Eminence Konstantin,Bishop of Tikhvin and professor of the St.-Petersburg Theological Schools. Professor protopresvyter Georgy Telpis responsible for upbringing work in the schools offered his report concerning the final results of the St.-Petersburg Theological Schools's activities for the passed 1999 / 2000 school year.

Honoured professor, protopresvyter Vasily Stoikov did a major report at the assembly day on the theme:" Life and activity of Nikolai Dmitrijevitsh Uspensky - professor of the St.-Petersburg Theological Schools".


"THE ORTHODOXY IN THE FAR EAST"

A section titled as "The Orthodoxy in the Far East" conducted its work in the walls of the St.-Petersburg Theological Schools and at the Oriental faculty of the City State University within the framework of an international scientific conference called " Easten Asia - St.-Petersburg - Europe: intercivilization contacts and perspectives of the economic cooperation." Scientists from Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Yaroslavlj, Khabarovsk, Blagovetschensk as well as from the USA,Taiwan,Honkong, South Korea and Japan took participation at the section's sittings.

Metropolitan of Honkong and South-East Asia Nickita (Loulias), Eucumenical Patriarchate, was an honorable guest at this forum.



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