EAD 2013 REPORT 5

November 2, 2014  |  By  | 


2. Message from the Ruling Bishop Message from the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, His Eminence HILARION Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York The Eastern American Diocese has been growing steadily for the past decade, and this growth has never been more clearly evident than in the past year of 2013. The Lord has been merci- ful to us sinners and has blessed us with prosperity and joy – a direct result of our common spiritual growth. As we prepare to celebrate the 80 th anniversary of the founding of our Diocese this year, many important decisions must be made to establish a clear vision for our future growth. This report on the major accom- plishments of 2013 will be a glimpse of what one year in the Eastern American Diocese is like. We hope that it will demon- strate the pressing need to continue the expansion of our Diocese through the creation of a new diocesan center. In order to properly determine our growth, we must under- stand that growth in the Church is not measured in sums of bank accounts or property values. Spiritual growth through repent- ance, the partaking of the Sacraments, and the ability to live one’s life according to the guidelines of the Holy Church, is the key to our future on this earth, and ultimately the Kingdom of Heaven. The greatest indicator of our healthy spiritual growth is the constant expansion of our monasteries – spiritual strongholds of prayer for the entire world. Almost every single monastery or skete in our Diocese has grown in 2013. Our two largest monas- teries – Holy Trinity in Jordanville and Holy Cross in West Vir- ginia, have undertaken several large construction and renovation projects, thanks to strong nancial support from the faithful. An- nual pilgrimages to our monasteries are also growing in number, and for this we oer up our thanks to Almighty God! Youth involvement in the life of our Diocese is one of the most crucial accomplishments of the past year. Several Orthodox camps oer comprehensive and exciting programs for our chil- dren, in which the clergy and hierarchy are heavily involved. Youth conferences, pilgrimages, and choir seminars are just some of the activities that are being oered to the youth today. Work The greatest indicator of our healthy spiritual growth is the constant expansion of our monasteries – spiritual strongholds of prayer for the entire world. with the youth is an area that requires much attention and im- provement in the coming years. Despite all of the dierent youth programs that are already functioning in the Diocese, we lack a centralized diocesan youth committee that would help promote existing programs and develop new ideas. The nancial report for 2013 and budget for 2014 are also available in this report. Reviewing these gures will help you understand just how much potential there is for growth in the Eastern American Diocese. Everything that we are able to do together as a Diocese is funded by a very modest budget. Every department in our Diocese has incredible potential for expansion and growth, especially the youth department. All contributions made to the Diocese on behalf of parishes and private individuals are directly invested into our future, the results of which are out- lined in this report. We thank you for your prayers, love, and support of the Eastern American Diocese, its hierarchs, clergy, monastics, and faithful. Let us continue to strengthen our Faith and, through it, our support of the Holy Church, so that one day we may all hear the blessed words of our Savior: “Come ye blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34). Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia