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October 07, 2014:
Saint Panteleimon's Church under Construction in Sihanoukville (Cambodia).

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October 01, 2014:
A Meeting With the New Russian Ambassador to Thailand.

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September 04, 2014:
Orthodox church construction in Sihanoukville (Cambodia).

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August 28, 2014:
Thai English newspaper published an interview with archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin).

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August 28, 2014:
Holy Dormition monastic community in Ratchaburi celebrates its Feast.

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August 26, 2014:
A plot of land purchased for a new Orthodox church in Chiang Mai.

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August 17, 2014:
Two Cambodian Citizens Receive Baptism in Thailand.

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August 13, 2014:
New Primate for Ukrainian Orthodox Church is elected.

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August 09, 2014:
ROC Representative in Thailand, visits Hua Hin City.

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August 05, 2014:
Russian Orthodox Church Representative Visits the Kingdom of Cambodia.

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21 October 2012

Blessing the domes of the new Holy Protection Church in Pattaya.

Domes were blessed and installed in the Holy Protection Church in Pattaya (Chonburi province). The six domes for the temple and a bell tower were blessed by priest Daniel Wanna, Chairman of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation and acting rector of All Saints Church in the same city.

Priest Daniel Wanna blesses the dome of the new Church in the South Pattaya
In the photo: Priest Daniel Wanna blesses the dome of the new Church in the South Pattaya.

Notable to this church in the south of Pattaya, is that the temple is being built at the expense of the Thai support. Also the piece of resort land was donated to the Orthodox community. Completion of construction and decoration of the temple is planned before the end of 2012. Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church also visited the Holy Protection Church to thank the builders for the quality of work and strict adherence to the construction schedule.

Installment of the domes for the new Holy Protection Church in Pattaya
In the photo: Installment of the domes for the new Holy Protection Church in Pattaya.

19 October 2012

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand visited the photo exhibition «Buddhism in Russia».

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) at the invitation of the Russian Embassy and the Ministry of Culture of Thailand visited the National Gallery of Thailand, attending the opening ceremony of the photo exhibition "Buddhism in Russia", dedicated to the 115th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand.

At the opening ceremony of the photo exhibition «Buddhism in Russia»
In the photo: At the opening ceremony of the photo exhibition «Buddhism in Russia».

At the opening ceremony were: the Russian Ambassador to Thailand A.G. Maryasov; Deputy Director of the Russian Museum of Ethnography A.A. Mirin; Director of the National Museum of the Republic of Buryatia T.A. Boronoeva; and Assistant of the Permanent Secretary for Culture of the Ministry of Culture of Thailand Chansuda Rukspollmuang.

Archimandrite Oleg praised the initiative of the photo exhibition «Buddhism in Russia», but noted that it would be a logical to reciprocate an exhibition of «Orthodoxy in Thailand» showing the realities of modern relations between the two countries.

Archimandrite Oleg met Thai university students studying Russian language during the tour of the exhibition «Buddhism in Russia»
In the photo: Archimandrite Oleg met Thai university students studying Russian language during the tour of the exhibition «Buddhism in Russia».

13 October 2012

Congratulations to fr. Danai (Daniel) and Elena Wanna.

The Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, the clergy and parish councils of all the Orthodox churches in the Kingdom, the Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand congratulate priest Daniel and his wife Elena Wanna on the birth of their daughter October 13, 2012.

We all heartily wish the baby abundant blessings from God, and may her parents raise her up in godliness.


04 October 2012

Decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in regards to the jurisdiction of the Orthodox parishes in Cambodia.

Session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

October 4, 2012 at the Patriarchal and Synodal residence at the Monastery of St. Daniel, under the chairmanship of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Holy Synod held a regular meeting.


EXCERPT FROM THE Holy Synod on 04.10.2012
JOURNAL № 102

Heard:
The message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia regarding the dioceses and parishes abroad.

Resolved:
The Kingdom of Cambodia

  1. Receive the newly formed parish of St. George in the city of Phnom Penh and that of St. Panteleimon in Sihanoukville in the Kingdom of Cambodia into the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church.
  2. Pastoral care of the newly formed parishes in Kingdom of Cambodia is given to archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of the Moscow Patriarchate in Thailand.

Minutes of the Holy Synod signed:

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
Members of the Holy Synod:
Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine
Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga Vladimir
Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk Filaret, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus
Metropolitan of Krutitsk and Kolomna Juvenaly
Metropolitan of Chisinau and All Moldova Vladimir
Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan
Metropolitan Vincent of Central Asian
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate
Metropolitan Vladimir of Omsk and Tauride
Metropolitan Benjamin of Nizhnelomovsk and Penza
Archbishop Mark of Khustsk and Vynohradov
Archbishop Simon of Murmansk and Monchegorsk
Bishop Savva of Tiraspol and Dubossary
Metropolitan Varsonofy of Saransk and Mordovia, Chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate


03 October 2012

Name’s day of archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin)

Orthodox believers in Thailand heartily congratulated archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand for his patronal saint’s day, commonly known as Angel Day, Holy Prince Oleg of Bryansk. For the day fr. Oleg served ​​ Divine Liturgy at All Saints Church in Pattaya. On behalf of the clergy and faithful, priest Daniel Wanna presented fr. Oleg with a flower bouquet and wished all the best in the Lord. Fr. Oleg thanked the audience for their prayers and kind words.

Archimandrite Oleg's Angel Day, Holy Prince Oleg of Bryansk (2012)
In the photo: Archimandrite Oleg's Day Angel, Holy Prince Oleg of Bryansk (2012).

Thank you

I sincerely thank all those who wished me a happy Angel Day of Holy Prince Oleg of Bryansk. I wish everyone all the best from the Lord. Humbly ask forgiveness for the physical impossibility to thank everyone personally.

With prayer,
Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin),
Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church
(Moscow Patriarchate) in the Kingdom of Thailand.


27 September 2012

Construction status of the Orthodox temples in Thailand.

The Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church met to discuss the progress of the construction of the Orthodox temples in Thailand. The meeting was headed by the Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in the Kingdom archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) and attended by the Chairman of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation priest Daniel Wanna. The architect for the temples and the head of the construction company were also present.

The meeting stated the following:

Currently three Orthodox churches are being built in the Kingdom of Thailand:

  1. In Bangkok in honor of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra in Lycia
  2. In Koh Samui, Surat Thani province, in honor of the Holy Ascension
  3. In Pattaya, Chonburi province, in honor of the Protection of the Mother of God

Temple of St. Nicholas in Bangkok.

The planned temple of St. Nicholas in Bangkok
The planned temple of St. Nicholas in Bangkok

The State Department Commission of Architecture and Construction in Bangkok reviewed the building petition for an Orthodox temple at Sukhumvit Soi 101/1, as well as attached projects of other buildings. Objection in principle to the construction of an Orthodox church at this location in Bangkok did not arise from the commission members. However, the Orthodox Church in Thailand was suggested some changes to the project. The main change is the base unit of the temple. The construction of buildings higher than 15 m calls for the earthquake-resistant foundations. The height of the proposed construction of the Orthodox temple in Bangkok is approximately 30m. It was decided that the architect of the temple makes the necessary changes to the project and presents the complete project in light of additional comments.

Due to changes in the project, the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand blessed the Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand to determine specifically the increase in the budget and make those financial calculations.

Presumably, the temple’s construction will start in Bangkok in the second half of October 2012.

Temple of the Holy Ascension on Samui, Surat Thani province.

The temple in honor of the Holy Ascension on Koh Samui, Surat Thani Province (September 2012)
Construction of the temple is 85% completed. While completing the building structure, a changed was decided in order to increase the area of the temple directly on the top level. Completion of construction is scheduled in 3-4 months. Meanwhile, priest Daniel Wanna informed those present about the lack of funds for the construction of Ascension Church in the amount of 4,000,000 Baht (about 130 thousand dollars), expressing the hope that the parishioners of other parishes in Thailand will support the Orthodox believers in Samui in this difficult situation.

The temple of the Protection of the Mother of God in Pattaya, Chonburi province.

The temple in honor of the Protection of the Mother of God in Pattaya, Chonburi province (September 2012)

The progress and quality of the Protection temple in Pattaya is positive. Its completion is planned before the end of 2012.


18 September 2012

Blessing of Russian schools in Pattaya.

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Kingdom of Thailand and priest Daniel Wanna visited the Russian secondary schools in Pattaya in Chonburi province – the school "Diplomat" and the International Center "Knowledge". The clergy served a blessing of water and dedicated the premises. After the service, fr. Oleg became acquainted with the challenges in the work of the schools, talking to school teachers and students. It was also agreed to include in the schedule the subject of "Fundamentals of Orthodoxy".

Blessing of the Russian school in Pattaya
In the photo: Blessing of the Russian school in Pattaya

17 September 2012

A visit to Cambodia by the Representative of the Orthodox Church in Thailand has finished.

From 12 to 16 September 2012 the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), accompanied by the priest Alexei Golovin and assistant Sergei Kryuchin paid a pastoral visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia. The main purpose of the trip, alongside conducting divine services, was to hold constituent assemblies of new Orthodox communities in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. The faithful expressed their desire to organize official parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in the territory of that country. In accordance with the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Cambodia is assigned to the spiritual care of the Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand.

In Phnom Penh, archimandrite Oleg was met by S.A. Stepanov who assists him in Cambodia. September 13 at 18.00 the constituent assembly of the Orthodox faithful in Phnom Penh took a unanimous decision to establish an Orthodox parish in Phnom Penh, in the name of the Holy Great Martyr George The Victory Bearer under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. A parish council was elected with its chairman being S.A. Stepanov.

The evening of September 14, a constituent assembly was held in Sihanoukville. Orthodox believers of Sihanoukville decided unanimously to create in Sihanoukville an Orthodox parish in the name of the Holy Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon. M. Ryumshin was elected chairman of the new parish council.

The founders of the Orthodox parish of the Holy Great Martyr Panteleimon in Sihanoukville (Cambodia)
In the photo: the Founders of the Orthodox parish of the Holy Great Martyr Panteleimon in Sihanoukville (Cambodia)

Saturday, September 15 Divine Liturgy was served for the first time in Sihanoukville; many of the faithful received the Holy Mysteries. After the Divine Liturgy, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism was performed for two compatriots, who wished to adopt the Orthodox faith.

The first Divine Liturgy in Sihanoukville (Cambodia)
In the photo: The first Divine Liturgy in Sihanoukville (Cambodia).

Sunday, September 16, Divine Liturgy was served in Phnom Penh in the Chapel of the Holy Great Martyr George at the Bulgarian Embassy. Almost all who had come this day to the church confessed and received the Holy Mysteries.

Divine Liturgy at the Chapel of the Holy Great Martyr George in Phnom Penh
In the photo: Divine Liturgy at Holy Great Martyr George church in Phnom Penh.

09 September 2012

Arrival of a new priest for Phuket.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) visited Phuket, where a new priest fr. Alexei Golovin was presented to the Holy Trinity congregation.

Fr. Alexei will be the priest-in-charge of Holy Trinity Church in Phuket. He is also responsible for the pastoral care of the Orthodox believers in Cambodia. After a three-month adaptation period of candidature, fr. Alexei will be presented to the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia for approval for permanent service in Thailand.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) presenting priest Alexei Golovin to the Orthodox flock of Phuket.
In the photo: The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) presenting priest Alexei Golovin to the Orthodox flock of Phuket.

The Orthodox flock of Phuket warmly welcomed the new priest, who came to the island with his family, wife and daughter. The Church parish council and the Committee of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation promised to assist fr. Alexei in the settlement of his life on the island. The new priest began his pastoral care with a visit to the local hospital where one of the parishioners is in critical condition. In the near future fr. Alexei will also visit Cambodia, where he will meet with the two Orthodox communities: in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.

Archimandrite Oleg, welcoming fr. Alexei, outlined his priorities for the priestly ministry in South East Asia and wished fr. Alexei well in his parish activities. In response, fr. Alexei assured the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand and the congregation that he would make every effort to ensure that Holy Trinity Church on Phuket grew and strengthened. Before the visit to Phuket fr. Alexei visited St. Nicholas Church in Bangkok and the Monastery of the Holy Dormition in Ratchaburi, where he served Divine Liturgy.


31 August 2012

Upcoming pastoral visit to Cambodia.

With the blessing of His Eminence archbishop of Yegorievsk Mark, head of the Department for foreign institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) and the Vicar of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Kingdom of Thailand, who has the pastoral responsibility for the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic, will visit Cambodia from 12 to 16 September 2012.

More information about the upcoming visit - on the website "Orthodoxy in Cambodia".


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