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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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August 03, 2014:
New Cleric for the Orthodox Church in Thailand and Cambodia.

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August 02, 2014:
Emergency aid Received.

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July 31, 2014:
Archimandrite Oleg, Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, visits Chiang Mai.

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July 30, 2014:
A citizen of UK was received into Orthodoxy.

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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".


28 August 2012

PATRONAL FEAST OF THE HOLY DORMITION MONASTERY IN RATCHABURI.

August 28 the Holy Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi celebrated its patronal feast day. From early morning pilgrims from different parishes in Thailand began arriving at the monastery, especially numerous were the groups from Bangkok and Pattaya.

Holy Dormition Monastery in the province of Ratchaburi

By local tradition ​​all the priests, serving in Thailand, concelebrated Divine Liturgy. Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand presided. During the reading of the 3rd and 6th hours the sacrament of Confession was offered in the monastery chapel in honor of Our Lady of Iver. Many pilgrims and worshipers attended. The brethren of the monastery confessed after the Vigil the day before. At the All-Night Vigil with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Mr. Marko Vodopivek was tonsured a rassophore monk of the monastery, called Sava, in honor of St. Sava of Serbia. Also the number of inhabitants of the monastery has led to new novices.

Offering congratulations for the feast, archimandrite Oleg urged the monks to guard the purity and austerity of monastic life of prayer. The prayer of the brothers not only strengthens the monastery, but the whole of the Orthodox Church in Thailand. According to Fr. Oleg, it is the sanctity of life in the monastery, which is the main reason that so many pilgrims visited the monastery in the day.

After the festive Divine Liturgy commemorating the Blessed Virgin Mary, there was a procession around the the monastery church. After the service a picnic meal was offered to pilgrims.

Procession with the cross in Holy Dormition monastery in Ratchaburi
In the photo: Procession with the cross in Holy Dormition monastery in Ratchaburi.

On this day, the monks of the monastery and the faithful welcomed the local administration and delegation of the Australian diocese of the Coptic Church. At the invitation of the local authorities, archimandrite Oleg with guests was acquainted with a number of social projects implemented by the local administration with financial support from the Church.

Discussion of a number of social projects implemented by the local administration, with the assistance of the Holy Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi
In the photo: Discussion of a number of social projects implemented by the local administration, with the assistance of the Holy Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi.

27 August 2012

Monastic vows at the Holy Dormition Monastery.

With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) tonsured Mr. Marko Vodopivek as a rassophore monk after the All-Night Vigil for the feast day of the Holy Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi province - the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin. At the monastic tonsure rite, the new monk was given the name Sava, in honor of St. Sava of Serbia.


26 August 2012

Baptism of Mrs. Jatuporn Luengyotluechakul.

Before the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Church in Bangkok, the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) performed the Mystery of Holy Baptism for the Thai citizen, Mrs. Jatuporn Luengyotluechakul, christened to Orthodoxy as Nadezjda, in honor of Holy Martyr Nadezjda.

Prior to her conversion by Holy Baptism, Mrs. Jatuporn regularly visited the Orthodox church in Bangkok and held catechism under her daughter Irinia (Kulthida) who was baptized a year ago in the same church. According to the newly baptized Nadezjda, she found the «Law of God» by fr. Seraphim Slobodsky translated into Thai very helpful in preparing for Baptism, along with the participation of other Orthodox Thais, who helped her to better understand the Orthodox faith.

Newly baptized Mrs. Jatuporn Luengyotluechakul in St. Nicholas' church in Bangkok
In the photo: Newly baptized Mrs. Jatuporn Luengyotluechakul in St. Nicholas' church in Bangkok.

24 August 2012

The meeting of the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand with the Deputy Mayor of Pattaya.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) and Chairman of the Orthodox Church in Thailand Foundation priest Daniel Wanna, together with the Deputy Honorary Consul of Russia in Pattaya V. Kriventsov, General Director of the "Russian House" company group Y. Segal and several other Russian businessmen in Pattaya, attended an informal meeting with the Deputy Mayor of Pattaya , Mr. Ronakit Ekasingh, responsible for security matters. The concerns of the Russian-speaking community of Pattaya were conveyed to the leadership of the City Hall and detailed answers were welcomed. Concern was expressed about the worsening crime situation in the city and unnecessary and non-localized distribution of entertainment business. For his part, the Deputy Mayor made ​​a number of valid claims to the Russians in his response. 

Meeting with Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, responsible for security matters, Mr. Ronakit Ekasingh
In the photo: Meeting with Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, responsible for security matters, Mr. Ronakit Ekasingh.

At the end of the conversation, it was decided to make such meetings monthly. Mr. Ronakit Ekasingh had asked, on behalf of Pattaya City Hall, for the participation of the Orthodox clergy in these meetings on a regular basis. Further he invited the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg to participate in the management meeting of Pattaya City Hall and the police department concerning crime situation in the city and the search for ways to improve the situation, scheduled for September this year.


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