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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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June 22, 2014:
Saint Sergius of Radonezh 700th anniversary of birth will be celebrated in Thailand.

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December 14, 2013:
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR CHRISTMAS 2013/2014

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25 July 2012

Russian citizen Alexander Makarov, convicted criminal in Thailand, will soon be sent home.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) visited the province of Ratchaburi, where Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Dormition Monastery for the feast of the icon of Mother of God "Three Hands". At the monastery, excepting the brotherhood, the Russian citizen Alexander Makarov was temporarily residing. Mr. Makarov was convicted by a court in Thailand, but for medical reasons and at the request of the Russian Orthodox Church was sentenced to a suspended sentence. Prior to completion of formal legal proceedings, Mr. Makarov stayed at the Dormition Monastery, where he was assigned, at his own request, various obediences according to the monastic rule.

After the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Oleg gave the good news to Alexander that a few days ago, Governor of Chonburi Province had approved the decision of the Pattaya City Court probation conviction. The relevant documents have already arrived in Pattaya Court and transferred to the Consular Section of the Embassy of Russia, which gives Mr. Makarov the right to freely leave Thailand and return home. Mr. Makarov planned to return to Russia by the soonest possible flight. Mr. Makarov spent about three months in the monastery, to where he gave a warm farewell to the brethren, who all this time took care of him, saying that the only place in Thailand where he wanted to return was to the Dormition Monastery. With the blessing of archimandrite Oleg, before flying to Russia, Mr. Makarov will be staying at the Representative office of the Russian Orthodox Church in Bangkok.

Гражданин России Александр Макаров в Свято-Николаевском храме г. Бангкока
In the photo: A citizen of Russia, Alexander Makarov, at St. Nicholas Church in Bangkok.

24 July 2012

Meeting with the Coptic priest at the ROC Representative Office in Thailand.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) received the Head of the Missionary Department of the Australian diocese of the Coptic church, V. Rev. Youhanna Bestawros at his request.

During the meeting, a Coptic priest spoke about the current situation in Egypt, where fundamentalist Muslim clashes have the affected country's Christian community. Also, the Rev. Youhanna expressed gratitude to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church for the unequivocal support and calls upon the new Egyptian authorities for justice regarding the Coptic community of Egypt.

In practical matters, Rev. Johanna Bestawros asked the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand to assist in organizing some Christmas concerts performed by orphans in the province of Kanchanaburi, where the Coptic church ministers.

Archimandrite Oleg agreed to provide possible assistance and to support the social activities of Coptic Christians, asking Rev. Youhanna to send more detailed information.

Attending the meeting was an assistant to the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, Paul Sidebottom.

Коптский священник Йоханна Беставрос (V. Rev. Youhanna Bestawros) и Представитель Русской Православной Церкви в Тайланде архимандрит Олег (Черепанин)
In the photo: Coptic priest V. Rev. Youhanna Bestawros and the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin).

22 July 2012

A baptistery chapel consecrated at Holy Trinity Church on Phuket.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) visited the island of Phuket, where after the Sunday Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church he consecrated a chapel in honor of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra in Lycia. The chapel contains a baptistery for baptism of adults. During his visit, archimandrite Oleg baptized one person in the new chapel.

The Orthodox Church received h.G. Tamiris in holy baptism. The newly illumined is a citizen of Kazakhstan, staying in Phuket and enrolled in catechism at Holy Trinity parish for about three months. The young woman took the Christian name Cleopatra in honor of the Palestinian saint.

On the day before archimandrite Oleg visited Phuket’s kindergarten "Kinderville" where, at the request of the management and staff he blessed the grounds.

Baptistery chapel in honor of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, archbishop of Myra in Lycia, at Holy Trinity Church on Phuket, Thailand Baptistery chapel in honor of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, archbishop of Myra in Lycia, at Holy Trinity Church on Phuket, Thailand
In the picture: The baptistery chapel in honor of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, archbishop of Myra in Lycia, at Holy Trinity Church on Phuket, Thailand.

19 July 2012

Daft design of the new Orthodox temple in Bangkok.

Discussions were held in Bangkok to review the draft design for the construction of a new Orthodox church of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra in Lycia, the Wonderworker along with an administrative center.

The future Temple is a type of «church marquee», which is crowned with five gold domes. With dimensions of 18 by 18 meters, it will be 27 m in hight. Above the entrance to the temple there will be a bell. In the basement are rooms for business needs. Also, a few meters from the temple will be a baptistery chapel.

A two-story office building will house the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church and the head office of the Foundation of the Orthodox Church in Thailand. The ground floor will have a reception room and work rooms, while the second floor will have living quarters.

The designs provide parking for up to 10 vehicles. The complex is surrounded by a brick wall. The proposed project will now come under the review of the Supreme Authority.

Draft designs of the new Orthodox temple in Bangkok in the name of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra in Lycia
Draft designs of the new Orthodox temple in Bangkok in the name of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra in Lycia.

09 July 2012

Missionary trip to Laos.

From 2nd to 4th July 2012 hieromonk Seraphim (Raicea) of St. Nicholas Church in Bangkok made a missionary trip to Laos. Visiting the two provinces deep in the country, fr. Seraphim met with Orthodox Lao. During the trip, fr. Seraphim received from the Roman Catholic confession, Ms. Lathana Somphet by chrismation, naming her in honor of St. Juliania Olshanskaya. Also the 11-month-old infant, Pym was baptized named in honor of St. Pimen the Great.

Despite the restriction for weddings during the Holy Apostles’ Fast, with the blessing of the Supreme Authority and exercising the principle of ecclesiastical oikonomia for the special circumstance, for a young Orthodox Laotian couple celebrated the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony.

According to fr. Seraphim, Laotians, even in the provinces, are open to receive Orthodox Christianity. However, there are some difficulties for Christians in the country.

«There is substantial possibility for the development of Orthodoxy in Laos by teaching Laotian students in Bangkok and St. Petersburg Theological Seminary. Hopefully they will return to Laos for church work, as the locals are less subject to restrictions in religious activities than foreigners "- says hieromonk Seraphim.

The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) expressed his appreciation to fr. Seraphim for this missionary work.


06 July 2012

NEW PRIEST FOR THAILAND AND CAMBODIA.

In Tomsk at the Theophany Cathedral the Most Reverend archbishop Rostislav of Tomsk and Asino ordained deacon Alexey Golovin as priest on July 1, 2012.

With His Eminence’s blesing and coordination with the Head of the Moscow Patriarchate’ Department of Foreign Institutions, archbishop Mark of Yegorievsk considered the request of the representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, for fr. Alexey temporarily assigned in the Kingdom of Thailand.

The Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand is considering the appointment of fr. Alexey Golovin as a priest at the Holy Trinity Church on Phuket, as well as regular pastoral care of Orthodox believers in Cambodia.

At the end of a three-month trial period in Thailand, fr. Alexey could be presented to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia for permanent service in South-East Asia.

Fr. Alexey is expected in Thailand in August. After some training in Bangkok and Pattaya, he will go to Phuket. Fr. Alexy will be accompanied in Thailand by his family.

     
       ordination of deacon Alexey Golovin to priesthood              ordination of deacon Alexey Golovin to priesthood      
    Pictured: Deacon Alexy Golovin’s ordination to the priesthood.  
 

Help: Priest Alexey Golovin was born April 17, 1986 in Leninsk-Kuznetsk, Kemerovo region in a working class family. In 2003 he entered the Tomsk Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 2008. During his studies at the seminary he worked as a librarian. Throughout his study he participated in the publication of the newspaper "Tomsk Diocesan Gazette", and the medical publication, "To your health". He participated in the scientific presentations at the annual Cyril and Methodius Readings. In 2004, conducted classes for the course "The Orthodox feasts and fasts," with students at Tomsk State Medical University.

In 2008, in memory of St. Theodore, archbishop Rostislav of Tomsk and Asino tonsured him a reader. In 2008 he entered the St. Petersburg Theological Academy. In 2009, he married Maria Mikhailovna Kamysheva. From 2009 to 2011 he was an administrative assistant in the Gatchina Deanery of the St. Petersburg Diocese.

In 2011 he was ordained deacon by archbishop Rostislav of Tomsk and Asino, and this year he was appointed to the parish of the Vladimir's Icon of Mother of God. He conducted catechist talks with those who want to take the sacrament of baptism. In 2011, his family had a daughter, Sofia. In 2011 he was an assistant in the diocesan administration and participated in the editorial board of "Tomsk diocesan statements." In 2011 he enrolled in the graduate department of psychology at the Tomsk State University, specialty "Psychology of innovation".

July 1, 2012 he was ordained priest for pastoral ministry in the Kingdom of Thailand.


01 July 2012

Progress in construction of the second Orthodox church in Pattaya.

The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) made ​​an inspection trip to the province of Chonburi, to see the construction of the second Orthodox temple in Pattaya, Thailand. This temple will be dedicated to the Protection of the Mother of God. The new temple is being built in the southern part of the territory of the so-called «Russian village» «Baan Dusit Pattaya Lake». 

   
      Construction of Protection Church in Pattaya, Chonburi Province (July 2012)     
   In the picture: Construction of Protection Church in Pattaya, Chonburi Province (July 2012).  

Accompanying archimandrite Oleg was the Chairman of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation, priest Daniel Wanna, the project architect for the temple, and a construction engineer, responsible for the temple’s completion along with senior staff of the village’s administration. All were available to answer fr. Oleg’s questions. During the inspection, archimandrite Oleg made some changes with the agreement of the architect and construction engineer. This included a church baptistery with a font for the baptism of adults.

Fr. Daniel noted that the Orthodox Church in Thailand Foundation has already ordered and financed the construction of the temple dome, which will be ready in July. The builders assured fr. Daniel that the Protection temple will be completed within the next four months. Then it will be possible to complete the interior. 

Archimandrite Oleg praised the progress and quality of construction of the temple. He expressed his hope for the new church’s consecration this year.


26 June 2012

A U.S. citizen receives the Orthodox Faith.

Before Divine Liturgy in the church of the Holy Trinity on Phuket, hieromonk Seraphim (Raicea) received into the Orthodox Church from the Roman Catholic confession the U.S. citizen, John Edward Salmon III through Holy Chrismation.

Mr. John Edward Salmon III was raised in a traditional Irish-American Catholic family. Currently, he has lived in Thailand for over six years. For a year, John had some catechesis from hieromonk Seraphim (Raicea). In his conversion to Orthodoxy, he has taken the name John in honor of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian.

   
      The reception of Mr. John Edward Salmon into the Orthodox Church     
   In the picture: The reception of Mr. John Edward Salmon into the Orthodox Church.  

21 June 2012

Reception at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand to mark the 115th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Russia.

At the invitation of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, Dr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), accompanied by his assistant Eugeniy Shinkarev attended a reception at the Thai Foreign Ministry, arranged to mark the 115th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Russia.

  The official part of the evening was hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom, Dr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul and Russia's Ambassador to Thailand Mr. A.G. Maryasov, who praised the bilateral state relations between Thailand and Russia, recounting the stages of their historical development.

The festivities also included ballet performances of the Bangkok City Ballet and the Thai Institute of Culture and Arts (Bunditpatanasilpa Institute).

Fr. Oleg held a series of consultations on issues of church-state relations and the spiritual care of the flock in Thailand.


10 June 2012

Patronal Feast of All Saints Church in Pattaya.

In Pattaya, a festal Liturgy celebrated the patronal feast of the temple – the Sunday of All Saints. Divine Liturgy was officiated by the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin). Despite many having taken their holiday outside of Thailand, the temple was crowded. Many of the congregation partook of the Holy Mysteries of Christ. Fr. Oleg congratulated the congregation upon their feast day, and wished them health and prosperity. After Liturgy in the parish refectory, fr. Oleg spoke about the future prospects of development of Orthodoxy in Thailand.

     
      Patronal Feast of All Saints Church in Pattaya            Patronal Feast of All Saints Church in Pattaya     
   in the picture: Patronal Feast of All Saints Church in Pattaya.  

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