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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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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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16 June 2013

Thai citizen embraced Orthodoxy.

On Sunday June 16th archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in Thailand, administered a Sacrament of Baptism over Ms. Hataipat Phungpumkaew. She took a Christian name of Daria, in honor of St. martyr Daria of Rome.

For the last 6 months Hataipat has been a regular parishioner at St. Nicholas church in Bangkok and a student of Orthodox faith. One of the important steps in her joining the Church was reading a Thai translation of Law of God, a famous Christian book by archpriest Serafim Slobodsky.

At the same day Daria took part in the Communion. Archimandrite Oleg congratulated the newly baptized member and presented her with an icon of the Savior and the Mother of God.

Hataipat Phungpumkaew was born in Chiang Mai in lawyers' family. Earned a Bachelor's degree in Politics from Chiang Mai University and a Master's in Tourism and City Planning from Oxford Brooks University. She currently works in medical business development. Before becoming an Orthodox, Hataipat professed Buddhism, the national religion of Thailand.


13 June 2013

New Orthodox church opened on Samui island.

By the blessing of Mark, archbishop of Yegorievsk, the Head of the Department for Foreign Institutions of Moscow Patriarchate, a new church was consecrated on Ascension day, June 13, on Samui island, Suratthani prov.

All-night vigil service in Ascension church before the consecration All-night vigil service in Ascension church before the consecration
In the photo: All-night vigil in Ascension church before the consecration.

Celebratory service was ministered by archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand. He was assisted by priest Danai (Daniel) Wanna, Chairman of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation, and priest Alexey Golovin, current priest in charge of the new Ascension church. Not only Samui residents, but also vising believers from Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya joined in prayers, including those who donated for the new church. Local Thai people came to see the Orthodox service as well.

In the evening before the consecration, priest Alexey served the all-night vigil in front of the closed Altar Gates. In the morning right before the Liturgy, prayers for the blessing of water were made and all the church was besprinkled with it. Many of the believers took part in the Communion. After the Liturgy a procession was held around the building and the church exterior besprinkled as well.

Father Oleg congratulated everyone with double joy – feast of Ascension and opening of the new church. He noted that special providence lead to the creating of new Samui church, through the works and sacrifices of donors, as well as prayers of all the believers in Thailand and in other countries. He also said he hopes that priest Alexey will further strengthen Orthodox community on the island, and will make the church an important local spiritual and cultural center.

It took three years to build the new church on Samui and now many consider it one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches in Thailand. The church also has a special facility for administering baptism and grounds for various parish activities.

Ascension Church on Samui island
In the photo: Ascension Church on Samui island.

Priest Danai Wanna, on behalf of the Foundation of the Orthodox Church in Thailand, gave priest Alexey keys of a new car that was presented to the new parish by the Foundation. Father Alexey said that grounds for Sunday school classes and parish choir rehearsals are ready now.

After the service all those present were invited to a banquet.

There are still some imperfections left for contractors to finish, but the main goal – having a place for regular Divine Liturgies on Samui – is already achieved.

It is planned that in December, when archbishop Mark of Yegorievsk will be visiting Thailand, he will carry out Greater Consecration of the new church (a final consecration rite that requires a bishop to perform it).


11 June 2013

Visiting the Russian Independence Day celebration banquet.

Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) and his assistant Dr. Vladimir Buntilov were invited to the celebration by A.G. Maryasov, Ambassador of Russia to Thailand. Archimandrite Oleg used the opportunity to discuss some questions, important for Orthodoxy in the Kingdom, with Russian diplomacy workers and Thai officials.

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand; Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Thailand A.G. Maryasov; and general-mayor Katcha Thartsart, Head of the Police Office of Chonburi province at the National Day of Russia celebration
In the photo: Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand; Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Thailand A.G. Maryasov; and general-mayor Katcha Thartsart, Head of the Police Office of Chonburi province at the National Day of Russia celebration.


09 June 2013

Building new St. Nicholas church in Bangkok

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, visited construction site of the new St.Nicholas church in Bangkok, to see current progress of the works. His general judgment was most positive: the work is going on according to schedule and it's quality is sufficiently high. Father Oleg sent a newsletter with the latest photos of new church to all those who donated for it. He thanked all of them and said: «If God grants, at the end of this year we will be able to start services in the new church and pray urgently for everyone, who helped it come into being».

Current progress of the building the new St. Nicholas church in Bangkok (June 2013) Current progress of the building the new St. Nicholas church in Bangkok (June 2013)
In the photo: Current progress of the building the new St. Nicholas church in Bangkok (June 2013).

08 June 2013

Ascension Church almost finished on Samui island.

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, visited newly built Ascension Church on Koh Samui in Suratthani province to see how it is being prepared for consecration and first regular services, that are about to start on June 13, the day of Chirst's Ascension to Heaven.

Father Oleg admitted that the church is ready for services and said that he will personally lead the celebrations on June 13. He also gave to the current priest in charge of the parish, father Alexey Golovin, a Holy Antimension (altar cloth with a relic of a saint) that was consecrated by Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

However, father Oleg noted that the contractors did not finish housing facilities by the church according to the schedule. It will take two more weeks to get them ready, creating some difficulties for the priest that will be serving in the new church. The foreman of the building was issued an official reproof and building company had to pay a fine for the lag, according to the contract.


05 June 2013

The meeting with Chonburi governor

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, visited Chonburi province administration, where had a meeting with Komsan Ekachai, Chonburi's governor. During a constructive dialog, father Oleg told the official about the life of Russian-speaking community of the province (mostly located in Pattaya), about current problems and ways to solve them. Both sides put precise questions and received clear answers. Russian business people and a vice-consul of Russia in Thailand Alexey Falunin also took part in the meeting.

Father Oleg presented Mr. Ekachai with St. Nicholas medal, that was awarded to the governor by St. Nicholas Foundation in Moscow, for his work in strengthening the friendship between the nations.

The meeting with Chonburi governor
In the photo: The meeting with Chonburi governor

26 May 2013

Thai citizen accepted into Orthodoxy.

After the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas parish in Bangkok, archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, performed a ritual of accepting Anuson Boontim, 24 y.o., into Orthodox Church.

Anuson was previously baptized in the anglican church, so his acceptance into Orthodoxy did notrequire baptism. After denouncing Protestantism and firmly confessing Orthodox teaching he was accepted into the Church via the Sacrament of Anointing. He was given a Christian name of Anatoly, in honor of St. Anatoly of Nikodimia (feast on 23 April / 06 May).

This concluded Anuson's 6-month long catechesis with priest Danai (Daniel) Wanna. During that time Anuson has been a regular parishioner of St. Nicholas church and visitor to Dormition monastery in Ratchaburi, where he has been carrying out different household tasks. After joining Orthodoxy, Anatoly received the Holy Communion and was warmly congratulated by other members of the Church, who made a celebratory dinner in his honor. In line with parish tradition, father Oleg presented Anuson with the icon of Saviour and said that he hopes to see further spiritual growth of the convert. Anatoly expressed his gratitude to everyone and asked father Oleg that he may be sent to Spiritual Academy in St.Petersburg, since he would like to become an Orthodox priest.

Anuson Boontim, Anatoly in Orthodoxy, after the acceptance into the Orthodox Church
Anuson Boontim, Anatoly in Orthodoxy, after the acceptance into the Orthodox Church.

Mr. Anuson Boontim was born on June 14th 1989 in Ubon Ratchathani province of Thailand, in a farmers' family that follows Buddhism. He has a younger sister and two younger brothers, who study in elementary school.

After graduating from middle school he was working in the province, first in a city hotel, then as a hand on his parents' farm.

In 2011 he moved to Bangkok and started working as a security person in a housing complex.

In 2001 Anuson became interested in Christianity and came to the anglican church, where he was later baptized. Further studies of Church history led him to the conclusion that Orthodoxy is the true Church, that has kept ancient bases of the faith.


19 May 2013

New Orthodox Church in Hua Hin will bear the name of Holy Royal Martyrs.

Orthodox Christians of Thailand decided on the name for a new church that is planned to be built in Hua Hin. Clerics and parishioners agreed to consecrate it in the name of Holy Royal Martyrs.

The reasons for the choice were:

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, supported the believers in their decision and sent it to the church authority for confirmation.

During the discussion, parish council of Trinity Church on Phuket offered that, if the new church will take the name of Royal Martyrs, the revered icon of St. Princes Tatyana could be given to it. The icon is currently stored in Phuket Church and holds a true baptismal cross of the Princess. Also, one of the parishioners is planning to give to the new church the icon of Protection of Mother of God, that comes from Tzarskoye Selo, a summer residence of Romanov dynasty before the Revolution. Both items were legally bought from private collections in the USA.

Sacred objects from A. Hummer collection, planned to be transferred to Hua Hin church Sacred objects from A. Hummer collection, planned to be transferred to Hua Hin church Sacred objects from A. Hummer collection, planned to be transferred to Hua Hin church
Sacred objects from A. Hummer collection, planned to be transferred to Hua Hin church.

15 May 2013

A plot of land bought for a new church in Hua Hin

Representation of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand and Fund for Orthodox Church in Thailand considered a request by believers of Hua Hin (Prachuap Khiri Khan province)––to build an Orthodox Church in this popular resort town.

People of the Representation surveyed the position of Orthodox believers in the area, negotiated with local government and tourist authorities and studied numbers of tourists from Orthodox countries coming to Hua Hin, as well as expected growth of these numbers in years to come. The fact that Orthodox Christians in Hua Hin currently have to travel more than 120 km to the nearest church in Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi was also taken into account. The decision was made to:

- buy for the ownership of the Fund for Orthodox Church in Thailand a land plot in Hua Hin up to 800 square meters in size and, with the blessing of the hierarchy, to start building a new church. Approximate building time-line is years 2013-2014.

According to the decision, father Danai (Daniel) Vanna, Chairman of the Fund for Orthodox Church in Thailand visited Hua Hin on May15 and concluded the deal of buying the land plot.

Approximate budget of the building project is 12,000,000 ТНВ (about 400,000 USD).

This project will not affect the progress of St. Nicholas Church construction in Bangkok, which is the main strategic task for Orthodox Representation at the moment. The funds reserved for the new Bangkok church are kept in a separate bank account and cannot be used for any other expenses.

It is still being discussed, which saint or a sacred event should give the name to the new church in Hua Hin. Local believers did not consent about it yet.

Resort town of Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan province
Resort town of Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan province

09 May 2013

Victory Day celebrated in Thailand.

By the blessing of archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, Russian business community organized major festivities on important Russian high-day of May 9th, the anniversary of the victory in the Second World War in 1945. As usually on this day, veterans of Great Patriotic War were invited from Russia and 10-day vacation in Pattaya was funded for them by sponsors. On May 9th thanksgiving prayers were made in All Saints Church in Pattaya and panikhida sung for all who died in the war. In the evening a concert and a banquet were made in one of the best hotels of Pattaya. Speakers from Russian Embassy, Thai Government and Tourist Authority attended the festivities to hail veterans.

In his speech to veterans and all the people, father Oleg marked great heroic deeds of the people in achieving the Victory and said that all generations coming after the war are in eternal debt before those who fought in it.

For his good standing with Russian-speaking community in Thailand, mayor of Pattaya Ithiphol Khunplume received St. Nicholas medal from St. Nicholas Foundation in Moscow. The award was presented to him by monk-priest Mikhail (Chepel). Festivities were concluded by bright fireworks.

People at Victory Day festivities in Pattaya
People at Victory Day festivities in Pattaya

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