Dear Reverend Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We greet each and every one of you with the coming of Great and Holy Lent, when the Church calls us to prayer, fasting and the contemplation of our spiritual lives. Likewise, these are the days in which we try to be nicer and kinder to our loved ones and especially to all whom we encounter on a daily basis, as we are all made in the image and likeness of Christ.
It is at this time I would like to personally appeal to you all for your help with our St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund which has labored since 1954 by bringing some comfort and relief to our Orthodox poor and needy, struggling parishes, monasteries and Orthodox institutions around the world by sending some financial help and relief. This effort began by our first parish rector and vice-president of the Memorial Fund, the ever-memorable Mitered-Archpriest George Pavlusik (+1971) was instituted in imitation of the countless works of mercy of our St. John of Kronstadt, who dedicated his entire life not only in serving God and prayer, but also in the service of all the poor and needy he found all around him in Russia.
Frankly speaking, the response to our recent Christmas appeal was quite dismal to say the least, and it is not that we are trying to make any one feel bad, but if we are to continue this holy and vital task of helping the needy among our faithful, we need your help. We need your help with contributions and donations so that we may help others in greater need than any of us. Please help by sending in whatever alms you are able to so that this work may continue. We will be also happy to pray and commemorate your loved ones and yourselves, living and reposed. Please make your almsgiving to the Memorial Fund as part of your almsgiving and mercy to the poor during this holy season of Great Lent.
We also express our gratitude to all donors during this past year and also to those who continue to support our efforts over the decades.
May Our Saviour spiritually strengthen and uplift you all during this Great and Holy Lent!
With love in Our Lord,
Archpriest Michael Taratuchin, Rector of St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Church in Utica, New York, and Vice-President of the Memorial Fund.
Forgiveness / Cheesefare Sunday, February 2018.
Welcome to the website of the St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund, based in Utica, New York.
The St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund was established in 1954 by Archpriest
George Pavlusik and the St. John of Kronstadt parish, and it continues its great benevo-
lent work to this day by collecting donations and sending financial aid to needy parish-
es, monasteries, institutions and individuals in dire circumstances worldwide. In recent
years, financial aid has been sent to some orphanages in Russia. The Memorial Fund’s first
president was Archbishop Averky of Syracuse and Holy Trinity Monastery from 1954 to
1976, then from 1977 to 2008, Metropolitan Laurus of blessed memory, and currently His
Grace, Bishop Peter of Cleveland is the memorial fund’s president. Many, clergy and laity,
have labored for the Memorial Fund over the fifty-four years of its existence, in imitation
of St. John of Kronstadt, who brought help and relief to hundreds of thousands of his con-
temporaries. The fund continues this great legacy of love, being a source of help an relief to
many of the faithful in parishes, monasteries and institutions around the world. Everyone
is invited to join in this vital work began by our beloved patron saint, our Holy Righteous
John of Kronstadt. You, too, can help by becoming a member of the Memorial Fund and/
or by sending donations to the St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund in Utica, New York,
and thereby continue the great work of almsgiving as was practiced by St. John. Please join
us in this vital labor of love.
Make checks or
money orders payable to:
St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 56, Utica, NY