Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, 1st Hierarch of the Russian Church Outside Russia, reposed in the Lord Monday, May 16th, 2022 at 2:00 PM. The late Metropolitan was very close to us and our parish. He ordained both myself and Fr. Christopher to the diaconate and priesthood. He provided his personal witness and blessing, supporting our parish in its forward looking development. We possess and treasure his last personal blessing, written in the midst of his ever-increasing struggle with his affliction.
Vladyka once told me that, if he could not completely imitate the ascetic example of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, he could at least attempt to follow his example in being among his flock the world over through his travels. Although obviously accepting his situation with characteristic humility and joy in following God's will, it must have been a disappointment that he could no longer be physically among his world-wide flock. It is among my treasured memories to have been with him in Australia in Canberra in 2014 for a choir conference. Since I could not drive there, I may be among a very few that had the Metropolitan as my driver! I was surprised and happy to see his almost boyish joy at being among his Australian flock.
According to projected plans, Metropolitan Hilarion's successor will be selected in September. Let us continue to remember his pure soul in our prayers for his rest.
- Archpriest George Johnson
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From 'St John of Shanghai and San Francisco, Zealous Builder of Churches'
Everywhere he went he either oversaw the building of churches or supported the same with his attention and prayers... He wrote about the godly work of building churches:
"In building churches here on earth, we create for ourselves eternal habitations in heaven."