On Monday, 1 December, 2014, the reburial of His Grace, Bishop Constantine (Jessensky), once Bishop of Richmond and Great Britain (1981 – 1986), was held at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, USA. Bishop Constantine fell asleep in the Lord on 31 May, 1996, at “Christ of the Hills” Monastery in Blanco, TX. The monastery’s abbot, Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), along with the brethren, took on all of the work in organizing the exhumation and transfer of the body to Holy Trinity Monastery, as well as preparing the reburial. At 1 p.m., the coffin with the hierarch’s body arrived at the Jordanville Cathedral, and was taken into the church to the peal of bells. Upon opening the casket, the gathered clergy, monastery brethren, seminarians, and faithful laity could see the hierarch’s incorrupt body, which was especially remarkable, explained Fr. Luke, considering that Bishop Constantine’s resting place had been entirely flooded, which had caused his former coffin and his vestments to be eaten away.
With the blessing of Archbishop Mark of Berlin, Germany and Great Britain (who succeeded Bishop Constantine as our diocesan bishop in 1986), our parish organized a collection of donations in order to contribute to the cost of transferring the remains of Bishop Constantine from Texas to Jordanville, New York – some £6,500. For this purpose, our generous clergy and parishioners have donated £1,250 to Holy Trinity Monastery. A letter of thanks from Abbot Luke is to be found on the parish noticeboard.
For a full report on the re-interment of Bishop Constantine, go to: