With the blessing of Archpriest Vladimir Vilgerts, on Sunday 17th November, 2013, after Divine Liturgy, our parishioner, Elena Grigoryeva, spoke to the Cathedral congregation about a visit that she and Head Sister Sofia Michailidou had recently made to the Dominican Republic. There they had visited the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia mission in Puerto Plata, dedicated to the Kazan Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God, where they met the mission priest, Fr. Rafael Martinez Gonzalez and his congregation. Elena spoke movingly of how the Dominican mission is spiritually rich, yet materially very poor. Although neither Fr. Rafael nor his people had asked Elena and Sofia for anything, other than their prayers, Elena and Sofia were determined to ask our parish to help our Orthodox brothers and sisters in the Dominican Republic. As a result of their moving appeal, a plate-collection yielded £850 that is being sent immediately to Fr Rafael for the benefit of his missionary endeavours.
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