Russian Church in Bangkok Recruiting Missionaries for the Philippines

The Dependency of the Russian Orthodox Church in Taiwan is to recruit young people who wish to bring the news of Christ to the Philippines. The Dependency Press Service stated that: ‘The Lord has now brought about extremely favourable conditions for such a witness in the Philippines, where thousands of people wish to join the Orthodox Church’. ‘Young people of both sexes who wish to do missionary work in the Philippines must be prepared to serve the Church with zeal and self-sacrifice, must have a profound faith and be loyal to the traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church and possess high moral qualities’. ‘The missionary must be ready to … [Read more...]

Another Citizen of Thailand Converts to Orthodox Christianity

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand and the Rector of St. Nicolas Church in Bangkok, has baptized a citizen of Thailand Apinya Pungsangsuwan. Apinya Pungsangsuwan was born in 1997 in the town of Samut Sakhorn into a family of a driver and a housewife. She has two sisters; she is currently living with her family in Bangkok and is studying in the graduation class of the Thesabanomnoi school. The girl wishes to continue her study at university and become a professional translator.About a year ago, Ms. Apinya independently became interested in Orthodoxy and started going to the St. Nicolas … [Read more...]

Open Arms: Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand Seen as Welcoming, Inclusive

The St. Nicolas Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church was established in Bangkok in 1999, with Oleg Cherepanin, a priest from Yaroslavl Diocese of Moscow Patriarchate, being appointed its rector. The church holds services in Old Slavic, Russian, English and Thai, and has an interesting mix of parishioners, belonging to various nationalities. Michel de Valliere was one of the first parishioners of the St. Nicolas Parish in Bangkok. He is French with Russian roots, and has been living with his Thai wife in Bangkok since 1999. His mother, Lydia, was born in Russia into the family of an Orthodox Priest. She escaped to France after the … [Read more...]

Orthodox Monastery Consecrated In Thailand

On February 9, 2012, Archbishop Mark of Yegoryevsk, director of the Moscow Patriarchate’s office for institutions abroad, who is on a visit to Thailand, consecrated the church dedicated to the Dormition of the Mother of God at the Monastery of the Dormition in Ratchaburi. With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Fr. Seraphim Raicha of St. Nicholas’s in Bangkok was ordained in the newly-consecrated church as hieromonk to continue his service in Thailand. Present at the service were pilgrims from various parishes in the country, officials of the Russian Embassy in Thailand and the head of the local … [Read more...]