His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese urges all of our Orthodox faithful to offer prayers for the protection of the St. Herman of Alaska Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Platina, California. Wild fires are quickly approaching the Monastery grounds and the Monastery is in great danger of being burned down. The Monastic Community has been evacuated and are seeking refuge in the neighboring parish of Redding.
UPDATE: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 – 1:07 p.m.
A message from Fr. Damascene of the St. Herman Monastery to His Grace Bishop
Fr. Damascene informed His Grace that he called Platina this morning and was
told that the fire is not spreading in the direction of the Monastery. Fr.
Damascene and Monk Paisius have left to Platina to talk with firefighters and
forest rangers. The other monks will remain in Redding until further notice.
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