Metropolitan Silouan Visits the Diocese of Wichita
On the Feast of the Holy Greatmartyr George, Bright Wednesday, April 23rd, The Most Rev. Metropolitan Silouan of Buenos Aires and all Argentina and Patriarchal Vicar for our Archdiocese of North America, visited the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America (DOWAMA) for the patronal feast of our Diocesan Cathedral of St. George, and to bless DOWAMA's newly-acquired St. Silouan Monastery House.
Upon His Eminence's arrival to Wichita (straight from Buenos Aires!) he was feted at a luncheon hosted at the Wichita Chancery and attended by the priests and deacons of Wichita's three parishes: St. George Cathedral, St. Mary Church, and St. Michael Church. A large number of clergy and laity were at the Cathedral to receive His Eminence when he arrived for Paschal Vespers that evening. They were moved by his homily following the service and enchanted by his remarks and the open dialogue that he encouraged during a paschal repast in the Cathedral's fellowship hall.
The next morning a large crowd gathered for Paschal Orthros and a concelebrated Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, and the brunch which followed. That afternoon His Eminence visited several ministries: the Cathedral's Christ the Savior Academy, the Tree House, Eighth Day Books, St. Mary Church, and the 14-acre property in nearby Kechi which is the future site of the Sacred Monastery of St. Silouan the Athonite. A dinner was hosted in honor of His Eminence that night.
Metropolitan Silouan departed Wichita on Thursday morning for visits to DOWAMA's metro-Houston parishes, praying Paschal Vespers at St. George Church and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Joseph Church. Many and sincere thanks to the hosting committees in both Wichita and Houston.
(Photo credits: Rdr. Thomas (Mark) Buchman)