Foundation Laid for a New Parish Center
On Sunday, 2 June the foundation
was laid for a new Russian Orthodox Parish Center at the church
of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Worker in Frankfurt-am-Main. Bishop
Agapit of Stuttgart officiated at the ceremony. Present were
representatives of the municipality and of society and a multitude
The Parish Center will be built near the church of St. Nicholas
in the Hausen district.
The parish rector, Protopriest Dimitri Ignatiev, feels that
the need to begin building is long overdue.
Over the last ten years the number of parishioners has been
rapidly growing: over 300 churchgoers attended the last Paschal
liturgy, though the capacity of the church is only 200. Fr.
Dimitri thinks that the Orthodox population of Frankfurt-am-Main
is 3,000. The Orthodox Center will include a 100-person parish
school, where children will study Russian, Russian culture
and the fundamentals of Orthodoxy. Until recently, classes
were held on Saturdays in one of the municipal schools. A
youth group will also use the Center.
According to Fr. Dimitri, the financing for the construction
will be solely through donations from parishioners.