Eminence Metropolitan Laurus Visits His Homeland
Last week, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, along with Protodeacon
Victor Lochmatov and Subdeacon Nicholas Olhovsky visited the town
of Ladomirovo, where from the 1920's until the mid-1940's, the print
shop of the Brotherhood of St Job of Pochaev operated, founded by
Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko, +1960) of blessed memory. At the present
time, the former monastery church, decorated by the famous icon-painter
Archimandrite Kyprian (Pyzhov, +2002), is a parish church.
Behind the altar, the following monastic brethren lie in repose:
Hegumen Savva (Struve), the brother of Fr Kyprian, Hieromonk Grigory
and others. Here His Eminence performed a pannikhida for the late
monks, and also for his own parents who are buried in the nearby
His Eminence visited the churches and holy sites of Bardeov, Svidnik,
Stropkov and other towns. The rector of Stropkov is Protopriest
Petr Cuper, who studied at the local school together with His Eminence.
Vladyka Metropolitan was greeted warmly and lovingly everywhere
he went. On May 16, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus visited the
Carpathian Cathedral and the Diocesan Administrative Building, also
home to a seminary. His Eminence was greeted by Protopriest Aleksandr
Cap, Secretary of Metropolitan Nikolai of Czechia and Slovakia,
the Archbishop of Carpathia and representatives of the Carpathian
Metropoliate. At the present time, His Eminence Metropolitan Nikolai
is resting with relatives due to illness, where His Eminence Metropolitan
Laurus paid him a fraternal visit.
His Eminence Metropolitan Nikolai asked the Metropolitan Laurus'
prayers for the Lord to return him to service in the cathedral and
in his archpastoral duties.
On the last day of his visit to Slovakia, His Eminence Metropolitan
Laurus offered a formal reception to honor his relatives, organized
with the help of Protodeacon Victor and Mikhail Shkurla, His Eminence's
brother. At the reception, His Eminence was greeted by the former
Consul of Czechoslovakia to Canada, I.I. Gumenniuk, who is a relative
of Vladyka Metropolitan, and by a multitude of other guests. At
the conclusion, His Eminence Vladyka touchingly welcomed all those
in attendance, and shared his recollections of his youth in Carpathian
On May 18, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus and his escorts departed
for Bratislava, whence he will go to Vienna, then Brussels, where
His Eminence expects to officiate at the celebrations at the Royal
New Martyrs Memorial Church.