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NEW YORK: June 30, 2011
Archdeacon Eugene Burbelo is Honoredat the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign

On Sunday, June 26, 2011, the second Sunday of Pentecost and the feast day of All Russian Saints, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, celebrated Divine Liturgy at the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign in New York. Joining him were His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada and His Grace Bishop Jerome of Manhattanm, along with the Cathedrals clergymen.

After Liturgy, Vladyka Hilarion announced that Archdeacon Eugene Burbelo, having served devotedly and piously under the Primates of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia over the course of 56 years, had submitted a request to retire. The First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad expressed the profound gratitude of the hierarchy to Fr Eugene and invoked Divine blessings upon him, and gave him a parting gift.

At the formal reception that followed, held in a familial atmosphere, many warm words were spoken and speeches read in honor of Archdeacon Eugene and his wife, Klavdia Pavlovna.

Archdeacon Eugene Burbelo was ordained to the deaconate on November 20, 1955, by Metropolitan Anastassy (Gribanovsky, +1965) of blessed memory in order to serve at the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign in New York. In November, 2005, during the celebration of his 50 years of service, Metropolitan Laurus of blessed memory elevated Fr Eugene to the rank of archdeacon.

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Photo: Andrei Muraviev

A photo-report on the event is posted on the official website of the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign.