On dated 14th December 2015 with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION of Eastern America and New York, FIRST HIERARCH of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia representative of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox mission Fr. Cyril Amer and Matushka Imma started Sunday school children took keen interest in orthodox teaching in the end Fr. Cyril offered prayer service for faithful in St. Sergius Parish Sargodha.
On dated 29th November 2015 with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad representative of St. Michael the Archangel orthodox mission Fr. Cyril attended 2nd convocation of North western Theological seminary on invitation of Bishop Geferson Tasleem Ghauri, Father Cyril is visitor Lecturer in this seminary and teach about orthodox faith ritual and rite.
On dated 16th Nov, 2015 FTNC arrange awareness program for Promotion of democracy through vote, mostly the members of nomadic community have not national ID cards so they are not able to cast their vote and even not able to register birth records of their children’s in Union council or in cantonment board. This is very important that citizen of Pakistan no mater they are nomadic or not but must have their national id cards so that they can get benefit of Governments relief programmes. Rev Cyril and Matushka Imma Binish Chair person of (FTNC) welcomed to the honourable guests and Rev. Cyril explain why FTNC took initiative to start school in this community. FTNC invited spokesperson Madam Rubina Feroz Bhatti (Nobal Prize) and General Secretary of Taang Wasaib Org. She share with the community importance of registration of ID cards and explain briefly how they can register their children record and promised, that she will try her best to talk with authorities so they can send registration van in community. Brother Paul Bhatti Principal of Sargodha Catholic High School was the chief guest of the Program he congratulate FTNC Team for starting first Nomadic school System in Sargodha and encourage parents to send their children in School on regular basis. On this occasion Brother Paul Bhatti Principal of Sargodha Catholic High School promised that he will give free admission to the students of Nomadic community in Sargodha Catholic High school. In the end Mr. Zimarn thanks to the honourable guest and the nomadic community.
The Community of Russian Orthodox Church of Pakistan strongly condemn Paris attacks in which 129 people lost their lives. May God grant eternal rest to the departed souls and give courage to the family to accept this big lose. Let us continue our struggle for the promotion of peace, tolerance and social harmony in the whole world.
On request of Nomadic community mission team recently visited them and in respect of their deep desire and surrey Mission has started Nomadic school system Pakistan for children and adults of Nomadic community. Father Cyril Amer Chairman of Focus the Nation Concern Pakistan and Mr. Zimran started teaching classes on daily basis. We plead for your holy prayers and support to promote education in Pakistan, for further information feel free to contact. Fr.firstname.lastname@example.org
On dated 10th November, 2015 representative of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox mission Pakistan, Fr. Cyril Amer along with orthodox youth mission team visited Nomadic community residing in Sargodha reign on request of Nomadic community. The community plead to orthodox church that like other missionary school why not orthodox church start school for their deprived and neglected community orthodox mission team visit them and met with families and children’s to know their desire and will. We really inspired and touched that almost every children have desire to get education and become doctor, engineer, politician and teacher they want to change their life through education. Orthodox mission have decided to open Nomadic school system for Nomadic community. We plead for your holy prayers and support to promote education in Pakistan, for further information feel free to contact. Fr.email@example.com
Your Eminence, for five years now you have led the Russian Church Abroad as part of a united Russian Orthodox Church. What have these years of union given us?
Turning back, I think: Where do I begin? I can say this: the annual return to her homeland of our Protectress—the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign”—and the pilgrimages throughout the various dioceses of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and this year it will go to Vladivostok and Japan for the first time.
I can talk about the teachers, the monks and priests who came from Russia, Ukraine, enriching our Orthodox traditions. This exchange is continuing, and expanding. Hundreds of students and young people who go to Russia and the CIS not only to meet other youth but to do real work—restoring Russian holy sites in Solovki and Tikhvin, for instance.
I could tell you about the publications, films, returned archival documents. Or about the all-diaspora conferences, joint youth pilgrimages… The marriages, and now their own offspring who are born on various continents. You can read all about this on the Internet. But this could not have happened without our joint prayer at the Divine Altar, without the spiritual enrichment of Eucharistic communion with the Mother Church, her episcopacy, clergymen and laity. Naturally, we might have differing points of view in some matters. It is important that the unity of our Church exist exclusively on the foundation of Truth and purity. That is why the reestablishment of prayerfully communion within the Russian Church, the fifth anniversary of which we celebrated last year, is in our opinion an historic event, and the most important one in recent decades.
Recently you ordained priests for communities in Pakistan…
– I’ve never been to Pakistan myself: I paid heed to warning of the danger of being Orthodox and a foreigner, so three Pakistanis were ordained in Sri Lanka. Fr Adrian Augustus travels to Pakistan from Australia. Pakistan is the second most-populated Muslim nation in the world after Indonesia. About 4 percent of the population there is Christian: half are Catholic, the other half Anglican.
Fr Adrian (before baptism Vishal Augustus) the dean and the spiritual father of the Pakistani community, was born in northern India, in the city of Lucknow, and studied in a Catholic school. He grew disillusioned with Catholicism and converted to Anglicanism, but did not notice much of a difference between them and began to study Orthodox Christianity on the internet. He wrote to me and we began corresponding. Since there are no Orthodox churches in India, I invited him to come to Australia and live at a parish in order to be infused with Orthodoxy. In Sydney I baptized him with the name Adrian, and he prayed in our churches, then he took theological classes. After my election as First Hierarch, he came to New York and was soon ordained a deacon, and now serves as a priest in Australia. On weekdays, as is the case with many of our priests, Fr Adrian holds a secular job in one of Sydney’s banks.
During his first visit to Pakistan, Fr Adrian baptized 174 people, and holds pastoral courses for newly-ordained clergymen during visits there and via the internet, and the local clerics teach catechism for adults and Sunday schools for children. Three local Pakistanis have already been ordained to the priesthood. Priests Joseph, Anthony and Cyrill had studied in a Catholic seminary before conversion to Orthodoxy.
Fr Adrian recently acquired a parcel of land for a church, established a missionary fund for aid to new Christians, collecting money for the construction of a church in Sargodha.
Among the recently baptized are Iranians and Afghanis. In India, zealous Christians have also established communities, study catechism via the internet, and those who wish to convert to Orthodox Christianity are awaiting a priest. Such countries which are so remote to Orthodoxy are greatly helped by the internet, giving them the opportunity to find needed information and contacts, read theological literature and the works of the Holy Fathers.