All-Merciful Saviour Monastery needs help to purchase a vehicle not just for basic transportation but Abbot Tryphon provides chaplain services to the Island's population, consoling families of all faiths in emergencies. A full story below. For now we ask for small donations of $20 per person to complete this vehicle purchase. Thank you
Dear Reverend Fathers, Clergy and Laity of the Western American Diocese,
I am writing with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill to appeal for your assistance with an important need that has arisen at one of our monasteries. The need is immediate, and we hope is something that we can help to meet swiftly.
The primary car used by All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island has died permanently, leaving Abbot Tryphon, Hieromonk Paul and Monk Moses extremely hindered in their transportation. Though the monastery is beautifully remote, it exercises special missionary work for which a car is essential. Father Tryphon answers calls 24/7 as a chaplain for the whole island, which is 36.99 sq miles (95.8 km²), working together with the police and fire services (last year being called to console some 67 victims and their families); and he often visits schools and colleges on the mainland to speak about Orthodoxy — especially to young people.
None of this is possible without a car. Fortunately, a reliable Toyota van with very low mileage (51 thousand miles) and in excellent condition has been located, available for immediate purchase for only $14,630.00. Some $10,100.00 has already come in from donors who have heard of this need directly, but we are issuing a special appeal through the Diocese to help the monastery with the purchase of this automobile, which will benefit and bless their work for years to come.
PLEASE CAN YOU CONSIDER HELPING, either at a personal or parish level, in supporting our northernmost monastic community in this way? Donations in ANY amount are welcome, but especially larger amounts that will help us reach the total quickly, so that purchase and payment of the car can be accomplished while it is still available.
To assist with this special appeal, RACS (Russian American Community Services, based in San Francisco) has partnered with the Diocese and made a PayPal button available on its web site (www.racssf.org), where you can donate on-line right now. Alternatively, you can send checks into the Diocese at 598 15th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118. Please mark 'Vashon Island Car Appeal' in the memo line — and we will make sure every penny is passed along to the monastery immediately. In all cases (whether you write a cheque or donate on-line), your donations are tax deductible as both the Monastery and the Diocese are 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organizations.
On behalf of the Diocesan administration, I'm very grateful in advance to the support I am trusting in God we will receive from this appeal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on (415) 412-5180.
FATHER RECTORS: PLEASE COULD YOU (WITH THE ARCHBISHOP'S BLESSING) NOTIFY YOUR PARISHES OF THIS APPEAL VIA AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE AMVON AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
INXC, Archimandrite Irenei
Dean for Monastic Life