Thanks from a Youth Conference Participant

January 1, 2013

RACS

300 Anza St

San Francisco, CA 94118

Thanks to RACS I was able to attend the 2012 6th annual St. Herman’s West Conference in Seattle, Washington. The conference was blessed to have the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon present. The Icon was with us during church services and lectures. Some participants were even lucky enough to hold the Icon for a lengthy amount of time. I was given this rare and blessed opportunity. We started and ended our day with prayer before the Mother of God.

The theme of the youth conference was the celebration of the 5th anniversary of the reunification of the Russian Orthodox Church. The lectures were very informative and on point. One particular talk given by Fr. Alexander Krassovsky mentioned your organization, RACS, and how much you have done for the Russian community. Fr. Alexander’s topic was about preserving our Russian traditions and culture outside of Russia and that working for an organization such as RACS is a perfect opportunity to help our fellow Russians.

But, one of the most memorable moments of this year’s conference would have to be our trip to Vashon Island to visit the All Merciful Savior Orthodox Monastery and the abbot, Fr. Tryphon. The island monastery is very peaceful and gave me a detailed insight into monastic life.

Once again, I would like to thank RACS for giving me this opportunity to attend the youth conference. Because of your sponsorship, I was able to meet and socialize with Russian Orthodox youth and clergy of our diocese, and to attend lectures on topics very relevant to our youth of today. I now understand how important it is to keep our culture and traditions alive for future generations because we are the future.

 

Sincerely,

Anthony Triantafillidis

 

Photos from WAD Youth Committee

 

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