COLCHESTER: The Parish of St Helen


Traveling the United Kingdom as an Orthodox pilgrim, you just never know what you might find. There was a time when I wanted to start a mission in Charlotte, North Carolina and name it for St Helen. I was told that it would need to be named for Ss Constantine & Helen. Regardless, it never came to fruition. But, my youngest daughter, Helen will be happy to note that there is a parish named for [only] her patron saint in Colchester, England. Colchester has a rich history -- as does the Parish … [Read more...]

ESSEX: Monastery of St John the Baptist


I was blessed to spend eight days at the Monastery of St John the Baptist in Essex, which was founded by Fr Sophrony (Sakharov). There are no pictures, below, of the iconography within the various temples on the monastery grounds for several reasons: 1) digital images, outside of context and setting, would not do justice; 2) pictures were discouraged; 3) it just didn't seem right. BUT, here are some images of the monastery grounds (and famous cats).Click images to enlarge. … [Read more...]

WALSINGHAM: Pilgrimage to the Slipper Chapel


More pics from the UK.Previous editions: One, Two, Three, Four.Click images to enlarge. … [Read more...]

ARMAGH: Patrick, Patrick, and Dobby?

Air B&B accommodations.  Fab or what?

Today I traveled back to England from Ireland; here are some scenes from yesterday's jaunt to Armargh, the See of Patrick. My driver was my host, Mary accompanied by her dog, Bailey.Earlier galleries: Glastonbury-1, Glastonbury-2, and Downpatrick.Click pics to enlarge. … [Read more...]