Good Deeds Stories: An American Parish (VIDEO)

Source: Catalog of St. Elisabeth Convent (YouTube)

April 4, 2017

Fr. Matthew Williams, of St. Tikhon Orthodox Church in Bristol, VA, speaks about growing up in the Church, seminary, his family and parish, the legacy of Met. Laurus (Skurla), and more in this interview given at St. Elisabeth Convent in Minsk, Belarus.

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