Moscow, February 14, 2022
Fr. George Maximov with priests and parishioners of the Russian Church's African Exarchate. Photo: Telegram
After two weeks of visiting communities and serving throughout Kenya, Fr. George Maximov has moved on to Uganda. Thus, Metropolitan Leonid, the Russian Church’s Exarch of Africa summed up the results of Fr. George’s activity over the weekend.
Notably, 95 Orthodox priests in Kenya have decided to join the Moscow Patriarchate’s newly established African Exarchate, and the documents and biographies of another 10 are currently being examined, according to the Metropolitan.
As OrthoChristian previously reported, this number includes the overwhelming majority of priests from Alexandria’s Kisumu Diocese.
Fr. George visited 12 cities and villages, held 10 general clergy meetings and 7 private meetings, and served 3 Liturgies with a number of priests, in additional to molebens and panikhidas. Conversations were held with Protestant pastors and parishioners who have expressed an interest in becoming Orthodox, and with a priest of a schismatic Old Calendarist group who is interested in joining the Church.
150 Swahili prayer books, more than 200 icons, and more than 2,000 crosses were distributed, as well an antimens pectoral crosses, and Chrism for priests.
The Exarchate also established a number of commissions in Kenya: translation, missionary, educational, Sunday School, pastoral, health, Orthodox women’s movements, and youth, each with a priest in charge.
Meanwhile, Patriarch Theodoros has warned Fr. George and Fr. Andrei Novikov, who has been serving in Tanzania, that they will face canonical sanctions if they don’t stop serving on the territory of the Patriarchate of Alexandria.
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