NEW YORK: December 15, 2015
The First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad Congratulates Archbishop Evlogy of Sumy and Akhtyrka on the Opening of a Diocesan Seminary
To His Eminence EVLOGY,
Archbishop of Sumy and Akhtyrka
Your Eminence Vladyko!
Inspired by the best of intentions and the most profound fraternal and loving sentiments, on behalf of the Synod of Bishops, the clergymen and flock of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and also personally, I congratulate you on the establishment of a theological seminary in the diocese entrusted to you. I express my warmest regards, hoping that its noble mission would be rewarded with abundant spiritual fruits to the benefit of the entire flock of the Diocese of Sumy and Akhtyrka.
We send our heartfelt wishes for many years of flourishing service for this center of theological learning and pray God that He preserves it and blesses its efforts directed at developing Church life in Sumy and Akhtyrka, and that He strengthens the spiritual edification and education of your future pastors!
With a brotherly kiss, yours with love in the Lord,
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.