Meanwhile, in Brno

After nearly exactly seven years as a deacon, thirty years ago, on 8 December 1991, I was ordained priest by the ever-memorable Archbishop Antony of Geneva, successor of St John of Shanghai and Western Europe. Both of them were disciples of Metropolitan Antony (Khrapovitsky), after whom Archbishop Antony had been named. Present at my ordination was my dear Carpatho-Russian friend Fr Joseph Fejsak from Brno in the Czech Lands. Indeed, Fr Joseph gave me his old priest’s cross for my ordination.

Now we are both under persecution at the same time, though from different extremes. Unfortunately, Fr Joseph was not able to maintain the people’s ownership of his church in Brno, as we were in Colchester. Similar to us, however, the flock remained faithful in the face of persecution. Now we have heard this news. Please pray for him and his flock:

The faithful of the Church of St Viacheslav in the Moravian city of Brno (‘the Czech Birmingham’) gathered with their rector, Archpriest Joseph Fejsak, to celebrate the feast of the Entrance of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple on December 4. Instead of being allowed to pray, they were insulted, physically attacked, and driven out by thugs hired by the schismatic Bishop Isaiah (Slaninka) of Shumperk, who was sent by Patriarch Bartholomew of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and who has been on a long campaign to drive Fr Joseph out and steal the church from the Local Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia.

Fr Joseph, a graduate of the Moscow Theological Academy, has been the beloved pastor of the parish for nearly four decades. Meanwhile, Bp. Isaiah was consecrated by hierarchs of Constantinople without the blessing of the Synod of the Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia and has concelebrated with the graceless schismatics of the ‘Orthodox Church of Ukraine’. The thugs turned on the faithful, who this time left an altar server with a bloody face. The thugs calmed down only when the police arrived.