The First Ten Years of the Cathedral, Transfiguration of the Lord
Zehn Jahre Kathedrale, Verklaerung des Herrn
Mangold, Wendelin. "The First Ten Years of the Cathedral, Transfiguration of the Lord." Volk auf dem Weg, October 2007, 18.
Translation from the original German to American English is
provided by Alex
Herzog, Boulder, Colorado
On August 12, the ten-year anniversary of the Cathedral "Transfiguration
the Lord" in Novosibirsk was celebrated via a grand and festive service.
|Following the Service in the Cathedral "Transfiguration
In attendance were about forty bishops and priests, nuns and seminarians from near and far, numerous guests from within and outside the country, as wel las representatives for ecclesiastical furnishing, Renovabis, and of Church in Need.
Also present were Dr. Johannes Hoerner, president of the Support
Association for the Diocese "Transfiguration of the Lord,"
and his wife Magdalena
Merdian, plus myself as the representative of Care of the Souls of German-Russians.
The festive service in the more than crowded church was celebrated by Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, Archbishop Antonio Menini, Bishop Joseph Werth, Bishop Klemens Pickel, and Bishop Nikolaus Messmer.
The celebration of the jubilee was preceded by a three-day pastoral conference with the theme "God is Love" and on the special situation of the Catholic Church in Siberia. Additionally, seminarian Vassili was ordained a deacon.
Guests were offered the opportunity to get to know better the parish communities of Talmenka, Tomsk and Novosibirsk. They were warmly received by Archbishop Werth and cared for during the entire time by his staff and employees.
A message of greeting from the Landsmannschaft
Magdalena Merdian transmitted to Bishop Joseph Werth a message of greeting from the chair of the Landsmannschaft, Adolf Fetsch, in which he pointed to the central significance of Christian life for our ethnic group:
" ... As residents of the Federal Republic of Germany, with its mature ecclesiastical and democratic structures, we will likely not be able to grasp sufficiently the difficulties of a political, personal and financial kind that accompany the care of the ecclesiastical life in the successor states of the Soviet Union. However, we are able to express to you our admiration, our joy, and our gratitude for the fact that you are foremost among those who have dedicated yourselves, with all of your energies, and successfully, to this task.
Unfortunately the public is by far too unfamiliar with the extent of strength of faith and courage of martyrdom - among clerics as well as the laity - it took in order to secure the survival of the Christian church during decades of Stalinist persecution. In the final event - and all German-Russians can be proud of this - our Christian faith was victorious despite persecution, executions, and imprisonment, and in the face of desecration of churches and banning of practicing one's religion.
For the members of our ethnic group, our Christian faith has always played a special role. As early as two centuries ago, it was not in the least religious grounds that moved our forefathers to emigrate to Russia, during the difficult decades during the 20th Century our faith was often our only solace, and today many, as ever, find their real home within their faith, be it here in Germany or within the former Soviet Union ..."
Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation of this article.