Eastern Catholic monks lead pilgrimage

By The Compass | August 28, 2013

Fr. Moses Wright, far right, and other members of the Eastern Catholic Church lead a procession from Holy Resurrection Monastery to St. Gregory of Nazianzus Church in St. Nazianz Aug. 24. (Benjamin  Wideman | For The Compass)
Fr. Moses Wright, far right, and other members of the Eastern Catholic Church lead a procession from Holy Resurrection Monastery to St. Gregory of Nazianzus Church in St. Nazianz Aug. 24. (Benjamin Wideman | For The Compass)

ST. NAZIANZ — About 100 pilgrims gathered in the village of St. Nazianz on Aug. 24 in honor of Our Lady under her title, “Searcher for the Lost.” The Eastern Catholic monks of Holy Resurrection Monastery have operated under Mary’s patronage since their foundation in 1995 and their chapel is dedicated to her under this title.

The pilgrimage began at the monastery with a procession across the road to the parish church of St. Gregory of Nazianzus. There, Bishop John Michael Botean, eparch of the Romanian Catholic Diocese (of which the monastery is part), served a hierarchical Divine Liturgy. The monastery’s abbot, Archimandrite Nicholas, preached the homily.

Concelebrants were the pastor of St. Gregory, Salvatorian Fr. Pat Nelson, and his brother, Fr. Tim Nelson, as well as Fr. Philaret Littlefield from St. George Melkite Church in Milwaukee.

After the Divine Liturgy, a memorial service (“Paos”) was served in St. Gregory cemetery for the faithful departed remembered by the pilgrims. Pilgrims were then invited to a barbeque lunch served by the monks on the monastery grounds. This was the second pilgrimage held since the monks moved to St. Nazianz from California in 2011. Next year the pilgrimage will take place on Saturday Aug. 16.

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