Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Ms. Sarah Sweedler, President of the Fort
On 14 February 2013, at the Moscow Patriarchate’s
Department for External Church Relations, the DECR chairman, Metropolitan
Hilarion of Volokolamsk, met with Ms. Sarah Sweedler, President and CEO of the
Fort Ross Conservancy.
They were joined in the meeting by archpriest Sergy Zvonarev, DECR secretary
for far abroad countries; hierodeacon Roman (Kiselev), a staff member of the
DECR secretariat for far abroad countries; Mr. V.N. Vinokurov, Ambassador at
Large of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, executive secretary of the
U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission; and Mr. A.V. Korzhuyev, deputy
director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s North America Department.
The participants in the meeting discussed various aspects of cooperation in
conservation of the spiritual and cultural heritage of Fort Ross.
Metropolitan Hilarion thanked Ms. Sweedler for her very important work aimed
at maintaining this unique historical monument in proper condition. The DECR
chairman expressed his hope that every year, clerics of the Russian Orthodox
Church and of the Orthodox Church in America would celebrate divine services at
the Holy Trinity Chapel in Fort Ross.
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