Fire Threatens Monastery In Goldendale, Washington
The Satus Pass fire, located in Goldendale, Washington has presently
consumed nearly 9,000 acres, with over 800 firefighters working to
control this fire. The Monastery of Saint John the Forerunner in
Goldendale is in the vicinity of this fire. The sisters have been
evacuated and are seeking refuge in nearby homes. His Eminence
Metropolitan Gerasimos has been in contact with the sisters and they are
all safe, and at the present time the Monastery has not sustained any
�This has already been a devastating year of fires throughout the United
States. Once again, we find ourselves facing yet another threat as the
Monastery of Saint John the Forerunner finds itself in a path of
danger,� stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco.
�We pray for the firefighters who are bravely working to save lives and
structures, and we ask for the Lord to calm the fires and bring
favorable weather so that no harm may come upon the people in this area.�
Two years ago, this same Monastery was threatened by fire and the
sisters joined with the local residents and firefighters in working to
protect their property and assist their neighbors and community.
Thankfully, the Monastery was spared from damage in 2011 and it is the
fervent prayer of the clergy and faithful of the Metropolis of San
Francisco that this same outcome may be realized.
The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco will provide further
updates as additional information becomes available.
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