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Archimandrite Michael (Graves) Found Dead (at his home in Haiti)

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    From: harrygcoin Archimandrite Michael (Graves) Found Dead http://vertograd.blogspot.com/2004/12/archimandrite-michael-graves- found.html May his memory be
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      Archimandrite Michael (Graves) Found Dead

      http://vertograd.blogspot.com/2004/12/archimandrite-michael-graves-
      found.html

      May his memory be eternal.

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      Archimandrite Michael (Graves) Found Dead

      (Vertograd, Haiti) On Thursday, November 26, 2004, Archimandrite
      Michael (Graves), administrator for the Russian Orthodox Autonomous
      Church's Haitian mission, was found dead in the bathroom of Maison
      Orthodoxe, the mission's administrative center. The official report
      states that the cause of death was cardiovascular failure. The
      circumstances surrounding his death are unclear; he was found alone
      by two young boys some time after his actual repose. There were no
      reports of Father Michael having health problems before.

      Fr. Michael singlehandedly started the mission to Haiti two decades
      ago, and he along with his attached parishes joined the Russian
      Autonomous Church in June of this year. An active speaker in defense
      of the Metropolitan during this period, he gained the respect and
      admiration of almost everyone he dealt with, except his most bitter
      enemies.

      In his most recent semi-weekly newsletters, Fr Michael's tone became
      peculiarly ominous, including in his second-to-last edition a
      prediction of his own incarceration or death due to the political
      circumstances in Haiti. Fr. Michael had a number of enemies both
      inside and outside the Church. Yet his views were consistent with the
      Gospel; he refused to recognize any nearby government as Christian in
      nature and was more concerned with consistency with the Gospel above
      all else. Without a full investigation in Haiti, it is currently
      impossible to determine whether Fr. Michael simply died of stress-
      related heart failure or whether this was a skillfully executed
      murder on the part of local warlords, who had imprisoned and killed
      Roman Catholic priests in recent weeks for political views similar to
      Fr. Michael's.

      The Hierarchical Synod of the ROAC issued the following Statement on
      the death of Archimandrite Michael: "The news of the repose of Father
      Archimandrite Michael has shaken the Synod of Bishops of the Russian
      Orthodox Autonomous Church. We extend our sincerest sympathies to all
      of Father Michael's relatives and to all who were close to him. We
      pray that the Lord grant rest to his soul and admit it to where the
      righteous repose. The President and Hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox
      Autonomous Church"

      Archimandrite Michael will be buried with his parents in his native
      New Jersey, United States.






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