- Aug 31, 2004St Petersburg Orthodox Charitable Brotherhood of St Anastasia
"?Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or
naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?" Then he will
answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the
least of these, you did not do it for me."
Matthew 25:44,45 (NRSV)
The Orthodox Brotherhood of St Anastasia was founded as a charity in 1992. Both clergy and
congregation take part in the work and there are now over sixty workers. The Brotherhood was named
after St Anastasia since this saint was known for her mercy when she cared for Christians in prison
bringing healing both to their bodies and souls. Following her example the Brotherhood works in
two main areas: helping people in prison and working in health care.
Brotherhood priests serve in a prison at the Metallostroy settlement and a juvenile prison at
Kolpino. Brotherhood members provide spiritual support to prisoners in prisons across Russia by
writing letters and sending Christian literature, audio-cassettes, foodstuffs, medicine and
clothing. A project to rehabilitate former prisoners has been set up in the village of Pashitny,
Pskovskaya region. Here there is a house and a small farm where former prisoners can live and
work. A small church has also been constructed not far from the house.
The health care work is organised within the Brotherhood by the Pokrov Sisterhood. This Sisterhood
was formed by people concerned about the quality of care received by sick people. There are now
over forty people involved in the work. Sisters/Brothers of Mercy work voluntarily in the
Pokrovskaya and Marinskaya hospitals and also in the Children's Hospital No 3 (infections clinic).
Here basic care is provided for seriously ill patients along with spiritual support for those who
want it. Sisterhood members study on a primary six-month medical course at the Medical College No
6. It is also possible for them to complete the full nurse training course and receive a
recognised qualification if they so wish. Subjects in theology are studied alongside the medical
An important aspect of our work is that undertaken with disadvantaged children through the Dom
Miloserdia children's shelter. This state 'centre for social rehabilitation' is housed within the
Brotherhood building. The shelter runs as a community. Many shelter workers are also church
members. In summer the shelter's children go on holiday to a house in the village of Vellibitzy,
Novgorod region. It is here that the 'first stages in social adaptation' work is organised.
The Brotherhood has a care-home for sick people who would otherwise have no one to care for them.
Some of these old people in need of care are able to stay at the 'Pokrovskaya Obitel" where
specialist treatment is made available.
'Vitassie' youth club is run by the Brotherhood and held within its building. It's motto is "For
Russia, For Faith!" Each week about forty young people attend Vitassie lessons and events. For
six years Vitassie has held a summer camp in the Pskovskaya region not far from the Brotherhood's
The Brotherhood plans to organise an overnight shelter and soup-kitchen for homeless people.
The Brotherhood is able to carry out it's work through funding received from individuals and
organisations. Money is also raised by publicity events/exhibitions, charity sales of hand-made
goods and other business ventures carried out in accordance with the Brotherhood's charter. All
received finance is used in our charity work.
The Brotherhood successfully works in education. It organises workshops, conferances and
exhibitions. Since 1997 we have produced a newspaper called "Gorod Zolotoy" (The Golden City).
The Brotherhood actively supports the broadcasting of Christian programmes such as "Golos
Pravoslavnia" (The Voice of Orthodoxy). Their Christian audio-cassettes have been sent to many
people and organisations for many years. Each Sunday the Brotherhood's priests talk about the
Christian Orthodox faith in the Church of St Anastasia (located in the Brotherhood's building) and
also in the Church of Prince-Saints Theodor, David and Constantine.
There is a working library at the Brotherhood containing books and literature on a variety of
Thank you for your interest in our work. If you would like to know more or feel you could support
us in any way please contact us at the address below:
The Brotherhood of St Anastasia,
199034 St Petersburg,
Nab. Lt. Shmidta, d. 39,
Tel/Fax: (007 812) 323-28-67
St Petersburg Orthodox Charitable Brotherhood of St Anastasia
Brotherhood of St. Symeon the New Theologian
and also http://www.sfi.ru/
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