Please pray for the newly-departed servant of God, Hieromonk John (Valasek)
who reposed this morning at about 3:30 AM. He had suffered from terminal
cancer discovered just before Holy Week. His repose was peaceful and
Fr. John was my pastor when I was a layman and entered the Russian Church
Abroad shortly after I did in 1983, being received by Bishop Gregory
(Grabbe). He served in Parsons, KS.; with me in Oklahoma City; at St.
Vladimir's ROC in Houston at the time of the building of their new temple,
at Christ of the Hills Monastery in Blanco, TX., and for several years
working with the poorest of the poor in Mexico. Before joining the Russian
Church Abroad he served parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in East
Lansing, Michigan, Illinois, and Grand Rapids, MI.
Please pray for his repose. Funeral arrangements are pending.