Monomakhos is all at-tizzy about a situation in a ROCOR parish in House Springs MO. Supposedly, Vladyki Peter is persecuting the parish, stealing the property, and handing it over to a dippy nun of doubtful provenance. However… the truth is somewhat more prosaic.
Originally, the monastic brotherhood at Wayne WV (Holy Cross Monastery) started here many moons ago. Opponents of Fr Kallistos started a shitstorm with Vladyki Alypy… as we all know, the brotherhood moved to Wayne and prospered (they reburied Fr Kallistos in WV earlier this year). Fr Christopher Stade took over… somewhat of a rigorist, he came into Orthodoxy in Greece via the Matthewite schism. Eventually, he ended in the ROCOR; Alypy ordained him without Orthodox seminary formation. Stade was a disaster. The parish in St Louis MO (St Basil) under Fr Martin Swanson is full of those who had to leave the toxic House Spirngs parish and the Stade idiocracy.
Alypy liked the Stades and the Stades adored Alypy. That hasn’t been the case with Peter Lukianov; he acts like a bishop and he rules the diocese, he visits his parishes… laying down the law in those that have problems. Alypy was a terrible administrator; this problem parish, like many others, just festered for many years. Now, Peter runs the diocese; it’s easy to put the blame on him, since Alypy swept everything under the rug. A few years ago, Vladyki Peter finally got the parish to sign over the deed to the diocese (that should’ve happened years ago). Slowly, the diocese sorted out the mess. Recently, Vladyki Peter refused to appoint another rector; he gave the antimens to Fr Martin in St Louis, so that Fr Christopher couldn’t serve (he’s incapacitated and unable to serve, really). Since there’s a functional parish in St Louis with a new church building, this older, more problematic, one is just an unnecessary redundancy.
There are two residential buildings on the property in House Springs…the parish uses both as rental properties. The starosta/caretaker lives in one. Down the hill is an apartment building, which (in theory) could house monastics. For the record, the generous former parishioner who purchased and donated all the land to the parish has belonged to St Basil parish in St Louis for many years. They “rent” the apartments to bring income into the parish. Unfortunately, reports have it that they have a bunch of freeloaders who don’t pay anything, who rarely come to church, and who trash the place. The word has it that some are “illegals”. They were legal at first, but their visas or passports expired, so, now, they exist here off the map. The whole situation is screwy.
Therefore, we have a dying parish with a decent property in need of a major cleanup, both in terms of property and personnel. Rumour has it that they offered the property to JP, but he didn’t want it (which is proof positive that he’s not honest and sincere about “founding a monastery”). Honestly, no one has any idea why the diocese is giving this Nun Eisodia this property (indeed, if that’s the case… it could be just another Monomakhos fairytale); she’s unstable and just plain weird. However, if he’s trying to found a monastery here, Vladyki Peter is just trying to fill a vacuüm by turning a “white elephant” property into a monastic community. In the end, as the Ruling Bishop of the Diocese, if Vladyki Peter wants to dissolve a parish, it’s within his power to do so.
In short, Monomakhos fucks up again… spectacularly, in public, and shamelessly. I’d like to see the bishops sit on that bunch of asshats. They do no vetting… there’s no fact-checking. I got my reports from sources… then, I vetted and checked them. The only things here are the things that I could verify from more than one source. I’d advise all comers to stay out of this dispute. It’s obviously a tussle between Vladyki Peter and the Stade family. Let the Church sort it out, in the person of the Ruling Bishop of the Diocese. Vladyki Peter has had to sort out the mess that Vladyki Alypy left him… much as Vladyki Antony Medvedev had to clean up the mess left by St Ioann. Yes, St Ioann was a holy man, but he sure wasn’t an administrator and institution builder. Vladyki Antony was such… he put the SF Diocese on a very firm footing indeed. In like manner, I confide that Vladyki Peter will do likewise. The Stades and the Monomakhos lot will vilify him… much as Platina vilified Vladyki Antony for mucking out the shit-spattered byre there. So be it. God willing, history will record Vladyki Peter as a conscientious ruling bishop… much as Vladyki Antony was.
Monomakhos screws up again… is that a surprise? Christ is STILL with His Church… He always will be.