Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

15 November 2011. Let’s Throw Some More Ingredients in the Alaska Pot…

“Fr Michael… you took the billionaire’s shilling… why? YOU ATE MY COOKIE… HOW MUCH DID THEY PAY YOU?” Click here to read about the Pebble Mine and how Oleksa sucks up to the Big Money Interests… he doesn’t care about his Native Parishioners one little bit…


The plot thickens and sickens. Oleksa and Peterson tried to put the bite on Alaska Native priests to vote for and support JP’s pal (and fellow Podmoshensky devotee) Gerasim Eliel both at the Seattle Sobor and at home in Alaska. Oleksa’s become part of JP’s cadre, which is ironic, given the fact that he’s one of the people who ran the Platina HOOMie clowns out of Alaska in the ‘90’s. Now, Oleksa’s cast his lot with that same Platina bunch, and he’s made himself JP’s and BP’s “go-to guy” in Alaska. Many Natives hate Oleksa with a Number One Passion, as he claims to be the spokesman for Orthodox Natives. After all, he knows what is best for the Natives because he wrote some books and he’s married to a Native. He’s made a bit of a career out of being a “self-help guru” in Alaska dealing with racism and other issues, by denying that there’s any real racism in Alaska! He does the state-wide “workshop circuit” for clueless white liberals and some Natives who are too brainwashed to know better. Another correspondent mentioned the odd doings with the gas contract in re Peterson, and said that Oleksa might have his hand in it. As another correspondent put it, “Oleksa gives off distinctly unpleasant vibes, rather offensive”.

That’s all at present… stay tuned… it bids fair to be INTERESTING…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Albany NY


Friday, 16 September 2011

16 September 2011. Ignorant Konvertsy Raising Clueless Brouhaha Over Church’s Correct Environmental Stance in Alaska

Here’s a typical member of the konvertsy internet commentariat… “Isn’t Free Enterprise grand! I have my McMansion and my Cadillac Escalade SUV… my gated community is so CLEAN… the race goes to the swiftest, y’know…”


It’s sad to say that the rightwing konvertsy teabaggers are throwing another ignorant and childish tantrum. Read this:


Note this:

The Orthodox Church, formerly the Russian Orthodox Church, has had a long presence in Alaska, particularly in the rural parts of the state. The first church was established in 1794 by Orthodox monks in what was then the Russian territory of Kodiak. With increasing political turmoil in Russia, the church grew and prospered in Alaska, particularly in its rural areas. One of the strongest voices for rural Alaska in the church is [Fr Michael] Oleksa, who was 30 when he was assigned to rural Kodiak in 1970. Since moving to the state, he’s been a tireless advocate for Alaska Native culture and for environmental justice, authoring several books on the subject. For his efforts, he has received numerous awards from all sorts of state agencies and from the Alaska Federation of Natives. Oleksa and the church have long been against the Pebble mine, even before hooking up with Gillam. In fact, it was a resolution that the Orthodox Church in America‘s Diocese of Alaska passed at its annual state-wide gathering in 2009 that attracted Gillam’s attention, according to Oleksa. It did not mention Pebble specifically, but it blessed all “development” that would enhance the quality of life in villages. It also withheld any such blessing from “development” that seriously threatened to poison or pollute the lakes and rivers, which the “Church and its largely Alaska Native membership considers holy and sacred”.


There’s nothing untoward in considering the environment sacred… its God’s creation! Why do you think that we bless rivers and streams, chop holes in the ice, and jump into them at Epiphany? Earth to konvertsy… get a life and get informed! Our obligation as stewards of the rivers, streams, forests, and countryside is God-given… our leaders have said so, but, of course, the ignorant konvertsy don’t know that. Their tantrums mean that they oppose Patriarch Bartholomew Archontonis, the “Green Patriarch”… the United Nations Environment Programme named him a “Champion of the Earth”… for good reason. See these:




An excerpt from the video The Green Patriarch…


They oppose Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev, who decried the environmental catastrophe in the Russian countryside and issued calls for Orthodox to protect their natural heritage. See these:

http://rt.com/news/russian-patriarch-goes-green/ (In Russian terms, when His Holiness attacks “Liberalism”, he attacks rightwing “conservative” extremism (such as Libertarianism), not Social Democracy… His Holiness supports Socialism and Social Justice wholeheartedly)


The konvertsy filth wants to make Alaska into another Nikel! You’ve never heard of Nikel? Here’s what Wikipedia had to say about it:

The town is linked to the Norilsk Nickel plant nearby, which employs many of its citizens, which causes grave environmental and health concerns for the population. The nickel smelter, which has been an eyesore in Norway–Russia relations for decades due to its extreme pollution levels, usually deposits its sulphur dioxide fumes to the south of the town where the countryside is a brown moonscape of bald hills, barren of plant life for kilometres around. In the summertime, the toxic fumes, which for the rest of the year rarely blow northwards towards the town, occasionally do just that, making breathing difficult and even burning holes in people’s umbrellas.



THIS is what the konvertsy want… it’s the invisible hand of the Free Market, after all. Don’t forget, the konvertsy aren’t really Christians, they’re nasty Libertarian Nihilist unbelievers of the worst possible sort. They bow low before the altar of Omnipotent, All-powerful, and Invincible Mammon and willingly burn incense before it… Mammon is God and Ayn Rand is his Prophet! All hail to the Epic Heroes Rick Perry, Paul Ryan, and Rush Limbaugh, of the Fellowship of the Almighty Dollar! Bozhe! Do save us from such blasphemous delusion. They’re nothing but modern-day Gong Farmers. In short, the present clueless brouhaha on the internet is yet more proof that the konvertsy not only aren’t of us… they never were, and they’re incapable of being such. Kaufft nicht bei Reardon, Freeman, Dreher, Mattingly, Whiteford, and Cone… they worship the demonic Hobbesian delusions of the New Christian Right (the reject the true moderate heritage of the Old Republican Party), and that’s a fact (their motto is, “Pecunia non olet… Money doesn’t stink”).

The sooner that we’re rid of this semi-Sectarian pestilence, the better. They’re spitting on the icon of Christ… you can have rightwing konvertsy delusions or you can have Christ… which do you want?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Friday 16 September 2011

Albany NY

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

16 August 2011. A Friend Asked Me to Post This… Where was oca.org?

The Righteous Soul Enters Heaven

Yelena Cherkasova

Undated (2000s?)


Editor’s Foreword:

What’s appropriate now is respect for a deceased elder… anything else would be gauche. I’ll comment later on oca.org’s inaction (on Friday, for there must be a decent interval after the burial)… but for now, it’s time to honour the dead and comfort the living… we all, believer and unbeliever alike, stand in silent awe at the mystery of death…




On Monday, 15 August 2011, the feast of the Falling Asleep of the Birthgiver of God and Ever-virgin Mary, Doamnă Preoteasa Eleonora Lazăr peacefully fell asleep in the Lord at the venerable age of 96 years at the Manor of Farmington Hills MI Nursing Center. Services will be in Detroit at the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral of St George (18405 W Nine Mile Rd, Southfield MI), the Saracusta (Wake) on Wednesday, 17 August at 19.30 CDT, and the Funeral and Pomana on Thursday, 18 August at 10.00 CDT, with burial to follow at Vatra Românească.

Born in Sharon PA on 7 November 1914 to Ioan and Anna Banceu, Orthodox emigrants from Romania, Preoteasa had two sisters, her twin Elizabeth, Victoria, and a brother, Aurel. She was a 1932 graduate of Newton Falls OH High School and, later, Warren Business College. On 1 July 1939, she married the theological graduate Eugene Lazăr of Youngstown OH, who was ordained as a priest three days later by Bishop Policarp Moruşca at Vatra Românească. The Lazărs were blessed with two children, Eugenia (Dr Virgil) Tirmonia of Canton OH, and Archpriest Laurence (Preoteasa Anita) Lazar of Southfield MI, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Preoteasa and Fr Eugene, a most beloved priest of the Romanian Episcopate who fell asleep in 1978, served at St Stefan Church, South St Paul MN; Holy Trinity Church, Detroit MI; Descent of the Holy Ghost parish, Gary IN; Presentation of Our Lord Church, Akron OH; and, Holy Trinity parish, Youngstown OH. For a time, Fr Eugene was also Administrator of St Mary Church, St Paul MN, and St Mary Church, Chicago IL.

As St Paul wrote, We each have different gifts according to the grace God gives us (Epistle to the Romans 12.6). Thankfully, throughout Preoteasa’s life, the grace given her became a gift for many others. She was part of that very small, dedicated generation of pioneers in parish religious education who established our Saturday or Sunday Church Schools. She adapted, translated, or created the appropriate lessons for which Orthodox material (especially in English) was extremely rare. She taught the teachers and the children in tiny church basements or whole school buildings. For her efforts, the Holy Synod of Bishops expressed its appreciation in 1996. With Father Eugene, she coordinated parish programs for children, teens, and young married couples; organised Romanian cultural groups and events and taught the Romanian language, chaired banquets and bazaars, sang in the choir, was often elected President of the Ladies Auxiliary, and served on their national board (ARFORA). In her private life, she gave an example of charity, always sharing what little the family may have had. Beggars, who often came to the parish house, never went away hungry and never without hearing her say, “God be with you”. She chaired Folk Festivals of the International Institute; was a volunteer for the International American Red Cross, and counselled bereaved families as a hospital volunteer. For a period of time, and in spite of being so petite, the county employed her as a live-in counsellor and monitor of combative and, at times, dangerous juvenile delinquents.

In the 1950’s, Archbishop Valerian Trifa chose her to be the Director of Camp Vatra. Working with him, and later with Archbishop Nathaniel, this became her most beloved ministry for over 25 years. She wrote the menus, ordered the food, taught classes, served as the nurse, wiped away the tears, and hugged away the loneliness of many a child. Every summer, she was the “little mother” of up to 70 campers, plus their teachers and staff, who cherish wonderful memories of her. For nearly a century, the unassuming Maica Preoteasa Eleonora, whose demeanour was always that of a lady, committed herself to a life of sacrifice and service, and proved to be a gift to the whole Church. As another priest’s wife said of her, “I learned much from her… patience, perseverance, and unconditional love. She taught me much by her example”. She was a strong and holy helper of her priest and husband, his “Scumpi”, as he called her; a loving mother blessed to see her children’s children; and, as Holy Scripture says, “a virtuous woman” who touched the lives of many in the parishes and diocese, always giving thanks to the Lord for the gifts given her, and urging others… especially, the children… to do the same in their lives. She rarely stood in the limelight, but certain of the resurrection and the life to come she prayed for and trusted in God’s promise of a radiant crown in Paradise.


Doamnă Preoteasa Eleonora Lazăr (1914-2011)


Preoteasa Eleonora Lazar departs from us asking for God’s forgiveness of her sins and, as she would want to say, “You, my family and friends, pray for God’s eternal mercy upon my soul. My daughter whom I loved, Eugenia (Dr Virgil) Tirmonia; your children Dr Michael (Allison) Tirmonia and family, Victoria (Joseph) Chaffin and family, and Elizabeth (George) Teodorescu and family; my son whom I loved, Fr Laurence (Preoteasa Anita) Lazăr, your children John Eugene, Nicholas, and Ana (fiancé Michael); my many Godchildren through baptism and marriage; my dear nieces Eleanor Shade and Victoria (Wally) Booher, my great-nieces and nephews, and other family members in America and Romania; my spiritual children and parishioners who kindly remembered me over the years; my hierarchs, Archbishop Nathaniel, and Bishop Irineu; Fr Romey Rosco and Fr Sabin Pop who brought me Holy Communion, Fr Michael Oleksa of Alaska, who was close enough in prayer to call me mother, and all the priests who prayed for me in the Divine Liturgy; the faithful of Presentation of Our Lord Church whom I respectfully thank for their remarkable and greatly appreciated spirit of Christian generosity; my St George Cathedral family, especially those who brightened my days with visits, a flower, a bowl of soup; my friends and the caring staff at the Manor of Farmington Hills; and every soul I have neglected to mention. May the Lord bless all of you with peace and love”.

Memory eternal! May she receive a crown of glory! Dumnezeu s’o ierte!

At her request, you may make offerings to:

(Preoteasa) Eleonora Lazar Memorial Fund

c/o 18430 W Nine Mile Rd

Southfield MI 48075


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