February 2015

The new Western Rite Parish of Saint John Chrysostom in Bangalore, India is served by Fr. Silouan Benedict.



February 2015

The SAINT COLMAN PRAYER BOOK is about to be published, hopefully on sale online by end of May.

The ALTAR BOOK version containing just the Liturgy and some additions will follow very soon.

The three volume Proprium-Lectionary will follow as soon as possible thereafter.

December 2014

Fr John Vieages was tonsured as Hieromonk Ezekiel, Fr Cyprian Craig was made Priest and Aristibule Adams was made Sub Deacon at Saint Nicholas Monastery Fort Myers by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion.

10850282_10152604105545748_2290169180922949841_nHis Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion Ordains Aristibule Adams

October 2014

The ROCOR Synod announced that Bishop George (Schaeffer) (Chairman of the Commission on Western Rite) is to be appointed as Bishop of Canberra.

 August 29th 2014

Metropolitan Hilarion gave his blessing to the Hermitage of Saint Bride website.

August 15th 2014

Fr Michael returned to the United Kingdom from his trip around the world.

May 2014

Fr Michael spent several days staying in the Metropolitan’s house with him in Croydon, discussing the situation in the United Kingdom.   Metropolitan Hilarion formally blessed in writing the Saint Bride Hermitage in Edinburgh, Scotland, the first Orthodox monastic institution in Mainland Scotland for a thousand years.  The Hermitage is blessed to use the ancient British Western Rite Liturgy of Saint John the Divine.

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July 2013,

The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia deliberated on the matter of Bishop Jerome of Manhattan,

To censure Bishop Jerome for his willfulness in administering the parishes adhering to the Western Rite, and in performing various ecclesial services not approved by the Synod of Bishops, and for criticizing his brethren in letters to clergy and laity.

To deny recognition of the ordination of a group of individuals by Bishop Jerome during a single divine service, and to regularize them following a thorough examination of the candidates.

To release Bishop Jerome from all duties, including those of Vicar of the President in administering Western Rite parishes, designating him as retired without the right to serve in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York, or to perform ordinations or award clergymen, and designating his place of residence at St Vladimir Memorial Church of the 1000th Anniversary of the Baptism of Russia in Jackson, NJ.

To bless Bishop Jerome to perform divine services within the confines of the Eastern American Diocese with the consent of its Ruling Bishop.

To release Monk Anthony (Bondi) from all of his administrative duties and from the spiritual ministry to the Vicariate of Western Rite Parishes.

The Synod established a Western Rite Commission headed by Bishop George (Schaeffer).

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May 2013

Christminster monastery moved from its home in Hamilton Ontario to its new home in Niagra, New York.


January 2013

Saint Petroc Monastery is closed due to Fr Michael taking up residence in Scotland.  In accordance with Metropolitan Hilarion’s 2011 blessing to start a Hermitage in Scotland.


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October 2012

Fr T Cook was Ordained as Priest in New York to serve in the United Kingdom

May 2011

Fr Michael (Wood) ceased to administer the Western Rite missions in the United Kingdom.  He continued to administer Western Rite missions in Australasia

December 16th 2011.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said the UK is a Christian country “and we should not be afraid to say so”.

In a speech in Oxford on the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, the Prime Minister called for a revival of traditional Christian values to counter Britain’s “moral collapse”.

May 19th 2011.

The Synod has decreed that there shall henceforth be a ROCOR Western Rite Vicariate under the oversight of Bishop Jerome.

May 5th 2011.

The ROCOR mission of Saint Eanswythe has been given the use of what is now the Saint Eanswythe Chapel with in the large (formerly Anglican) Antiochian church of Saint Dunstan in Poole, Dorset.  Services in the Chapel on a Sunday begin at 09.45.

March 30th 2011.

Bishop Jerome will visit Christminster Monastery in Canada on the weekend of May the 29th,  where with Archbishop  Hilarion’s blessing he will perform an Ordination.

March 9th 2011.

His Eminence, Archbishop Hilarion gave his approval to the formation of a Hermitage in Scotland.  The Hermitage will be set up by Fr. Michael.

February 27th 2011.   Fr. Michael, Assistant to the Archbishop for the UK, Blessed Sr Margaret  into the novitiate at Saint Eanswythe mission in Christchurch.  Sr. Margaret resides at the Life Giving Spring Hermitage in Scotland.

February 11th 2011. His grace Bishop Jerome blessed the launching of this website for use by all Western Rite people around the world. The site will be an active site with all pages subject to frequent update and change. Other pages will be added and content will increase as time goes on.

January 18th 2011:  The Russian Synod through the local bishop has asked one of our people to provide a full collection of Belgian saints for presentation to the Holy Synod in June for approval to use from 2012

January 1st 2011:  Anglicans in America interested in joining the Orthodox Church as Western Riters may also contact Bishop Jerome at  vrevjrs (at)   if they wish.

Fr. Michael, Assistant to the Archbishop for the UK
Superior of Saint Petroc Monastery
Abbot David of Our Lady of Mount Royal Monastery

November 2010

Metropolitan Hilarion issued a Decree naming  Fr James (Deschene) as his assistant for Western Rite in North America and Fr Michael (Wood) as his assistant for Western Rite in Australia and the United Kingdom.

March 2010

His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, Primate of ROCOR has issued a proclamation, naming Fr. David (Pierce) of Holyrood Hermitage as Abbot of the Monastery of the Holy Dormition of Our Lady of Mount Royal.

The proclamation names Abbot Augustine (Whitfield) as the Abbot Emeritus. Abbot Augustine remains in hospital under ongoing care. Mount Royal was originally received into Orthodoxy in 1962 by Bishop Dositheus.

March, 2009.

Fr. Michael of Saint Petroc Monastery announced today that a new, cheap edition of the Shorter Saint Colman Prayer Book is available. This is a stapled, 105 page edition which retails for $US18.00. It includes an introduction by His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion of ROCOR and omits the entire cycle of Holy Week services.

March, 2009.

Saint John the Baptist Mission in Lewistown. Maryland, formerly Methodist, and then Charismatic Episcopal has become an Orthodox Western Rite parish.

February 2009

Muleshoe, Texas. Saint Clement’s, a small parish of forty-one people and their priest, formerly Charismatic Episcopal were received by Chrismation by Fr. Michael Keiser on behalf of Bishop Basil.

March 2008,

After Divine Liturgy, Father Michael blessed icons for members of the ROCOR Saint Eanswythe congregation. Afterwards the congregation had lunch together.

Fr. Michael with some members of the congregation who had their new icons blessed.

February, 2008

London. Fr. Michael and members of ROCORs Saint Eanswythe Society attended a weekend series of lectures given by Fr. Andrew Louth at Saint Botulph’s Orthodox church in London. The Lectures were on the Orthodox attitude to Saint Augustine of Hippo. Fr. Andrew, an Orthodox Priest, is Professor of Byzantine and Orthodox studies at Durham University. He was joined in the lectures by Bishop Kallistos (Ware) of Oxford. The lectures ran through the Saturday and Sunday.


September, 2008

His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, visited Holyrood Hermitage at Avondale (a Western Rite monastic house within ROCOR). His Eminence had talks with Fr. David and Fr. Augustine before blessing the chapel at Holyrood House. Holyrood has been affiliated with Saint Petroc Monastery since 2006. Fr. Augustine was received as a Western Rite monk into Russian Orthodoxy in 1962.


Having obtained episcopal blessing, Fr. James, the Superior of Christ the Saviour Monastery (ROCOR) is preparing to move the monastery to Hamilton, Ontario.

In July, Fr. James visited Hamilton and celebrated the Divine Liturgy of the Western Rite at Our Lady of Glastonbury Oratory, which will be the new home of the monastery after the move.

Saint Benedict’s (ROCOR) Parish in Oklahoma City has been officially using the Western Rite since Bishop Peter of Cleveland blessed the Rector, Fr. Anthony Nelson, to to do so in 2006.

Saint Benedict’s church Oklahoma City.

Archpriest Anthony Nelson celebrating the Western Rite.