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ROGUE RIVER’S ST. INNOCENT RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH BUILT ON FAITH

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Posted: NOVEMBER 2015

As he takes in the view of the concrete foundation and walls of the new St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Church, the Rev. Seraphim Cardoza remarks that the site (and sight) is a testimony of the faith and hard work of his tiny congregation. First and foremost, it’s an expression of faith, he said.

The new church, located on a 2.5-acre plot just south of the city of Rogue River, will overlook Interstate 5. Cardoza hopes it will be seen as “a place of worship where heaven and earth meet.”

In 2008, the original St. Innocent church — really a chapel — was dismantled to make way for a traditional Byzantine shrine… Read More


НАШЕДШИЕ “TRUE TRUTH”

Posted: February 2011

“Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages. Amen”. Одиннадцать лет назад, когда я впервые попала на Литургию в Америке, эти слова резали слух. Куда легче было просто «отключиться» и молиться про себя, по-русски.

Я тосковала по большим храмам, по церковнославянским текстам, по привычным мелодиям… Тогда даже представить себе не могла, что со временем церковь святителя Иннокентия в городе Рог Ривэр, штата Орегон, станет моим вторым домом, а настоятель храма отец Серафим Кардоза – духовником и большим другом нашей семьи… Read More


 

WHAT’S THAT CHURCH NEAR ROGUE RIVER WITH THE DISTINCTIVE LOOK?

Posted: April 2007St. Katherine's Church

The little white church with sky-blue onion domes and unusual golden crosses catches the eye of many a motorist on Interstate 5 near the town of Rogue River.

The converted barn serves as a house of worship for about 30 people who follow the Russian Orthodox faith, part of Eastern Orthodoxy — the second-largest Christian community in the world after the Roman Catholic Church.

Many members of St. Innocent Church are drawn to the faith for its ancient traditions, says the Rev. Seraphim Cardoza, who was raised as a Catholic and preached in Protestant churches before he became an Orthodox priest… Read More 


 

ORTHODOX ABBOT TO VISIT ROGUE RIVER

Fr. Gerasim & Fr. Seraphim

Posted: September 2003

Father Gerasim will talk about monastic life in a lecture at St. Innocent’s.

The Orthodox church is looking for a few good monks. It’s not an easy life ‘ poverty, chastity and obedience ‘ but it offers the opportunity to drop all the distractions of life, such as marriage, family, cars, meat, electricity, television, and wardrobe to focus on an intense, solitary and personally transformative path dedicated to prayer, faith and unity with God.

It’s an ancient tradition going back to the early years of Christianity in the third century and it’s undergoing a widespread revival now, said Orthodox Father Gerasim, abbot of St. Herman of Alaska Monastery in the remote, arid hills east of Redding, Calif… Read more


 

CHURCH GROWS UP FROM BARN ALONG I-5 — BUILDING IS LOVE’S LABOR FOR ORTHODOX PRIEST

Fr. Seraphim

Posted: November 1998

Truckers hauling logs along Interstate 5 often honk. Local passers-by smile and wave.

Just north of the freeway about a mile east of the city of Rogue River, an old barn has been converted into a traditional-looking Russian Orthodox Church, complete with cupolas – onion domes – and three-bar crosses.

“When I’m out working on the garden or on the cupola, at least four or five people always stop by,” says the Rev. Seraphim Cardoza. “A lot of them are tourists heading south. They all want to stop and see the building…” Read more