A monument to St. John of Kronstadt (photo) was unveiled in California on October 29, 2023. The ceremony took place in a church located in San Diego and consecrated in honor of the famous priest. The ceremony was performed by Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America.
Two bronze images of John of Kronstadt, created by Russian national art workshop “Artproekt” with the assistance of “Under the Protection of the Holy Virgin” Foundation, had been delivered to the United States with the support of the Embassy. One of them was installed in Washington, D.C. near the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
Russian diplomats wanted to take part in today’s remarkable event that contributes to the preservation of our culture, the Russian language, traditional values as well as to strengthening of the unity of our diaspora. Moreover, in these difficult times opportunities are rare, when we can share such joyful moments with our compatriots. However, the State Department refused to approve the trip, the Russian Embassy in the United States declared.
We thank everyone who participated in the implementation of this significant initiative, the goal of which is to enhance the cultural and historical heritage of Russia in America, Russian diplomatic mission writes.
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