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Blessed Repose and Eternal Memory- Fr Richard Rohrer #419392
07/19/19 12:47 PM
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This message from Facebook

Glory to Jesus Christ!

My name is Father Iouri Koslovskii, and I have the unfortunate duty to address all of you, fr. Rick’s friends, from His Facebook page, with the notice of His passing into the House of the Lord. He died on Sunday night, July 14, at 10:35 PM Kyiv Time (3:35 PM EDT).

For many of us, Father Rick was so much more than just a Facebook friend. He was a person who always left a mark on the soul of the people that he befriended. With his sincerity, love, intentionality to help and serve, honesty, openness, knowledge, and spiritual integrity he entered lives of so many of us like an angel of God’s calm and simple power.

His last dream was that of transferring to Ukraine and working on Project Rachel (post-abortion reconciliation ministry). His trip to Ukraine two weeks ago was arduous. After a nine hours flight to Prague, there was no other option but to take a bus into Ukraine, which takes about 17 hours. He was then detained at the border and spent 12 hours sorting out the situation. I was allowed to pick him up late at night, and when I met him at the gate of the facility, I expected to see a tired and exhausted man after several days of sleepless trials. Instead, I was met with this big smile on his face and a spring in his step. Something, I didn’t see in him for years. And it was not just an expression of the end of challenging adventures. It was happiness for having arrived at the place that he longed for in years.

His last day was the day of the Lord, Sunday. He celebrated a beautiful liturgy in the morning. After lunch, even though it was raining heavily and the temperatures were low, we took a trip together with my family to Stradch, a place of pilgrimage outside Lviv, where monks inhabited caverns since the twelfth century. We visited the church and the graves of the many people who chose to be buried there entrusting their souls to the everlasting prayers of the monks. The same mount became a place of martyrdom for members of our Church at the hand of Soviet soldiers in 1941. We came back to the facility where we attended a dance competition of our students and then during the little dancing night that followed. He asked one of our teachers to a dance. Finished it, bowed and with a smile on his face collapsed to the ground.

If you knew him, you would know how much he appreciated dancing. Two days ago, he was preaching at the vespers inviting everyone to learn to dance, because otherwise, you will be bored in heaven (Psalms 149:3). The lady that danced with him last said that he probably never realized what happened to him and just kept dancing on, but in front of the Heavenly Altar.

Re: Blessed Repose and Eternal Memory- Fr Richard Rohrer [Re: Halupki1] #419393
07/19/19 12:48 PM
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Today at 12 PM (New York Time) 7PM (Kyiv Time) we hope to begin the Parastas for newly departed Fr. Rick at the Church of Ukrainian neo-martyrs at vul. Stryiska 31. A live stream will be provided on his Facebook page (Richard Paul Rohrer). All-nighter vigil with the reading of the gospels will follow.

Завтра о 19.00 за Києвом (12.00 за Нью Йорком) розпочнемо священичий парастас за новопредставленим отцем Річардом у храмі Новомучеників УГКЦ за адресою вул. Стрийська 31. На цій сторінці буде проводитися пряма трансляція. Далі буде всенічне чування з читаннями Євангелій.

Re: Blessed Repose and Eternal Memory- Fr Richard Rohrer [Re: Halupki1] #419394
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Memorial Services for Father Richard “Rick” Rohrer

On Wednesday, July 24th, there will be 2 memorial services at SS Cyril and Methodius in Cary, NC in order to accommodate the number of people anticipated.

10 AM Divine Liturgy and Panakhida, followed by a potluck luncheon

6:30 PM Divine Liturgy and Panakhida, followed by a reception

**Please RSVP to sscyrilmethodius@gmail.com or call the parish at (919) 239-4877 and indicate which service you will be attending, how many people and if you will be bringing a dish (not required to attend**

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Project Rachel or the St Nicholas Orphanage in Ukraine. Make checks out to SS Cyril and Methodius and indicate on note line “Project Rachel” or “Orphanage”

Re: Blessed Repose and Eternal Memory- Fr Richard Rohrer [Re: Halupki1] #419395
07/19/19 11:05 PM
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What a beautiful "Christian ending...."!

May his Memory be Eternal!

VIchnaya pamjat!

Re: Blessed Repose and Eternal Memory- Fr Richard Rohrer [Re: Halupki1] #419396
07/21/19 10:03 PM
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Virginia!
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Virginia!
May the Lord God grant to His servant, the priest Richard, a blessed repose!

Eternal Memory! Vičnaja jemu pamjat!


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