His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon requests the prayers of the faithful for the monastics, our brothers and sisters, the first responders, and all those affected by the fires currently burning in Sonoma County and throughout California.
His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin reports the community of the Holy Assumption Monastery in Calistoga, California remains under an evacuation advisory. So far, the monastery has not been given notice to evacuate and it is expected the advisory will be lifted some time on Thursday. Several families from the Saint Seraphim Cathedral parish in Santa Rosa, California have been evacuated as the fires have threatened communities to the north and west of Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa itself experienced devastating fires two years ago and the area is still recovering from that blaze. No word has reached His Eminence that anyone has lost their home so far.
We ask your prayers for all those who have been evacuated and lost their homes be they members of our flock or not.