The Serbian people met Archpriest Andrey Lemeshonok, the spiritual father of St Elisabeth Convent, with love. Father Andrey visited this country within the frameworks of the Heart 2 Heart Festival organised by our Convent.
His visit lasted for just one day (October 24). Nevertheless, Father Andrey managed to meet His Holiness Irinej, the Patriarch of Serbia; celebrate a service in the Convent in honour of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple; talk with the nuns of that convent; give several big interviews; and answer the questions of the visitors of Heart 2 Heart Festival.
The conversation with Father Andrey at the Festival followed the traditional format: an inquirer would write his question on a sheet of paper and pass the note to Father Andrey; Father Andrey would reply to that question, and the reply was translated into Serbian. Our nuns admitted that this meeting resembled the usual meetings with parishioners, which Father Andrey holds in our Convent every Tuesday. The grateful Serbian audience spent over four hours with Father Andrey. More than three hundred people turned up for the event. The visitors left the meeting hall comforted and happy. They also thanked Father Andrey for coming all the way down to Serbia.
Our sisters had published three books by Father Andrey translated into Serbian for this festival. The books were collectively titled "Questions People Ask"; they are part of Words of The Spiritual Father book series, based on talks and sermons of Archpriest Andrey Lemeshonok. That is why not just the audience of the Festival but also many other Serbs will hopefully be able to find answers to their questions in the warm, simple, and inspiring words of our spiritual father.
October 25, 2017
For the last five years, the Convent of Saint Elisabeth has been hosting a self-help group, offering support and guidance for the relatives of sufferers from substance abuse. Recently, it also began to work with individuals in co-dependent relationships.