We have been called upon by Christ for the service of love; we cannot afford to deny our compassion for the needy, whom the Lord refers to as the "least of these brothers and sisters of mine” (Matthew 25:40), or to withhold our best efforts to help them. In our works of charity, we are mindful of the old saying: “Worry not about a roaring storm, but about a tear of a needy person”.
Our goal is not to create a heaven on earth by feeding all the hungry and clothing all the destitute. Our social ministry is an expression of our love and compassion for our neighbour. For the Lord, himself repeated many times that by helping the needy, we are doing a service to Him. We draw our inspiration from the Good Samaritan, who put aside his own daily tasks and took upon himself the care of a complete stranger of a different faith, expending a lot of effort and all the money he had at hand, and promised to help more if needed. So should our ministry reach out to everyone in need?
Our main focus is on child and adult patients with mental disabilities who are in need of permanent care and attention; hospital patients, persons suffering from alcohol and drug dependency and their families, and the homeless and vulnerable.
When visiting is not a possibility, our slide shows can help you feel in the midst of the events. See us throughout the year, visit our workshops, farmsteads, come to our worship services online. Be a part of our life.
In the kingdom of heaven, there is no need for human values or hierarchy. It is a new life, a new world and new relationships. We need to focus on Christ, Who came not only to give us courage, but also to teach us to live differently.
You can become a Secret Angel by purchasing products from a special category that will be sent to children with special needs who live permanently in boarding homes which our Sisters look after every day.
There is great wisdom in celebrating Radunitsa during Paschaltide, a time filled with the joy of Christ’s resurrection. This day brings us all together on the church floor as we share the same hope of resurrection.
As August comes to an end, the Orthodox Church prepares to celebrate one of the twelve Great Feasts of the Church, the Dormition of the Theotokos. Here in the Belarusian Orthodox Church, the feast falls on August 28 each year.
Brother Georgy Yurkevich is a long-time member of our monastic family. We asked him about his passion for flying, his discovery of God, and how his experiences at the Convent helped him become a better father, husband, and Christian.
The Saint Elisabeth Orthodox Convent runs and maintains the Ichthys Christian Orthodox School. Because of the school’s commitment to Christian values and the students’ excellent academic results, enrollment to Ichthys has increased.
Not every generation is destined to meet along its path such a blessed gift from heaven as was the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna for her time, for she was a rare combination of exalted Christian spirit, moral nobility, enlightened mind.