ACTIVE SUPPORT FOR THE
MISSIONARY ENDAVORS IN MEXICO
The first iconographic attempts of Father Arsenius (Vazquez)
It is a great spiritual joy that we can report that our long-time collaborator and valuable associate of our Board for Culture, and The Board for Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, iconographer Rade M. Pavlovich, has found himself in a position to give his selfless contribution to the missionary endavors and establishment of Orthodoxy in distant Mexico.
Namely, as the good sound is heard in great distance, upon learning of Rade and being convinced that he is one of the finest Serbian iconpainters of our time, who for the last thirteen years iconpaints with the blessing of the late Serbian Patriarch K.K. Pavle, The Venerable Hieromonk Arsenius (Vasquez) , from The Monastery of The Holy Trinity in Mexico City, has addressed him asking him to become one of the few elect, who will be introduced to the secrets of Orthodox iconography by Rade, so that, in this way, the Church's mission in the New World would be continued and enriched.
Our esteemed associate has accepted this in good spirit, selflessly and with great dedication and love, recognizing Father Arsenius’s great talent and a great desire to master this ancient and sacred art and craft, by which the Lord and all His Saints are venerated.
By the way, Father Arsenius was born a Mexican, who came in contact with Orthodoxy after his sister got married to a Serb and converted to the Orthodox Faith.
Since he himself, on several occasions, visited Serbia, he had the opportunity to become acquainted with Orthodoxy and, by visiting Serbian churches and monastic communities, fel in love with the Orthodox monastic way of life, which has kindled in his noble soul a desire that he sets himself on the road of the knowledge of God, and that he himself becomes a Monk.
At that time The Lord has granted him to meet The Very Venerable Hegumen Nektarios, the Abbot of the said Monastery of The Holy Trinity in Mexico City, and the Clergyman of The Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, who hass anointed him, naming him Vasily, and receiving him to The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of our Lord.
After that, he spent two years as a Novice, and 14 years ago he became a Monk, receiving the name of Arsenius. Two years ago, Father Arsenius was ordained to the priestly rank of Hierodeacon, and then to the rank of the Hieromonk, by His Eminence, The Most Reverend, k.k. Kyrill (Dmitriev), The Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America as the Hierarch of the jurisdiction.
Monastery of The Holy Trinity now has six monks, and Father Arsenius has, according to the blessing of his Abbot, as a gifted artist, received a task to travel to Serbia, to dedicate himself to the studies and perfection in the art of the Orthodox iconpainting.
Before he came to our associate, Rade M. Pavlovich, Father Arsenius has, fullfiling this task, spent three months in the Monastery of Visoki Dechani. Now, with the blessing of His Holiness the Archbishop of Pech, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovtzi and Serbian Patriarch K.K. Irinej, he is temporarily serving in The Church of Assumption in Belgrade and continues to successfully acquire new knowledge and skills that will serve the mission of the Orthodox Church in Mexico.
On behalf of The Center for Research of Orthodox Monarchism, in addition to the selfless efforts of teaching Father Arsenius, our associate has donated to The Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Mexico City one of his high-quality icons, The Holy Virgin of Don, and to The Abbot Nectarios, he has sent as gift an icon of his monastic Patron Saint, Saint Nectarios of Aegina.
May The Lord grant many and blessed years to our Orthodox brethren in Mexico and much success in the testimony of The Word of Christ in those distant meridians.