Vladika Varlaam’s Daily Diary

MONDAY 01 JULY 2019

This is the first day of July and also Canada’s national holiday which is called Canada Day.  In my youth it was known as Dominion Day and that name has always remained with me.  We used to sing God Save The King [later it was the Queen] before classes commenced in the morning and even […]

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Thank you

Dear Brothers and Sisters. Allow us to take the opportunity to thank all of those who came today to the monastery, even though it was a public holiday. The cleaning and preparations for the “welcoming” of Vladika Varlaam was an obvious act of love and respect but we still wish to express our appreciation because […]

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MONDAY 20 JANUARY 2020

David’s brief visit ended early this morning as his plane departure was around five o’clock and we thus said our goodbyes last night.  My afternoon caregiver arrived promptly at four o’clock and, as she walked in, she roared aloud, “Good afternoon.”  It turned out that she was the girlfriend of Cliff our neighbour who died […]

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WEDNESDAY 15 JANUARY 2020

What a pity it is that I cannot report anything more interesting than snow, more snow and  freezing rain.  We keep hoping that British Columbia’s  famous unpredictable winter weather will suddenly change.  You can see how some of  early blooming shrubs can scarcely wait to  have their colourful buds open up.  Meanwhile, I have not […]

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FRIDAY 10 JANUARY 2020

It finally happened—it snowed during the night and throughout most of the day, something that should have occurred weeks ago.  Now we shall be grumbling about the snowfalls and when spring will arrive.  Father John and Matushka Anna Bingham of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan dropped in, much to our delight and we had so much to […]

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