Russian Orthodox Church with Bishop Pitirim

About the programme

Learn about the prayers and practices of the Russian Orthodox Church, a minority Christian group in Singapore. Meet Bishop Pitirim who will be sharing the various life-cycle rituals of this little-known religious community with participants!

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Details

Programme Details

Language

English

Ticket Price

S$10 (excluding eventbrite service fee)

Where

Entrance of Russian Orthodox Church (110 Highland Rd Singapore 549190)

Instructions

Please dress respectfully (e.g. collared shirt, long pants and covered shoes). Masks are mandatory.

Participants must abide by the house rules set out by the host (eg. out-of-bound areas, use of toilet). Facilitators will brief participants before the start of the programme.

Please arrive 20 minutes before our scheduled meeting time for registration and temperature taking.

Please do not attend the event if you are feeling unwell.

Look out for our facilitators who will be wearing yellow or blue  festival t-shirts.

Meet Bishop Pitirim Dondenko!

Hello everyone, I am Bishop Pitirim and I come from Odessa, Ukraine. When I first arrived in Singapore in 2003, I essentially had no relationship with my religion and to be very honest, I did not expect myself to become a priest! It was precisely because I felt so ‘free and happy’ in Singapore that it started to feel disquieting. That was when I started attending masses at the Russian Orthodox Church.

In many ways, the Orthodox Church leadership has been very generous in developing me – someone with no formal religious education – as a religious leader. I am excited to share with all participants the various prayers and practices we conduct here and hopefully help you learn more about our tiny but growing community!

More about the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Singapore

The Russian Orthodox Diocese of Singapore was established on 12 October 2007 after a 2003 tour of Southeast Asia convinced Metropolitan Kirill (now Patriarch of Moscow, the highest authority in the Russian Orthodox Church) that an official religious community was needed for the Russian diaspora to cohere towards. In 2014, the Church moved to its present location at 110 Highland Road. Today, a larger premise is currently under construction at the upcoming Russian Cultural Centre.

The Russian Orthodox community has steadily grown over the years and now boasts a healthy congregation of a few hundred followers. While COVID-19 has seen many parishioners (mostly from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Romania, and Serbia) return home, the Church’s weekly Sunday services are still fully subscribed.