Dear Friends and Benefactors,
With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the Novo-Diveevo Convent in Nanuet, NY, is launching a campaign to raise funds for much needed repairs and upgrades. Continue reading…
Please support us in one of the following fundraising campaigns:
This building needs significant upgrades to its electrical, heating and ventilation, insulation, plumbing, building layout, kitchen, and offices. This building also includes a small chapel in honor of the Dormition of the Theotokos that houses the historic icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov, which is also in need of repair and restoration.
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The icon-portrait of St. Seraphim is in dire need of repair, restoration, and preservation. This is a complex and costly undertaking requiring the expertise of iconogrpahers and art restorers familiar with restoration of works painted on canvas. Please donate generously to preserve this unique icon-portrait of St. Serpahim of Sarov!
The icon-portrait is one of only several portraits painted ruing his lifetime. It is painted on canvas and depicts St. Seraphim in full height in his later years. The portrait is approximately four feet wide and six feet tall. Currently, it is housed in the smaller Dormition Chapel of Novo-Diveevo within the main convent building.
Its journey from Diveevo Convent in Russia to the Novo-Diveevo Convent in the United States began after the closure of Diveevo by the Soviet government in 1927. The icon was moved to Kiev and remained there until 1943. As the Germans retreated from Kiev during World War II, the portrait was taken by a German translator who was struck by its appearance. He brought the portrait to Europe, to the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Berlin. Father Adrian, later Bishop Andrei of Rockland, was the Cathedral rector at that time. During Allied bombings of Berlin, the Cathedral was damaged by fire, but the icon of St. Seraphim was unharmed, and only a small hole burnt through the icon just below the right arm of the Saint. The icon-portrait was brought to the United States by Father Adrian, was placed in the Dormition Chapel when the Novo-Diveevo Convent was founded, and remains there to this day.
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Additional information about the icon-portrait of St. Seraphim of Sarov.
New flooring is needed to replace outdated and worn carpet and cracked tile.
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One wing is unoccupied and will be converted into apartments. The apartments will be rented to members of our Orthodox community, providing housing, and a new revenue stream for the Convent. Other upgrades are needed in the ambulatory wing of the adult care facility.
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