Brotherhood of St Anastasia was founded as a charity in 1992.
Both clergy and congregation take part in the work and there are now over
sixty workers. The Brotherhood was
named after St Anastasia since this saint was known for her mercy when she cared
for Christians in prison bringing healing both to their bodies and souls.
Following her example the Brotherhood works in two main areas: helping
people in prison and working in health care.
Brotherhood priests serve in a prison at
the Metallostroy settlement and a juvenile prison at Kolpino.
Brotherhood members provide spiritual support to prisoners in prisons
across Russia by writing letters and sending Christian literature,
audio-cassettes, foodstuffs, medicine and clothing. A project to rehabilitate former prisoners has been set up in
the village of Pashitny, Pskovskaya region.
Here there is a house and a small farm where former prisoners can live
and work. A small church has also
been constructed not far from the house.
The health care work is organised within
the Brotherhood by the Pokrov Sisterhood. This
Sisterhood was formed by people concerned about the quality of care received by
sick people. There are now over
forty people involved in the work. Sisters/Brothers
of Mercy work voluntarily in the Pokrovskaya and Marinskaya hospitals and also
in the Children’s Hospital No 3 (infections clinic).
Here basic care is provided for seriously ill patients along with
spiritual support for those who want it. Sisterhood
members study on a primary six-month medical course at the Medical College No 6.
It is also possible for them to complete the full nurse training course
and receive a recognised qualification if they so wish.
Subjects in theology are studied alongside the medical training.
An important aspect of our work is that
undertaken with disadvantaged children through the Dom Miloserdia children’s
shelter. This state ‘centre for
social rehabilitation’ is housed within the Brotherhood building.
The shelter runs as a community. Many
shelter workers are also church members. In
summer the shelter’s children go on holiday to a house in the village of
Vellibitzy, Novgorod region. It is
here that the 'first stages in social adaptation’ work is organised.
The Brotherhood has a care-home for sick
people who would otherwise have no one to care for them.
Some of these old people in need of care are able to stay at the
‘Pokrovskaya Obitel” where specialist treatment is made available.
‘Vitassie’ youth club is run by the
Brotherhood and held within its building. It’s
motto is “For Russia, For Faith!” Each
week about forty young people attend Vitassie lessons and events.
For six years Vitassie has held a summer camp in the Pskovskaya region
not far from the Brotherhood’s rehabilitation centre.
The Brotherhood plans to organise an
overnight shelter and soup-kitchen for homeless people.
The Brotherhood is able to carry out
it’s work through funding received from individuals and organisations.
Money is also raised by publicity events/exhibitions, charity sales of
hand-made goods and other business ventures carried out in accordance with the
Brotherhood’s charter. All
received finance is used in our charity work.
The Brotherhood successfully works in
education. It organises workshops,
conferances and exhibitions. Since
1997 we have produced a newspaper called “Gorod Zolotoy” (The Golden City).
The Brotherhood actively supports the broadcasting of Christian
programmes such as “Golos Pravoslavnia” (The Voice of Orthodoxy).
Their Christian audio-cassettes have been sent to many people and
organisations for many years. Each
Sunday the Brotherhood’s priests talk about the Christian Orthodox faith in
the Church of St Anastasia (located in the Brotherhood’s building) and also in
the Church of Prince-Saints Theodor, David and Constantine.
There is a working library at the
Brotherhood containing books and literature on a variety of theological subjects.
you for your interest in our work. If
you would like to know more or feel you could support us in any way please
contact us at the address below:
The Brotherhood of St Anastasia,
199034 St Petersburg,
Nab. Lt. Shmidta, d. 39,
Tel/Fax: (007 812) 323-28-67
Bank Details: Bank St Petersburg Plc.
S.W.I.F.T. YSBSRU 2P
Account No: 40703280048000200899 (DM)
Account No: 40703840048000200899 ($)
Account Holder: St Petersburg Orthodox Charitable Brotherhood of St Anastasia