After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


Memory Eternal Fr. Vladimir Anderson

reposed December 16, 2010

Alex Anderson knows his father died under Agafangel

My daughter, Gabrieilla, first met Alex Anderson in 1999 when he came to visit Fr. Gregory's community for the summer.  She had not seen him in over a decade when, out of the blue, in 2016, he thought to send her an email.  He was surprised to find that she is now living in Oregon.  The next Sunday he met us in Portland at church.

Following is a copy of my email account to Fr. Gregory:

Alex Anderson


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Joanna Higginbotham

Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 6:43 PM
To: frgregory

Dear Fr. Gregory,

Yesterday Fr. Photios read the exorcisms prayers over Gabriella
after the Liturgy.  Earlier in the week, totally out of the blue, Alex
Anderson contacted Gabriella by email.   She invited him to attend the
exorcism prayers.  It turns out that Alex had done some carpentry in
the parish, so he was not unfamiliar with the parish nor unknown to
the parish.  He has not been attending church services anywhere
lately, saying he is put off by all the jurisdictional disputes.

At the coffee hour I took the opportunity to tell Alex that his father
actually was in our ROCA before he went to the hospital.  My intention
was to remind him that his father would want him to go to church and
to be loyal to the ROCOR.  But Alex was not receptive to this.

Instead he said something that shocked me, and also shocked Gabriella
even though she has no real understanding of the ROCOR-MP union..
Alex said he hates "politics" and that knew all about his father and
that his father was given a funeral far more than he deserved.

This was so bizarre that both Gabriella and I at first thought he must
mean that Fr. Vladimir died with some horrible secret sin.  But later,
after Vespers (during the reading of the anathemas) I realized what he meant.  

I confronted Alex and told him he was dishonoring his father by thinking
that his father had been a schismatic and that the OCA was doing his
father a great favor by giving him a funeral at all.  I told Alex that
Fr. Vladimir was a true son of ROCOR his entire Orthodoxy life and
truly he did not deserve to be buried in world Orthodoxy.

I also told him that he was either an apostate or a schismatic or both
and that I would not stand by and let him draw my daughter down with
him into world Orthodoxy – that I would keep him at a distance, unless
he wants to return to the true Church, in which case then I want to
help him.  He did not like that at all, and said I was offending him.

Alex later told Gabriella in private, "Your mother hates me."
. . .

Gabriella notes that Alex must have been well aware that his Dad was an Agafangelite or else Alex would not have said that his father's OCA funeral was "more" than his Dad deserved.  The ROCOR-MP spread the falsity that Fr. Vladimir was "briefly" in a "schsimatic" group but returned to the "true" ROCOR before his death.  Alex surely knows that his Dad was an "UNREPENTANT" Agafangelite – despite what ROCOR-MP claims otherwise...

ROCOR-MP lies to make people believe Fr. Vladimir was one of theirs.
News From the Western American Diocese  

On December 16, 2010, one of the Western American Diocese's senior priests, Father Vladimir Anderson, reposed. Fr Vladimir served his last Divine Liturgy on Pascha of 2007. Unfortunately after that he got involved with a schismatic group and broke with his canonical bishop. By the mercy of God in the last two months of his life Father Vladimir brought repentance, received the Holy Gifts and was reconciled to the fullness of the Orthodox Church. The services for the departed for Fr Vladimir were held at the St. Seraphim Church (Orthodox Church in America) in Santa Rosa with the participation of clergy from the Russian Church Abroad, Orthodox Church in America, and the Serbian and Bulgarian Orthodox Churches. 

The truth is that the last 2 months of Fr. Vladimir's life his world-Orthodox family would not allow him to have any contact with his metropolitan (Agafangel) or anyone of us from the true ROCOR. ~jh

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