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Representatives of Church of England visited St. Petersburg, Moscow and Valaam
Third Summer Institute for representatives of the Church of England was held from September 16 to September 26, 2019 on the basis of the General Church Graduate School and Doctoral School named after Saints of Equal-to-the-Apostles Cyril and Methodius with the support of the Russkiy Mir Foundation.
A delegation of 14 clerics and theological students was led by Bishop Jonathan Goodall of Ebbsfleet.
The main goals of the institute were to introduce the participants to the cultural and spiritual life of Russia and to strengthen cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Church of England.
On September 16, 17 and 21, the delegation visited the St. Petersburg archdiocese. Guided tours of the city's holy sites were organized for the guests: Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The group also visited the St. Petersburg Theological Academy. From September 18 to 20, the delegation stayed on the island of Valaam, where they got acquainted with the monastic life and the organization of the Valaam Spaso-Preobrazhensky stauropegic monastery.
September 22 began with the Moscow part of the institute's program. The delegation visited the postgraduate and doctoral studies at the Church, the Moscow Theological Academy, Sretensky Theological Seminary, as well as the The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the Martha and Mary Convent, the Novospassky and Sretensky Monasteries, the Chernigov Patriarchal Metochion and the memorial complex named after Protopriest Alexander Men in Semadkhoz (Sergiev Posad).
The Summer Institute ended on September 26 with a meeting with Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations and the Rector of the Central Orthodox Church Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
Natalia Semenova, Moscow