Eugene Ross and Gleb Podmoshensky started their monastic pursuit in Platina, CA, in the late 1960s. Mary and Catherine Mansur moved to the area in the mid-1970s to help in their missionary endeavors. They became spiritual children of Fr. Seraphim (Rose) and remained close to him until his repose in 1982. The students of this graduate class that studies the Russian Church Abroad as an anthropological phenomenon have been visiting the Mansur for a class dedicated to the missionary activity of the Russian Church Abroad.