To date, we have yet to implement a central vision regarding material support for clergy in the Russian Church Abroad. For most of them, the need to support themselves and their families entails making a living from a secular occupation while dedicating to the church whatever time is left from their “main job.” But what to do if you have two degrees in Orthodox theology and are already employed by a seminary? I would say that the financial situation of a professor in Jordanville might be better off than that of many a ROCOR priests “employed” by a parish. However, it still lags behind the opportunities that are available in America for many secular academics or clergy of other confessions. In my situation, I wouldn’t be able to run the ROCOR Studies website, write daily reflections on the history and theology of the Orthodox Church, and participate in ecclesiastical and academic events if not for the support of the FFA. For this reason, I am grateful to the FFA for supporting my work again in 2024 and to all of you who, in turn, support the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Church Abroad.
The Fund for Assistance to the Russian Church Abroad Will Support the work of Historical Studies of the Russian Church Abroad in 2024.