Soon we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Glorification of St. John. We have recently surveyed our cathedral properties and are doing a few touch ups and minor repairs.
During the past two years we have been able to balance our budget. That is a difficult task as we have more clergy and other staff on payroll than any other ROCOR parish in the world. We have services seven days a week, at least two services a day. We keep the Cathedral open from dawn to dusk four days a week to provide opportunities to visit, pray, enjoy the iconography and frescoes and just to peacefully meditate. We are able to provide all within the parameters of regular income.
Today we are faced with an extraordinary problem. The areas above the main roof line need repairs. The cupola areas, the five crosses need refinishing, and so on. We have an engineers report and estimates for repairs are $250,000. But as I said, our budget is balanced and there is no surplus with which to attend to these needs while they are relatively minor. We did much of same and similar work in 2002 and it held up. But with a 50 year old building and the salt sea air, erosion is ever-present. We ask that you share this cost with us.
In the photo- the Cross above the main entry was renewed recently and the Parish activity building to the right received new paint in April.