Holy Trinity Cathedral
Orthodox Church in America
1520 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-5102 (415) 673-8565
http://www.holy-trinity.org; info@holy-trinity.org
Rev. Victor Sokolov, Rector

April 21, 1998
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CATHEDRAL VISITED BY BISHOP; RECEIVES LETTERS OF CONCERN FROM MANY ACROSS COUNTRY

SAN FRANCISCO - Following the fire which occurred at Holy Trinity Cathedral on Pascha morning, Sunday, April 19, the Cathedral has been the recipient of many expressions of good will from around the country and the world. The clergy and members of the parish thank the Risen Lord for this outpouring of support and concern.

Telephone calls were received from His Beatitude THEODOSIUS, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, and Protopresbyter Robert S. Kondratick, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America.

Today, the parish was blessed by the visit of the Right Reverend TIKHON, Bishop of San Francisco and the West. His Grace inspected the damage at the Cathedral and blessed the reconstruction work. Bishop TIKHON noted that 1998 will be remembered as the year Holy Trinity Cathedral was saved by a miracle from a major fire.

Messages were also received from the Right Reverend BASIL, Titular Bishop of Enfeh al-Koura (Antiochian Archdiocese), and many other reverend clergy and laity from around the United States and the world.

At this time, nothing further is reported about the cause of the blaze. Insurance officials and contractors are working with the Parish Council to restore the temple and other parish spaces in a timely manner.