11 July 2018 on 82-m to year of life has departed to the Lord, the spiritual father of the monks Pochayiv Lavra Archimandrite George (stets).
Father George (Galaktion D. stets) was born 18 Nov 1935 in S. Kopashnovo, Khust district, Transcarpathian region. In obedience to the Pochaev Lavra was adopted on 20 February 1959. Here he labored for almost 60 years, informs a portal “Orthodox life” with reference to Information and education Department of the UOC.
In 1960, the Abbot of the monastery Archimandrite Sebastian was tonsured a 25-year-old boy into monasticism. Two years later he was ordained deacon, and later a hieromonk by the Bishop of Lviv and Ternopil Gregory.
Father George along with brother survived all the difficult times of persecution from the godless regime, have always stood for the Orthodox faith and piety. As he recalled: “When I was summoned to the police for questioning, I always took the blessing from father Joseph (name of the PDP. Of STS to tonsure into the schema). He said, “Go and fear nothing”.
For his dedicated service and numerous services to the Church Archimandrite George has received many Church awards, had the right to wear the second cross with decorations, was awarded the order of the PDP. Sergey Radonezhsky of III degree. Many years he bore the obedience rural Dean, chaplain and steward of the monastery. 27 years, father George was a constant Confessor of the monks of the Pochaev monastery.
On may 17 of this year, Archimandrite Georgi (stets) was tonsured into the Great schema and 11 July after a long illness went to be with the Lord.