28 Nov 2018 Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill took part in the plenary session of the fifth Forum of Orthodox women on “Women’s feat in the history of Russia. 1918-2018”, held in the Hall of Church cathedrals of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, reports patriarhiei. The V Forum of Orthodox women held in the year marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first Union of Orthodox women in Russia.
The Congress was attended by delegations of the regional offices of the Union of Orthodox women from 35 regions of the Russian Federation and 6 countries abroad, representatives of women’s organizations, the mother superior of several convents, clergy wives, mothers, teachers of Orthodox schools, representatives of the Union of Muslims of Russia.
Among the participants were Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Irina Yarovaya, head of the Department of national policy and interregional relations of Moscow V. I. Knots.
The meeting also visited the Patriarchal vicar of the Moscow diocese, Metropolitan of Krutitsy and Kolomna Juvenaly, first Deputy Chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan of Tver and Kashin Savva, Archbishop of Vitebsk and Orsha Dimitry, Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media V. Legoida.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church addressed the congregation with a primatial homily.
Then his Holiness Patriarch Kirill presented Church awards.
In consideration of the contribution to the preservation of traditional values in society and in connection with the 80th anniversary of the birth of Orthodox journalist and writer, member of writers Union of the USSR VA the son of Alphaeus, was awarded the order of St. innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomna, class III.
In consideration of the contribution to the preservation of traditional moral and cultural values of the medal “the Patriarch’s gratitude,” was awarded the co-chair of the International public organization “Union of Orthodox women”, the President of the Fund equal to the apostles Constantine and Helena A. P. Ositis and co-chair of the NGO “Union of Orthodox women”, member of the Bureau of the world Russian people’s Council N.B. Zhukov.
In blessing for childbearing and maternal service of the President of the women’s Council of the Voronezh diocese, member of the Board of NGO “Union of Orthodox women” T. A. Volodko was awarded the Patriarch’s sign of motherhood of the II degree.
Medal “In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Patriarchate in the Russian Orthodox Church” was awarded to:
- Director of “TGC Gostiny Dvor”, the Chairman of the regional branch of the NGO “Union of Orthodox women” in the Smolensk region, member of the Public chamber of the Union state L. P. Azarenkova;
- artistic Director and Director of the Moscow theater of art journalism, member of the Union of writers of Russia, member of Council of NGO “Union of Orthodox women” E. L. Ivanova;
- chief physician, State Autonomous institution of healthcare of Moscow region “Mytishchi city polyclinic № 2” L. V. Kikot;
- chief doctor of dental clinic No. 34 of the Department of health of Moscow, member of the Board of “Union of Orthodox women” I. V. Crouter;
- Director of the educational center “Ermine” in Novosibirsk I. G. Putintseva.
Co-chair of the NGO “Union of Orthodox women” N.B. Zhukov on behalf of all the audience thanked his Holiness for participation in the forum.
Next we were shown a documentary about the 100th anniversary of the Union of Orthodox women “Interrupted flight. Return” (author scenario and Director — Olga Mirchevska, Executive producer — Ivan Prytkov).
The participants of the forum asked the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Irina Yarovaya.
After the speeches, guests were shown presentations on the subject of the forum.
After the plenary session was followed by the concert.