Sheffield Lake, OH - His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America made a visit on Thursday, July 28, 2011 to St. Mark's Monastery located outside of Lorain in Sheffield, Ohio, a short drive from the shores of Lake Erie.
This monastery is the location for the annual summer children's camp. Bishop Mitrophan was greeted and welcomed by V. Rev. Archimandrite Leontije (Alavanja), abbot of the monastery and Rev. Dragan Goronjic who was the priest assigned to this last week of camp at St. Mark's.
The bishop met with the children and reviewed with them some of the subjects they covered during the camp religious classes. As the theme for the Serbian Orthodox camps throughout the country this year was the "The Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit" the bishop spoke to the children in detail about some of the things in modern culture which are becoming more and more popular but are contrary to our faith, such as tattoos, piercings, cremation, mutilation.
His Grace stayed for lunch with the campers after which he returned to the diocese. The campers sang Eis polla eti despota as the bishop left.