The Sisters of St Elisabeth’s Convent – Concert
On Wednesday 3rd October 2018, we welcomed the Sisters of St Elisabeth’s Convent, a Russian Orthodox community in Minsk, Belarus, to the parish for a concert of music from The Orthodox Divine Liturgy – as well as Russian and Belarusian traditional folk songs.
St Elisabeth’s Convent is named after the Holy Martyr Grand Princess Elisabeth and was founded in 1999. The convent currently numbers just under 400 nuns and sisters of mercy. Taking up the ministry of their patron saint, the sisters of the convent provide spiritual and social help to the sick and the suffering. They care for some 200 orphaned children with psychophysical difficulties – who they try to rehabilitate and raise in an atmosphere of love and mercy. They run a shelter for 180 people who have been led astray by the rough and tumble of life – the homeless, drug and alcohol dependants, ex-prisoners and the less able. They also run a shelter for women – ex-prisoners, the homeless and the mentally challenged. To support and develop their ministries, they run more than twenty workshops and studios producing sewing and embroidery, candles, wood-carving, stonework and metal goods – and many more. The concert was to raise funds for the work of the sisters.