My name is Archimandrite Pachomy (John Belkoff) and I am the abbot of St. Sabbas Orthodox Monastery in Harper Woods, Michigan.
On the evening of October 19 2023, the campus of St. Porphyrius Orthodox Church in Gaza, a community which dates back to the 5th century A.D., was struck by several missiles; 18 civilians were killed, including elderly and children. The church halls were providing shelter to hundreds of both Muslim and Christian civilians. His Eminence, Archbishop Alexios Moschonas of Tiberias lives at St. Porphyrius as the local bishop and is a personal friend of mine. As often as circumstances allow, he calls me and gives updates about how he and the people who make up his flock are struggling to survive.
St. Sabbas Monastery is raising money to contribute to the humanitarian welfare of civilians taking shelter at the campus of St. Porphyrius Church. People are in dire need of fuel, power, water, food, and other basic necessities. To that end we are asking for the support of people of good will across the globe. All proceeds will be directed from St. Sabbas to the official Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, to which St. Porphyrius belongs.
Please read more about our cause from this article of the Detroit Free Press.
Thank you and God bless you all.