Funeral service for Elder Ephraim of Arizona today at St. Anthony Orthodox Monastery in Florence, Arizona
More than 4,000 mourners are expected to attend today’s funeral service and interment of Elder Ephraim of Arizona, who reposed in the Lord on Sunday morning at the St. Anthony Orthodox Monastery in Florence, Arizona.
The Archbishop of America, His Eminence Elpidophoros, will co-officiate at the funeral service in the early afternoon, local time, along with the Metropolitan of Atlanta, His Eminence Alexios, the Metropolitan of San Francisco, His Eminence Gerassimos, and the Metropolitan of Denver, His Eminence Isaiah.
The Abbot of the Monastery of Philotheou, the Elder Archimandite Nikodimos, will represent the Mt. Athos Monastery where the Elder Ephraim of Arizona was once the hegumen, or Abbot, along with several other Athonite Fathers and Ephraim’s spiritual offspring from around the world.
A repast will follow for the mourners, in the Monastery’s dining room.
The reposed Elder was a pioneer of Orthodox monasticism in North America, helping found numerous monasteries in the United States and Canada, and creating a spiritual “oasis” and venerable Orthodox Christian outpost in the barren Sonora Desert.