Pursuant to the decree of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia dated February 9/22 2022, the sexton of the Convent of St. Mary Magdalene in the Garden of Gethsemane, nun Seraphima (Abadd) was elevated to the rank of vicar of this monastery. During the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of St. Thomas at the Little Entrance, the head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky), brought Mother Seraphima to Vladyka Mark (Arndt), Metropolitan of Berlin and Germany, who announced the Synodal Decree and placed a golden pectoral cross upon her while singing “Axia”.
Mother Seraphim has been a member of the sisterhood of the monastery since 1956. She carried all the obediences at the convent for all these years. She is the caretaker of the altar and the ecclesiarch of the kliros. As Vicar, Mother Seraphima is an assistant to Abbess Elisabeth (Smelic) in the administration of the monastery.
Recently, M. Seraphima gave an interview which we now publish on the Internet.