July 5, 2010
FL: Abbot Augustine (Whitfield) has reposed in the Lord
Sunday, July 4, Dom Augustine (Whitfield), Abbot of the Congregation
of Mt. Royal in Jacksonville, FL, reposed in the Lord.
His Grace Jerome,
Bishop of Manhattan, told the Diocesan Media Office about the life of
the newly departed Abbot Augustine:
"Fr. Augustine came
of a very old American family stretching back to Scotland, and is
distantly related to the Scottish Royal House. The 17th century
Whitfield House that appears in architectural books on Connecticut was
built by his ancestors. He was from the Southern branch of the family,
and his grandfather, Judge John Whitfield, was well known in
Raised in the
Episcopal (Anglican) Church, Fr. Augustine first became interested in
the Old Catholic movement, and was often taken to Jordanville by the
late Archbishop William Henry Francis Brothers, with whom he converted
to Orthodoxy in 1961. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop
Dositheus of the Moscow Patriarchate, and received into the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside of Russia by Archbishop Nikon (Rklitsky) of
Washington and Florida, during Holy Week of 1975, at St. Vladimir
always worked towards reviving Western Orthodoxy and seeing the
resurrection of the Western Orthodox Church, which existed until 1054.
He lived a monastic life according to the Rule of St. Benedict, and
influenced many people of Western background to join the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. He had a great veneration for St.
John Maximovitch, and also for Archbishop Nikon.
During his last
years, he also became close to Metropolitan Hilarion, who was a great
source of moral support, and who visited him in Jacksonville a few
We ask all clergy of the Eastern
American Diocese to pray for the repose of the newly departed Abbot
Office of the Eastern American Diocese