Michael Wynne-Parker has been appointed Head of The Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.
Approval for the establishment of the Society in the UK was given on June 26th at a meeting of the IOPS Council in Moscow presided over by Mr Sergei Stepashin,Chairman.
The Society was established in 1882 under the protection of Alexander 111 whose brother Grand Duke Sergei became first President. Upon his death in 1905 his widow Grand Duchess Elizabeth Presided until 1918-later Canonized as Holy Martyr Elizabeth Feodorovna.
The Society continues to develop the original aims of the society to sustain the Christian heritage within the Holy Land including the protection of churches,schools,hospices,monasteries, and to organize pilgrimages,conferences,seminars and cultural activities.
Shortly the UK Branch Trustees and Advisory Board Members will be announced.
Michael Wynne-Parker, Trustee Diocese of Sourozh, represented the UK diocese at the 135th Anniversary Celebrations of The Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society in Moscow.
Michael Wynne-Parker has been appointed Vice President for the UK and Europe of CASTLE Family Office, Singapore.
HRH paid his second visit to the Cathedral in Ennismore Gardens, London to attend a Service of Thanksgiving and Concert in celebration of the 90th birthday of HM The Queen. He was received by Archbishop Elisey and the Trustees, Michael Wynne-Parker, Adrian Dean, Anton Zakharov and Alexei Motlokhov.
HE Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh, Head of the Russian Orthodox Church of Great Britain and Ireland and Michael Wynne-Parker, Diocesan Trustee hosted a Reception and Dinner in honour of HH Patriarch Kirill during his official visit to the UK. Present were representatives of different aspects of British society from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. HH was piped in by Major Potter of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and Miss Maria Oaks, Harpist, played traditions Welsh, English and Irish airs.
HH Patriarch Kirill blessed the icon of Royal Martyr Nicholas 11 which has been presented by the people of Russia to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Regimental HQ in Edinburgh.
HH Partiarch Kirills visit marks the 300th Anniversary of the London Russian Orthodox Church and included the Festive Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Dormition, Ennismore Gardens, London, and meetings with HM The Queen and the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury.
HH Patriarch Kirill addressing the guests. Michael Wynne-Parker and Alexey Maslov
Michael Wynne-Parker addressing HH. Sir Angus Grossart (HH left) Count Tolstoy (right)