On February 14, a meeting of the Council of the St. Andrew Endowment Fund was held in Geneva. The fund’s operations over the previous year were summarized and the priorities for 2014 were developed at the meeting.
The agenda included issues related to development of the fund’s operational and legal structure, fund promotion, and attraction of donations.
The meeting of the Council members was focused on discussion of the programs of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called and the Center of National Glory, which will be financially supported by the fund in 2014. The first program to receive funding from the St. Andrew Endowment Fund will be “Pray for Peace of Jerusalem”, which is the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called’s largest peacekeeping project in the Holy Land since 2003.
As part of the “Pray for Peace of Jerusalem” program, on Holy Saturday the delegation of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called will participate in the ceremony of the Holy Light in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and bring the Holy Light for the Paschal Liturgy to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. From the capital the Holy Light will go to many regions of Russia. Over 50 dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church in the European part of Russia, Siberia, the Far East, former Soviet republics and beyond receive the Holy Light. This year the delegation of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called will visit the Holy Land just before Easter on April 18-19.
The decision on financing other programs of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called and the Center of National Glory in 2014, such as “Russian World” and “Service to the Motherland: Events and Names”, will be made in March-April 2014.