Father Philip Balingit has been at the center of the Philippine Mission from the beginning. He guided Father Seraphim and Fr Silouan on their mission visit in 2013, and was part of the disaster response of the Church of Russia after the catastrophic Super-Typhoon Yolanda. For the past two years he has been studying at the Moscow Theological Academy.
This Saturday, July 18, at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Strathfield, Australia, Father Philip was tonsured to the Small Schema, and on Sunday the 19th, he was ordained to the diaconate by His Grace George, Bishop of Canberra.
We have just received these photos from Vladyka George:
July 18, 2015: Rassophore-Monk Philip is tonsured to the Small Schema
July 19, 2015: Monk Philip is Ordained Subdeacon
July 19, 2015: Ordination to the holy Diaconate