Mary Naumenko has been involved in parish ministry for thirty-five years together with her husband who is a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church. She is the translator of two books of spiritual counsel from Russian into English: Letters to Spiritual Children (Nikodemos Orth
"From now on I am entrusted with the care for all the Russian churches, and what awaits me is the gradual dying for them all my days," answered St Tikhon upon being notified of his election. "Who is content with this even amongst those who are firmer than I? But let the will of the Lord be done..."