Archimandrite Joachim (Parr) suspended from the priesthood

September 28, 2016

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In a decree dated September 22, 2016 and delivered September 25, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA (Moscow Patriarchate), suspended Archimandrite Joachim (Parr) from the holy priesthood, according to the Facebook page Mercy House Abuse.

Archimandrite Joachim, spiritual father of the St. Mary of Egypt monastic brotherhood, including its Savior's Desert Skete (Treadwell Abbey) and lower Manhattan's Mercy House, a mission to the poor and needy which he founded in 1993, was also forbidden to wear the priestly pectoral cross and ordered to return the holy antimens and Chrism used in services at the abbey and at Mercy House.

While the official reason for his suspension was not given, various questions about the details of Fr. Joachim's life and practices at the monastery and mission center have been raised over the past few years.

Fr. Joachim is perhaps better known in Russia, following a series of talks at various parishes and Church institutions in 2011 and the publication of several of his works in Russian.

For more information, contact the diocesan chancellory at +1 (877) 431-7348.

Addendum: In a news article on Pravmir, Igumen Nikodim (Balyasnikov), representative of the Patriarchal parishes, is quoted as stating that Fr. Joachim (Parr) was suspended based upon article 120 of the Nomocanon concerning the revelation of confessions, and violating priestly vows.

28 сентября 2016 г.

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Valeria 3 февраля 2017, 08:00
Fr. Ioakim is true man! He is true Christian! I have watched him on YouTube for years. He helped spirituality many people (l have seen it with my own eyes). I am russian, living in USA. I feel sorry for hierarchy of my country who made this wrong decision about Fr. Ioakim. But we all remember,when St. John Maksimovich was condemned, he said that was not people's work, but devil's. That what we're seeing now again. I'm going to pray for Father Ioakim, I wish someday I could bow to him, and kiss his holy hand. Valeria P.S. If anybody knows where he is now, could you write me, please, on my email, (
sara 4 января 2017, 00:00
Father Joachim is a saint. I had the great honor to meet this man of God. His persecution is proof of his sanctity. This world belongs to the evil one, that hates, slanders and persecutes God's children.
Bulgarian Centre24 декабря 2016, 00:00
Ia 22 ноября 2016, 08:00
(1) Joachim Parr has harmed and wronged many people and this is ongoing. This is a fact. Who denies it? (2) Anyone who rationalizes or justifies Joachim Parr in any way is complicit in his horrific acts. (3) Give him your love, but give your love also to his victims, who are many. Otherwise you're hypocrites.
Daniela 2 ноября 2016, 00:00
There are also videos in defense of Father Joachim Parr showing that all the accusations were vain and false (unfortunately they are only in Russian yet): I tried to post a comment in protection of Father Joachim at Russian website, but they didn't accept it, accepting only abusive comments. Thanks to God, there are still people who like Father Joachim and pray for him. The persecutors of this righteous man are now celebrating their victory, but we know that it is Christ who will win after all the winners, and He will wipe away every tear from the eyes of those persecuted now...
Daniela28 октября 2016, 09:00
В защиту схиархим. Иоакима Парра: Я пыталась разместить комментарий в защиту о.Иоакима на сайте журнала "Благодатный огонь", но не получилось. Они принимают в основном только ругательные комментарии. Я писала, что, слава Богу, есть еще люди, которые любят батюшку и молятся за него. Гонители праведника сейчас торжествуют победу, но мы знаем, что после всех победителей победит Христос. И Он отрет всякую слезу с очей гонимого ныне...
Constantin27 октября 2016, 12:00
Christ in our midst! We are looking a way to reach Fr. Joachim Parr. We want to invite him to a confference for students and young families. You can help as?
Mary14 октября 2016, 07:00
Dear all, I have great news for all the faithful Christians out there! The slandering of Father Joachim is not only making him more famous around the World, but it will help his Light shine above all the mean, tormented souls who are trying to hurt him, a defender of true Orthodoxy. I have friends in Greece, Russia, Georgia, Bulgaria, and Romania who have reached out to me or some of my friends to ask about him. Lay people and clergy around the world are praying for Father Joachim. Two Saturdays ago, after this article came out, Mercy house was filled with tens of people who came from New Jersey, Long Island, and Connecticut to shower Father Joachim with their love and show their support. People believe in Father Joachim because he taught us all about LOVE and how to LOVE.
mary14 октября 2016, 06:00
I leave you all with St. John Chrysostom's last words in mind - " " (Glory be to God for all things) - and I wholeheartedly invite you to ponder on the meaning of love and how a true Christin should act and behave. I leave the Scriptures talk for me... Leviticus 19:18 'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD. Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, John 15:12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I loved you. John 15:17 This is My command to you: Love one another. Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another. Romans 13:8 Be indebted to no one, except to one another in love, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law. Romans 13:10 Love does no wrong to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law. Galatians 5:14 The entire Law is fulfilled in a single decree: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Ephesians 5:2 and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 Now about brotherly love, you do not need anyone to write to you, because you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.
Mary14 октября 2016, 06:00
His story reminds me of the story of St. John Chrysostom, who was popular with the common, poor people, but unpopular with the wealthy and the clergy. His speaking the truth resulted in his deposition and banishment. He died in exile - yet he is one of the greatest Saints of our Church, who will be glorified as long as this Earth lives. Like Father Joachim, his straightforward understanding of the Scriptures meant that the themes of his talks were practical, explaining the Bible's application to everyday life. This is why I feel blessed to have met Father Joachim. He taught me to love - love others more than myself and love God above ALL! I was lost when I went to see him and he helped me gain faith, balance, forgiveness and wisdom. I pray for him every night and day and I hope that all the love he has given me will fall back on him. I do not worry for Father Joachim; being slandered will make him stronger and his light will shine even more. I invite you all to follow Christ's commandment of love: Galatians 6:2 Bear you one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. If Father Joachim is guilty of all these things, he needs my love to heal - I cannot abandon him; If Father Joachim is NOT guilty of all these things, then I shall not receive forgiveness for judging and blaming an innocent man - I will stay strong by his side.
Denis 6 октября 2016, 21:00
Please, correct the article. Fr Joachim is not SUSPENDED FROM THE PRIESTHOOD. He is suspended from serving for 3 (three) years.
Slobodan 3 октября 2016, 19:00
I have also tried to leave 2 comments on "Mercy House Abuse" facebook page dedicated to slandering of Fr Joachim - but those comments were deleted within 30 min. I just said that i know Fr Joachim for many years, and knowing him and the number of people that he helped, i dont believe in any of these accusations until they are proven and he has chance to say something about it. I‚ve seen other people commented positively about Fr Joachim and expressing their concern that videos posted there are fake - and those comments were also expressly deleted. I am absolutely positive that the Lord will show who is the Christ`s follower and who is slanderer and liar here, but i`m sad that many will fall into judging and hate because of this page.
Annie Troy 2 октября 2016, 02:00
I worked with Fr. J years ago with the poor. He lived simply, worked tirelessly, spoke honestly, and the poor loved him and grew under his mentoring. Yes, several friends were recently hurt by their experience with Mercy House and I send everyone involved many hugs. - Annie Troy
Dismas 1 октября 2016, 18:00
Brethren, There is a website dedicated to the slander of Fr. Joachim started by a former monk. They have blocked all users that had positive remakarks for Father Joachim including me. Humble monks! Dismas
Monk James Silver29 сентября 2016, 00:00
Dear Vladyka John of Naro-Fominsk -- It's sad to hear of this. I realize that what Fr Joachim did was very wrong, but he has his good points, too. I hope that you will be able to find a suitable place for him, as well as for his monks and nuns, perhaps even in collaboration with the OCA. Please remember me in your holy prayers. Monk James Silver (OCA)
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