our lady of kazan is a russian orthodox monastery in the barelas neighborhood of albuquerque. en un de los barrios mas hispanicos in town, across from a giant pink 50's relic store sign that reads "drugs," it's one of a handful of russian orthodox monasteries all across new mexico.
our lady of kazan was founded thirty years ago by his eminence symeon carmona, the titular bishop of cyzicus. father carmona and father barsanuphius deane painted the murals on the monastery's outer walls in 2001. father barsanuphius has been at the monastery for sixteen years and teaches iconography.
father carmona is included in the mural as a holy being among the saints. carmona's halo is square, to indicate he is living, and he holds his pet chihuahua, chopo, in his hand. incidentally, father carmona is, in addition to being a father in the russian orthodox church, a crypto-jew.
|his eminence, metropolitan symeon carmona and chopo|
|saint barsanuphius of optina. he was born in samara, russia and served as a colonel in the army before becoming a monk at the age of 45. he, too, was clairvoyant.|
|schemanun macaria, a russian nun who passed away in 1993. severely injured at the age of three, she is a patron saint of the maimed and crippled.|
|saint john maximovitch the wonderworker, archbishop of shanghai and later archbishop of san francisco. he was clairvoyant and walked barefoot in the cold. he was sainted in 1994.|
our lady of kazan monastery & holy royal martyrs russian orthodox church
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