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IERARHII EPISCOPIEI ROEA
Episcopia Românească din America, sub Arhiepiscopul +Valerian (Trifa)
În martie 1941 ajunge în Germania, în lagarele de concentrare din Buchenwald si Dachau. A fost eliberat (1943) si trimis la Viena, unde a îndeplinit functia de secretar al Mitropolitului Visarion Puiu.
Consiliul Episcopal, consfatuire la Cleveland, 1963 - (Rnd I, stg la dr): PC Părinţi Ioan Surducan, George Zmed, Ioan Stănilă, PS Episcop Valerian, PC Părinţi, Eugen Lazar, Vasile Haţegan, Traian Vintilă. (Rnd II, stg la dr): PC Părinţi Nick Muntean, Nick Buda, Lee Copacia jr., Vasile Ghetian, Dr. Miron Butariu, Paul E Yova, Andrew Peru, John Sibisan, Vasile Craina, John Regule şi Romul Pantea
Episcopul Valerian cu Episcopul John of San Francisco, cu ocazia
Congresului Consiliului Mondial al Bisericilor, Uppsala, Suedia, 1968
Episcopul Valerian, avand ca invitati, inalti ierarhi, la Sfintirea Manastirii
"Schimbarea la Fata" Ellwood City PA, 1968
Episcopul Valerian - Sfintirea Centului de Studii si Documentare de la Vatra,
care in prezent ii poarta numele, 1978
Arhiepiscopul Valerian a pregatit un vrednic urmas
Slujba de hirotonire, la treapta de Episcop a Arhimandritului Nathaniel, Catedrala din Detroit, 1980
Arhiepiscopul Valerian in ultimii ani ai vietii pamantesti, Portugalia, 1986
Despre Arhiepiscopul Valerian Trifa:
Archbishop Valerian was a personality of numerous talents and a born leader. He had the capacity to understand the problems of his people, the wisdom to resolve them, and the power to sacrifice himself for the good of his flock. It was given to him to have an eventful life and to spend long periods of time in different parts of the world in diverse nations and cultures. However, he fulfilled the mission of his life among his own people in the New World...
For the Romanian-American community and Romanian-American heritage, such an exceptional personality was Archbishop Valerian D. Trifa.
Archbishop Valerian D. Trifa will be remembered for the many material things achieved during his long pastorate, as well as for his outstanding qualities of leader. But if the material things are destined to last only for a limited period of time, his achievements in the spiritual arena will last indefinitely.
Archbishop Valerian was instrumental in putting the Romanian-American community on very firm ground by answering and clarifying two main issues that were somehow “floating” in the air but which were not, until his time, properly addressed.
These two issues were: what the Romanian-American community was, and what should be its relation with the rest of the country. These two issues were of extreme importance, and they needed to be explained in order to resolve conflicts resulting from the fact that the Romanian-American community was changing in nature and character. When Archbishop Valerian became the spiritual leader of the Romanian-American Orthodox community, this community already ceased to be an “outsider,” or marginal group, and was part of America. However, not all members of the community fully realized this fact, and certain conflicts still lingered between the partisans of the “old” ways and those who rightly wanted changes. It was due to the wisdom, patience and special charisma of Archbishop Valerian that the changes were accepted gradually by all and that a new, common self-understanding emerged...
For his activity, Archbishop Valerian was rewarded with the respect and the unconditional love of his people. In the meantime, he was the victim of a vicious and disgraceful campaign of slanders and false accusations. These actions were propagated by the Godless communist regime of Romania, by an unscrupulous segment of the media and by irresponsible adepts of political expediency. He was persecuted and had to end his life in exile, but he proved his moral superiority by refusing to deal in hate and by forgiving all his detractors. Above all, he proved what was said in John 12:20-27: “… unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (Alexandru Nemoianu)
...Throughout the years, the Archbishop Valerian never changed. He remained modest, without pomp and pretentions that sometimes characterize those that come to occupy exalted positions. While he faithfully preserved and observed the centuries-old attributes associated with the position of the Bishop, at the same time he harmoniously brought that position into the 20th Century. As a hierarch, he was a modern man, constantly looking toward the future...
Archbishop Valerian is also well-known beyond the confines of the Episcopate. He was a favourite speaker at inter-Orthodox gatherings. The Orthodox hierarchs, theologians, and leaders came to recognize His Eminence as a man of high theological and philosophical culture, as well as a devoted missionary of the Orthodox Church in America. (Traian Lascu)
Any right-thinking and unbiased person will agree that Archbishop Valerian D. Trifa was the most prominent American of Romanian descent among us.
Fate and circumstances wishes that he come in our midst and serve us so diligently and successfully for 33 years. Those who knew him, worked with him and observed his activities, had the highest respect and esteem for him never believing the false accusations, allegations and innuendos he had to endure most of the time he so faithfully served us with mind, body and spirit.
In a true Christian spirit, in a letter left behind to be read at his funeral, he has forgiven all those who, wittingly or unwittingly wronged him and hurt him. History will prove that he was not guilty of all the terrible accusations at hid person. (Pr. Vasile Hategan)
I saw the Archbishop Valerian one more time, when His Eminence visited the Holy Cross Church in Washington, D. C., shortly before his departure from the United States. He recognized me immediately, and we talked briefly since everybody wanted a word with him. He gave me his blessings, which I remember vividly. I was not to see Archbishop Valerian again.
As I am writing these memories, in the sad-anniversary year, I also realize how little my contribution to the portrait of the exceptional Romanian-American Archbishop is bound to be...
I did not belong to the circle on his closest friends, and he was too kind to call me “a dear friend” on occasions. But this remarkable intelligence, his talent, his deep commitment to preserve the Romanian heritage on this continent were not things I would ignore then, or forget now, after these many years.
I had the chance to meet Archbishop Valerian, and this was a meaningful experience for me. I had the chance to have our Archbishop as my editor for a book about and dedicated to Romanian-Americans. In their books, in our books, his name is indelibly inscribed as the name of Archbishop Valerian of a glittering time. (Alexandra Roceric)
Primul meu contact cu Arhiepiscopul +Valerian - În primul volum al autobiografiei mele (anii din Anglia 1976-1980) vorbeam de factorii principali care m-au determinat să nu mă mai întorc în România, ci să-mi găsesc acel „acasă” în diaspora, adică să iau calea imigrării în Statele Unite. Așa că, l-am contactat mai întâi prin telefon, și apoi printr-o scrisoare „strict confidențial” pe IPS Sa Arhiepiscopul +Valerian (Trifa), Întâistătătorul Episcopiei ROEA, de la Vatra Românească, explicându-i în detaliu situaţia şi, prin care îi solicitam ajutorul de a veni în America şi de a obţine numirea într-o parohie peste Ocean. Răspunsul mi-a venit prompt, în cca 2 săptămâni, care mi-au părut ani, spunându-mi-se:„-Via Domnului în America este mare, iar slujitorii sunt puţini! Iată ce am disponibil acum: St. Paul, Minesotta, Rhode Island, CT, Bridgeport Connericutt. Dacă nu esti în grabă, peste 3 luni voi avea şi Youngstown, OH. Te rog să ţii confidenţială corespondenţa noastră!”. Un asemenea răspuns din partea Arhiepiscopului era exact, ceea ce îmi doream în acele moment critice din viața mea. Cred că am răspuns în aceeaşi zi. Am acceptat să fiu numit preot paroh la Biserica „Sf. Maria”, din St. Paul - Minessota (pr. Constantin Alecse)
Episcopia Românească din America, sub Episcopul +Valerian, de prot. Constantin Alecse
Primul meu contact cu Arhiepiscopul +Valerian, de preot Constantin Alecse
Arhiepiscop Valerian Trifa, (www.alternativaonline.ca)