" ... And with the stunning collapse, the burning question arose in Russia—what is to be done? How should the West respond to the liberation of the communist lands—particularly Russia?
Founded in 1994, Aid to the Church in Russia (A. C. R.), has been actively engaged in the one meaningful answer to that question: the reconstruction of the Church and society in the East. Since that year, A. C. R. has been a source of major funding for the Church, making significant donations to, among other things, the following projects:
…reconstruction of Mary Queen of the Apostles Seminary, St. Petersburg
…reconstruction of Cathedral of the Assumption, St. Petersburg
…reconstruction of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Moscow
…reconstruction of St. Louis of France, Moscow
…construction of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Irkutsk, Siberia
The founder of A. C. R. is Rev. Marcel Guarnizo, a native of Washington, D.C., a graduate of O’Connell High School, and at the time of A. C. R.’s founding, a seminarian in Rome. In 1998, after his training there, Rev. Guarnizo, was ordained to the priesthood for the Apostolic Administration of European Russia by Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.
“And the Gates of the Netherworld Shall Not Prevail Against It” (Mt. 16:18).
The tenth anniversary celebrations took the form of a Biblical and Ecclesiological Symposium, which started at 4:00pm on 25 May 2001 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow. The appropriate theme for the weekend: “And the Gates of the Netherworld Shall Not Prevail Against It” (Mt. 16:18).
The host for the events was Archbishop Kondrusiewicz. The Holy Father’s envoy to the event, His Excellency Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Secretary for Relations with the States, presided over the opening ceremony and closed the weekend as the main celebrant of the Mass on Sunday morning..."
Rev. Marcel Guarnizo
Fr. Marcel Guarnizo is an American by birth, he is a Catholic diocesan priest belonging to the Archdiocese
of Moscow, Russia. Rev. Guarnizo studied theology and philosophy in Rome where he specialized in
Metaphysics. He is also the founder and chairman of the Educational Initiative for Central and Eastern
Europe (EICEE) a foundation committed to the strengthening and promotion of free, just and
democratic societies in Central and Eastern Europe.