Journeys to Russia with Project Tikhvin

Project Tikhvin was begun in 2010 as a youth endeavor of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. The project is operated with the express blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York as well as the blessings of hierarchs in Russia.

Each year a group of young people from all over the Russian Church Abroad journey to labor in the restoration of ancient holy sites in Northern Russia. For the past five years we have begun restoration of the 16th century monastery of the Entrance of the Mother of God in Tikhvin.

In addition to this work, the youth participate in social and cultural events that are unique to our Project Tikhvin. Every year we attend the parish feast of Ss. Peter and Paul and village celebration in Domino, which is the furthest parish to the East in the St. Petersburg Diocese. Many monasteries, churches and holy sites are visited where the youth worship, sing and serve the divine services.

On these trips our youth make fast friends with their peers in Russia and long term relationships develop which leads to a lifetime of friendships and meaningful encounters with countless numbers of the faithful.

How to Join Us

Project Tikhvin is open to youth over the age of 18 on the beginning of the trip and members of a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. You must have the blessing of your parish priest and be an active member of the Church.

Currently the cost is $1,500.00, a substantial discount, and includes airfare, all lodging, most meals and major transportation. This year the deadline for a non-refundable deposit is February 15, 2017. Space is limited and early registration is reccomended.

To inquire or express an interest in joining us please send a request for information to