Newly-departed Monk Christian (Lesinsky)

Father Christian reposed in the Lord on Friday, January 8, 2021 at the age of 77.  He was a founding member of Christ the Savior, beloved parishioner and friend, and faithful Orthodox Christian. 

The funeral services and burial for Monk Christian Lesinsky will be as follows:

Monday, January 11
7:00pm Memorial at Christ the Savior

Tuesday, January 12
9:00am Reception of the body and viewing at Christ the Savior
10:00am Funeral Service, followed by Burial at Evergreen Cemetery on Assateague Road in Berlin, MD.

There will be no repast meal on Tuesday but instead we will have a special coffee hour in honor of Fr. Christian on Sunday, January 17.  If you would like to assist, please contact Barbara Kaloroumakis.

You may register to attend the services on our website:

https://orthodoxdelmarva.org/register

The memorial and funeral services will be livestreamed on our Facebook page and website:

https://orthodoxdelmarva.org/livestream

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you kindly consider making a donation to help cover the burial costs for Fr. Christian.  We have prepared this online donation page to facilitate offerings and to show the progress of our fundraising goal.  However, you may also make an earmarked donation via check/cash and mail your offering to the church: 

Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
10315 Carey Road
Berlin, MD 21811

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Obituary

Father Christian Lesinsky was born to John and Cecelia Lesinsky on January 26, 1943.

Father Christian was tonsured as a Greek Catholic monk in 1963 and spent a short time at New Skete in Cambridge, NY. Seven years later, on July 4, 1970, he was received into the Orthodox Church at St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia, PA. On this day, he received the full tonsure as an Orthodox monastic by Archbishop Alexis of Philadelphia (Moscow Patriarchate). Fr. Christian attended St. Michael’s for many years, making many friends and forming close spiritual relationships, especially with Archpriest Vincent Severino, his longtime spiritual father.

Later Father Christian relocated to Delmarva to care for his ailing mother until her repose in 1995.

In 2000, Father Christian helped to established Christ the Savior Orthodox Church at its first location in Fenwick Island, DE.  Through the years Father Christian continued to support Christ the Savior by assisting in the altar, preparing educational material, singing in the choir, making generous donations, and serving on the parish council.  He was especially known for his faithfulness to the Church, his devotion to the divine services, his appreciation for his Slovak roots, his pungent sense of humor, and his love for family, church communities, and all people whom he came to know.

Father Christian will be sorely missed by all.  May his memory be eternal!  May his soul dwell among the Righteous!

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Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
10315 Carey Road
Berlin, MD 21811
302-537-6055


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Funeral & Burial: Monk Christian - 01/12/21

On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the funeral and burial of Monk Christian (Lesinsky) took place at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church and Evergreen Cemetery in Berlin, MD. Sincere appreciation is expressed to everyone who assisted with the divine services and/or donated to help with the burial costs. May Father Christian's memory be eternal! May his soul dwell among the Righteous!



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