Dear Fathers, brothers and sisters!
It is with great sadness that I received the news of the sudden unexpected death of Archpriest Dimitry Sever, the Dean of the Parish of Our Lady of Kazan and the Protection of the Mother of God in Ottawa.
During the long years of his selfless service to the Church and the people of God in Canada, Father Dimitry showed himself to be a truly good pastor, who gained the love of his parishioners, the respect of his brethren in holy orders, and full recognition from the hierarchy.
Until the very last moment, Archpriest Dimitry served the Divine Liturgy and offered prayers to the Throne of God for the flock entrusted to him by Christ.
I send my hearfelt condolences to his family, friends and to all parishioners of the Parish of Our Lady of Kazan and the Protection of the Mother of God.
May our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ bless the soul of the dearly loved departed Father Dimitry; grant him the Kingdom of Heaven, participation in His eternal good things, and the delight of His endless and blessed life.
May the blessing of the Lord be upon you,
Matthew Bishop of Sourozh
Interim Administrator of the Patriarchal parishes in Canada
2 April, 2019