In 1976, he was ordained a deacon at the San Francisco Cathedral and in 1977 he was ordained a priest at the monastery chapel by Bishop Nektary (Kontzevitch) of Seattle. Never forget that for which we are created.” The next morning he served Liturgy for the last time. Before his death several of his spiritual children had dreams concerning this as well as dreams of consolation for their imminent loss. Seraphim’s body was being washed and prepared by two Abbots they noted that “his face naturally fell into a quiet smile of unmistakable heavenly joy.From this time, he slowly increased his pastoral responsibilities as people made the trek up the mountain to ask questions and seek consolation. Soon afterwards, he was taken to the hospital due to pains in his stomach. His body never stiffened, nor did decay of any kind set in.” Even when lying in his coffin, his unembalmed body remained soft without smell in the California sun during his funeral.He began with a small bookstore next to the cathedral in San Francisco and started to publish a magazine called The Orthodox Word.After his spiritual father, Archbishop John, died in 1966, Eugene along with a close friend of similar spiritual desires began to look for land in the wilderness where they could continue their publishing, but also live the ascetic, “desert-dwelling” life.This is the relevance of placing him at the end of this work. Seraphim Rose was born Eugene Dennis Rose on August 13, 1934 (according to the new calendar dating). His father did not go to church and his mother brought the children to various Protestant churches – Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian.As a young Boy, Eugene attended a Presbyterian church and developed a good knowledge of the Scriptures from which he used to quote many things to his parents.I began to attend Orthodox services more frequently, gradually learning its language and customs…” In 1962, Eugene was received into the Orthodox Church and shortly thereafter became a disciple of the Blessed Archbishop John Maximovitch, a hierarch known the world over as a miracle-worker and ascetic.
He studied the Western philosophical tradition, but also, after attending a lecture by Dr. Watts, turned his attention to the study of Zen Buddhism.
Paisius Velichkovsky and truly from the entire ascetic tradition.
In these truths, the entire life and Tradition of the Church is contained. Seraphim has sought to embody these truths within his own life in his monastery in the wilds of Platina, and to transmit these to the contemporary, largely non-Orthodox, population.
Seraphim is described as a man of few words who had no interest in idle chatter and seldom expressed any personal preferences.
He was sick often but people never knew how much because he never complained.Writing about this experience he said, “…when I entered an Orthodox church for the first time (a Russian church in San Francisco) something happened to me that I had not experienced in any Buddhist or other Eastern temple; something in my heart said that this was ‘home,’ that all my search was over.