Saint Andrew Community Remembers Founder

A Reflection upon the One Year Memorial of Dorothy Andrus

In an email to parishioners on Thursday, November 14, 2019, Father Josiah Trenham shared that the community will be praying for the repose of the soul of our sister in Christ and founder of St. Andrew Church, Ms. Dorothy Andrus. His email included a short reflection on Dorothy written by Parish Council Chairman, Mr. Christopher Kassaseya. May her memory be eternal!


"Her endless spirit of stewardship, love, compassion and tenderness is what made her among the very best of the Saint Andrew Family" - Christopher Kassaseya, Parish Council Chairman


One year ago we lost one of the founders of our parish - Dorothy Andrus. She joined the Saint Andrew Community before there even was a Saint Andrew - when a small group of Orthodox pilgrims in the Inland Empire met once a month in a classroom at Cal Baptist University for prayer. After a courageous struggle and faith in her Savior, she reposed in the Lord on November 14, 2018. We miss her dearly and she remains a pillar of our community,  memorialized by her patron saint adorning our temple and her name enshrined in our altar as a founder of our Holy Church.

Little did we know, that before her passing, she made arrangements to bequeath all her possessions to the church she dedicated so much of her life to. In addition to her collection of fine art, jewels and furniture, she left us her home. Saint Andrew was the sole beneficiary of her entire estate.


This incredible generosity after her death mirrors her generosity in life. Did you know that our brilliant sound system in the temple and acoustics in the Fellowship Hall are in part due to her giving? Her endless spirit of stewardship, love, compassion and tenderness is what made her among the very best of the Saint Andrew Family.


Today, we are working to ensure her legacy lives on for generations to come. In the coming months you will learn more about how our Parish Council is brainstorming ways to use the proceeds from her estate to enrich the lives of our children and infuse Holy Orthodox into their education.


This Sunday we will pray for her and remember her after the Divine Liturgy and ask God's providence over His Holy House and that He may keep our eyes fixed on the Kingdom to come through all plans we're making  - plans we hope, will be pleasing to Him."  - Mr. Christopher Kassaseya, Parish Council Chairman, St. Andrew Church, Riverside, Ca.