Rev. Fr. Nicolae Tănase, parish priest in Valea Plopului (Valley of the Poplar) village, Prahova County, was awarded by His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, the St John Chrysostom Order, on Tuesday, 24 November 2015. Fr Nicolae also received the rank of Oikonomos-Stavrophore.
His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel congratulated Fr Nicolae for his entire activity: “We congratulate Fr Nicolae Tănase for the special philanthropic activity carried out at Valea Plopului Parish, and also for the extended missionary ministry from home and abroad, because he is often invited to bear witness for the benefit of the Church and of the society on the Orthodox faith and teachings, especially on family, and on children as a gift from God. May the Good God, through the intercessions of St John Chrysostom, grant him a similar spiritual zeal and love for the salvation of people, especially for the support of the suffering and of those in need. This is a moment of appreciation, joy and encouragement. When an award is granted, we show gratitude, but also a hope for continuation. Gratitude is shown for the work already carried out, and hope for the continuation of the work for the benefit of the Church and the glory of the Most Holy Trinity”.
“This day is special and surprising at the same time. This moment, as His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel has said, marks a past stage and the beginning of a new one in which we hope to continue the urge of the Church to carry out the philanthropic ministry of the Church for the benefit of the Christians in the parish, and not only deliver urges for what today is the most necessary”, Fr Nicolae Tănase said.
Fr Nicolae Tănase is a parish priest of Valea Plopului village in Prahova County, Romania. By his efforts, 29 churches were built in the village. Beginning with the year 1990, Fr Nicolae started his ministry by preaching against abortion. In 1994, Fr Nicolae Tănase founded Pro Vita (For Life) Association for the support of born and unborn children. The mission of the Association is to protect the dignity of human life, and particularly of the born and unborn children.
Here is an English-language article from World Vison Today magazin, the Spring 1999 edition.
The main objectives of the Association Pro-Vita for the Born and the Unborn (Asociația Pro-Vita pentru Născuți și Nenăscuți) are:
- Organizing programs of social assistance for orphan or abandoned children, and for alone young mothers, first by offering them a dwelling in the homes of the association.
- The social reintegration of the children of the street and of those abandoned in hospitals. The first step is represented by physical and psychological recovery.
- The integration in the community of the youth of over 18 years old who have to leave the orphanages. The first step is to offer support for learning a profession.
- The protection of young mothers rejected by their families. The first step is to offer pre- and post-natal support, the chance to avoid the trauma of abortion.