On Sunday, 13 November, a new Romanian Orthodox Parish opened in Luton. The inaugural religious service, officiated by Reverend Father Silviu Pufulete, was attended by the Ambassador of Romania in the UK, Dr Ion Jinga.
The first religious service dedicated to Romanians in Luton was officiated by Reverend Father Silviu Pufulete, who came from London as a representative of the Hi Eminence Joseph, Metropolitan of Western and Southern Europe, and Father Ioan Nazarcu, priest of the new Romanian parish.
In his address at the end of Divine Liturgy parishioners, Father Dean said the presence of the Romanian Embassy in support of communities in the United Kingdom, noting that: "There are many years in the UK and I can say that of all the ambassadors whom I known here, Ambassador Ion Jinga is the one who was involved mostly in support of the Romanian community and was present at all important, of the British throughout. "
Invited to address those present, the Romanian Ambassador congratulated for opening a new Orthodox parishes to earth British encouraged to be proud of being Romanian and promote our national values, including through an attitude that brings respect to the English community in the middle which they live.
Addressing the parishoners at the end of the religious service, Father Pufulete underlined the support of the Romanian Embassy to the communities in the United Kingdom, noting that:: “I have been living in Great Britain for many years and I can say that, out of all the ambassadors I have met here, Ambassador Ion Jinga is the most active in supporting the Romanian community and has attended all the important events organised by Romanians all around Britain“.
Invited to address those present, the Romanian Ambassador congratulated the Romanian community in Luton for the inauguration of a new Orthodox Parish in the UK, encouraged them to be proud of being Romanians, to promote their national values and, through their behaviour, to earn the respect of the local community.
Luton Town is 60 km from London. The Romanian community established there recently and totals several thousand people, most arrived after Romania's EU accession.