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July 06, 2008


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Well I am a parishonar of the Catholic Church you refer to( how ever you got our phone number is quite the wonder).

I visited the R.O.C after Mass one Sunday.

What a beauty.

P.S: Our nearby Catholic Church recently celebrated its 50th anniversery!


I'd love to know more about this church.

I can't find its listings anywhere on the internet.

Do you know when their services are?

Or what their phone number is?

I live in the area and any time I drive by it's closed up.

My wife is Russian Orthodox so it would be a blessing if this church was still active with a congregation.

Please email me if anyone reading this has any good info about this place.

Thanks for any help!

David Fishlow

Sankt Andrei's Russian church in Glendora was founded by the displaced Cossacks who had in the late 1950's and into the 1960's a small community called Nash Dom Ródina, ("Our Home Society")in Glendora. I presume that the church is the only relic of it. among the leaders were Vladimir Grigorievich Ulitin, who taught Russian at Pomona College in Claremont, his wife Helen Sawa Ulitina who had been a Quaker relief worker in Europe where the couple met, and Grigori Antonich (?) if I remember his ochestvo correctly, obviously Vladimir's father. I believe that Sankt Vladimir as the patron of the gentleman mentioned, was given to the name of the street in the subdivision created on grove land to accommodate the community of post-war refugees.


I'm noticing this post rather late, but yes, the church is still active. It's a very small community with perhaps ten or twenty parishioners.

Robin Jones

I just learned of this church from a dear lady who is in her 80's, was born in Russia,and lived in Glendora. She told me of the church and of a cross that was in the back. She said the cross was a memorial cross in memory of the people in Litz (sp). Today 3/11/2013 I went to find it. I have lived in Glendora 45 years and never knew this church existed. I found the church. It's a beautiful little building. And gated tightly. What I really wanted to see was the cross. Since it was gated,that was not possible. There are no signs. And the building looks abandoned. Is there any recent information? Does anyone know about the cross?

Kiril Kundurazieff

Thank you for commenting, Robin!

I do not know more info on the cross, never thought to ask when I visited.

The membership of the church is very small, a mix of old timers and their kids and grandkids, for the most part.

They are friendly, but reserved, around strangers.

The complex is tightly secure for a reason, and they have a guard of sorts on Sunday's.

Not just because of all the valuable memoriablia inside, some used during services, but to keep vamdals, and hatemongers from damaging the place.

I would try to call, if you can find an active phone number, before going to a Sunday service, and explaining what you wrote above.

Robin Jones


Thank you for your reply. It is very sad to me that this small church is not being embraced as part of the community. Very sad indeed.

I am so glad you have posted about it in your blog.

Thank you,

Robin Jones

Stanley J Salce

I grew up two doors away from the church in a home that was built for the priests at the church 1445 E. Cossacks Pl.

I was friends with Helen Ulitin and her ex husband we called PaPa. She loved "turtles" ceramic/ figurines. He (papa) would push a wheel burrow around streets as I recall in my childhood days.

Helen had a Postage Stamp Club that I belonged to. She was active with the YWCA, downtown on foothill, and the one across the street next to the Church.
Every year we would help her collect for the UNICEF drives.

I remember the little white fence in back of the church around a memorial cross.

Stanley Salce

My father, Thomas J Salce, had devoted 33 years working for the City of Glendora.

Norm Briggs

I knew the Salce's that lived next to that little church.

One of the congregation members lived in our guest house almost directly behind the church.
His name was Ivan, Russian, in his eighties.

Kiril Kundurazieff

Thank you, Norm, for your comment...

I had no idea, when I wrote this piece, that it would lead, over the years, to such an interesting collection of responses. :-D

Norm Briggs

You're welcome Kiril.

I Google Earthed my old home, and was wondering if the old Russian Church was still there.

I was surprised to see Stanley's comment. I knew him and his family well.

Take care.

Brandon Smart

I live a distance away so cannot visit by car, but am determined to reach Father Nikita Orloff. He was my math teacher some years ago, and I never got to thank him for the influence he made in my life because it was years before I realized the influence myself. I would love a number to call, here is mine in hopes someone reaches out to me. Brandon Smart 949 232 8996

Marla Griffith

I grew up in the neighborhood and knew Mr and Mrs Ulitin. His father lived with them till he died in the late 60’s. He was called Papa. Mr. Ulitin taught at Pomona College. His first name was Vladimir but was called “Dima”. Mrs. Ulitin had worked for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quacker organization, during WW II in the Japanese relocation camps.
I have many stories and many memories of them and the community.
I attended St Dorothy’s Catholic Church, which was a few blocks away, but on occasion I did attend services at St Andrews, so small, no pews and really old school. I remember the singing at Papa’s funeral, amazing!
I will tell you this,. Mr and Mrs Ulitin taught me all people are equal, have rights and to take care of our fellow man. My mother was a John Bircher, so it was quite eye opening to be around open minded people like the Ulitins. They really impacted my life.

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