Speech of Peter Riley, Director of Project managment of Harvard University. Harvard Bells Returning Ceremony. Danilovskiy Monastery, September 12, 2007

Patriarch Alexey,
Father Alexey,
Distinguished Guests,

Just four weeks ago, several of us here today met at Harvard University for the first exchange of a newly cast bell and an historic Danilov bell. The new bell was cast this year to mark the centenary of Harvard Business School in 2008. The Everyday Bell, cast in 1795, we now welcome back to Danilov Monastery.

Those gathered at Harvard that day to witness the exchange remarked on the great beauty and fine craft of the new bell, cast by the Vera Foundry in Voronezh. That bell has images of both Baker Library where it now hangs, and the bell tower at Danilov Monastery to which it now returns. The seventeen bells which still hang at Lowell House will be exchanged next summer, with the historic bells returning to the Monastery about this time next year.

At Baker, as we lowered the Everyday Bell, Vladimer Voronchenko of the Link of Times Foundation, sponsor of this exchange, rang the bell a final time at Harvard. Then, as the new bell was raised, it was rung its first time at Harvard. Together, these two bells being rung marked an important point in a journey of many, many years – the return of all the bells from Harvard to Danilov Monastery.