The 45th Anniversary of the Canonization of Saint Herman of Alaska

St. Herman

OCA- August 2015 Sunday, August 9, 2015, marked the 45th Anniversary of the Canonization of Saint Herman of Alaska, which took place in Kodiak, AK. The feast is being celebrated this weekend during the annual pilgrimage honoring North America’s first saint in Kodiak, AK, where His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon; His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska; ...

Alaska Pilgrimage 2015: “Walk the Path of the Saints”

Pilgrims will visit the grave of the saintly Matushka Olga Michael.

ANCHORAGE, AK [Outreach Alaska] - December 2014 Mary Ann Khoury, the coordinator of “Outreach Alaska,” has traveled to Alaska—Orthodox America’s “Holy Land”—many times since 1999. Over the years, she has assisted individuals in planning personal pilgrimages to Spruce Island for the annual Saint Herman Pilgrimage. With the assistance of FOS Tours and Travel, she will lead the ...

Calls for prayers in Hagia Sophia raise concerns

May 2014 ISTANBUL — Numerous supporters of controversial imam Fethullah Gülen recently started a campaign on Twitter calling for the Hagia Sophia to be reopened as a mosque. The move, which is also being supported by numerous politicians, has been questioned by others who note that Gülenists purport to promote dialogue and tolerance toward other faiths. Recently ...

The Episcopal Consecration of Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska

ANCHORAGE, AK [OCA] - 23/2/14 Faithful from parishes and villages across Alaska and the dioceses of the Orthodox Church in America began arriving early at the spacious Saint Innocent Cathedral here on the morning of Friday, February 21, 2014 for the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, during which Bishop-Elect David [Mahaffey] was consecrated to the ...

Mikhail Kalashnikov repented to Russian Orthodox Church for AK-47 deaths

16/1/14 MIKHAIL Kalashnikov, designer of the AK-47 rifle, told the head of the Russian Orthodox Church before his death that he felt guilty for those it killed. Kalashnikov, who died in December at the age of 94, in April wrote a lengthy emotional letter to Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, Izvestia, a pro-Kremlin daily, reported on ...

Plans for consecration of Archimandrite David [Mahaffey] announced

ANCHORAGE, AK [OCA Diocese of Alaska] OCA - 13/1/14 Archimandrite David [Mahaffey] will be consecrated to the episcopacy at Saint Innocent Cathedral here on Friday, February 21, 2014. Archimandrite David was elected by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to fill the vacant Episcopal See of Sitka and Alaska on ...

Historic Alaskan village destroyed by fire

A watercolor of Belkofski’s Holy Resurrection Church, built in 1880.

BELKOFSKI, AK [OCA] - 4/5/13 In a report dated April 30, 2013, KTUU Channel 2 News announced that the abandoned Belkofski village on the Alaska Peninsula had been destroyed by fire. KTUU reported that Makrina Mack, Vice President of the Belkofski Corp., said the corporation became aware three days earlier that the fire that occurred, although the ...

Visiting The Christian Community In Iraq

24/12/12 Before Iraq was conquered by the Arabs in the seventh century, it was one of the oldest centers of Christianity in the world. Even after the Arab conquest, Christians made up a sizable minority of the population – sometimes tolerated, sometimes persecuted, but always surviving. Now it's facing its biggest threat in centuries. The Christian Community in ...

Diocese of Alaska nominates Archpriest David Mahaffey to vacant See of Sitka and Alaska

ANCHORAGE, AK [OCA Diocese of Alaska] 17/9/2012 Delegates to the Assembly of the Diocese of Alaska, which met here on September 15, 2012, voted to present the name of Archpriest David Mahaffey in nomination to fill the vacant Episcopal See of Sitka and Alaska of the Orthodox Church in America. Father David’s name will be presented by His ...

Unalaska Cathedral Vandalized

UNALASKA, AK [OCA] 1/5/2012 Graffiti sprayed on the historic Holy Ascension of Our Lord Cathedral here in late April 2012 has “sparked outrage,” reported the Alaska Dispatch. While the words “Dutch” and “Duncha,” written in a childish scrawl in gray spray paint, were quickly removed, the painful emotions among parishioners and other local residents lingers. “I was very ...

A City Under Siege

Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A cinema in Ankara, Turkey, on Feb. 27. The film “Fetih 1453,” or “Conquest 1453,” has proven enormously popular with moviegoers in the country. 3/3/2012 ISTANBUL — These days the answer to “they don’t make ’em like that anymore” is “Conquest 1453,” the new spear-and-molten-pitch swashbuckler movie that has Turkish viewers storming ...

What is Bartholomew grateful for?

ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ o.cengiz@todayszaman.com 16/8/2011 What each person may be grateful for can vary quite significantly; of course, some factors might contribute to your sense of gratitude quite dramatically. Your level of optimism, your love and passion for others, whether you are a spiritual person and so on are all factors that may contribute to your feelings ...

40TH Anniversary of St. Herman’s Canonization

40TH Anniversary of St. Herman's canonization to be celebrated during annual Spruce Island Pilgrimage August 9 07/31/2010 KODIAK ISLAND, AK [OCA] -- Hundreds of Orthodox Christian pilgrims are expected to flock to Spruce Island, AK on Monday, August 9, 2010, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the canonization of Saint Herman of Alaska, one of the ...

Court counters prevailing 1920s deep state mentality in Orphanage Ruling

17/6/2010 YONCA POYRAZ DOĞAN İSTANBUL The İstanbul-based Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate has won yet another case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) after the court ordered the Turkish government to return a historic Orthodox orphanage to the patriarchate and pay 26,000 euros for both non-pecuniary damages, costs and expenses. The patriarchate's lawyer, Kezban Hatemi, ...

Vandals hit Anchorage Cathedral

Orthodox Church in America ANCHORAGE, AK [OCA} -- Vandals hit Saint Innocent Cathedral here on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, pillaging the altar’s liturgical appointments and burning pages of the Gospel Book. Several other items were stolen. According to media reports, the suspects entered through windows in the back of the cathedral some time between midnight and ...