225th Anniversary of the Valaam Mission to Alaska

225th Anniversary of the Valaam Mission to Alaska

May 2019

In September of 1794, a group of ten monks from the Valaam Monastery in the north of Russia arrived on Kodiak Island, Alaska to begin what would become of the greatest missionary endeavors in the history of Orthodox Christianity. Their sole purpose was to bring the Gospel to the indigenous people of our nation. Among their seminal contributions was providing a written language and expanding their mission from Alaska to all of North America. 2019 marks the 225th anniversary of that mission. This celebration was held May 11-12, 2019 at the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church in Princeton, NJ where His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York is the bishop and Fr. Peter Baktis is the priest.


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  • May 15, 2019
    Dr. Paul Meyendorff, Professor Emeritus St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and son of V. Reverend John Meyendorff gives an historical overview of the granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in America by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1970.
  • May 12, 2019
    Rev. Dr. Jim Winkler is the President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches.
    Transcript available
  • May 12, 2019
    His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon speaks about four pillars for the fulfillment of the Apostolic work of the Church.
  • May 12, 2019
    His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York welcomes the participants and introduces Fr. Chad Hatfield, President of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Fr. Chad was formerly the Dean of St. Herman of Alaska Seminary in Kodiak and shares the story of the missionary pilgrimage from Valaam Monastery in Russia to the native North American people on Kodiak Island.

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