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.