Archpriest Michael Oleksa delivered a powerful, enlightening, and heart-felt message on the campus of St. Vladimir's Seminary Saturday, September 1, 2018, as part of the Seminary's celebration of the Ecclesiastical New Year. The distinguished alumnus and author beautifully weaved the history of the Alaskan Mission and the work of St. Herman and others into the present, as the Orthodox Church continues to defend the native peoples of Alaska and uphold the sanctity of the created world. Fr. Michael passionately implored Orthodox Christians everywhere to draw upon the past and modern-day experience of Orthodoxy in Alaska in witnessing Christ to all nations.
Rev. Fr. Chad Hatfield: Welcome to everybody who’s here. I know some of you were here when we started praying at 11 o’clock, and some of you have enjoyed lunch, and some of you have had a tour, and you’ve been introduced to things, what is referred to as the St. Herman’s Society, which is a student-born initiative which we’ve actually had now in place for several years, which focuses on environmental, ecological issues,…