Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/ 60 Fairbanks OCF Team http://www.doaoca.org/news_170406_1.html Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2017OCF_Fairbanks.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>His Grace Bishop David with the Fairbanks Orthoodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) following PreSanctified Liturgy as St. Herman Church in Fairbanks.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_170406_1.html 2017 OCF Team visits St. Innocent Cathedral http://www.doaoca.org/news_170317_1.html Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2017-OCF-Team.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>His Grace Bishop David is pictured with the 2017 Alaska OCF Spring Break Team during their visit to St. Innocent Cathedral.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_170317_1.html Metropolitan Tikhon: In Remembrance of Our Veterans http://www.doaoca.org/news_161111_1.html Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <p>Offering prayers and giving thanks this Veterans Day to all who have served and are serving our country in the Armed Forces.</p> <p><a href="https://oca.org/directories/military-chaplains">https://oca.org/directories/military-chaplains</a></p> <p align="center"><strong>Message of Metropolitan Tikhon</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>on the Observance of Veterans Day and Remembrance Day</strong></p> <p><span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1357425551"><span class="aQJ">November 11, 2016</span></span></p> <p>To the Venerable Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and especially Veterans of our United States and Canadian Armed Forces of the Orthodox Church in America:</p> <p>Today, together with the entire nation, we honor our brothers and sisters who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and Canada, and specifically those Orthodox Chaplains who have ministered and minister to our service members.&nbsp; Veterans Day offers us the opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women of our nation's military whose sacrificial service protects, preserves, and promotes peace both at home and throughout the world.&nbsp; The veterans of our nations are our fellow citizens whose loyalty and dedication epitomizes Christ's message of the Good Samaritan, who willingly came to the aid of his neighbor.</p> <p>We are reminded today that our fellow citizens -- mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, brothers, sisters, spouses, neighbors and friends -- who have served our nations in the Armed Forces are deserving of our respect and honor.&nbsp; And more than anything they are deserving of our gratitude.&nbsp; Here I am reminded of the words of Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann who in his final sermon said, "Thank You, O Lord, for having given us this country where we are free to worship You."&nbsp; I would add today, "Thank you, O Lord, for the men and women who have sacrificed in service to You and our country so that we may worship You and proclaim Your message free of persecution or distress."</p> <p>Brother and sisters in Christ, please take a moment today to honor our nations' veterans and to pray for the souls of those men and women who have given their lives in service to our country, in service to their neighbors and for the cause of peace throughout the world.&nbsp; Each of them is known by our Lord.&nbsp; May we continue to keep their memories known here on earth.</p> <p>Yours in Christ,</p> <p>+ Tikhon</p> <p>Archbishop of Washington</p> <p>Metropolitan of All America and Canada</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_161111_1.html NOTICE OF ASSEMBLY http://www.doaoca.org/news_161018_1.html Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>The 2016 Diocesan Assembly will be held at the St. Innocent Cathedral in Anchorage from Friday, November 4th through Sunday, November 6th.</p> <p>REGISTRATION</p> <p>Registration fees are $50 per person, excluding Diocesan Council Members.</p> <p>All registration forms, clergy data sheets, and fees are due at the Chancery by Friday, October 21st.<br /> <br />IF you must pay in person, then it must be done Friday before the opening of the Assembly, but please, make all efforts to prepay by the October 21st deadline.</p> <p>Please find all the registration forms and the clergy data sheet included. Note, even if you are a deacon, you must use the clergy registration form.</p> <p>At this time, according to the Diocese bylaws and current Chancery records of clergy assignments, each parish should have only one elected Lay Delegate Representative.</p> <p>Deacons and Laity Members of the Diocesan Council are not counted as parish representatives, as they serve the Diocese at large.</p> <p>It is the responsibility of the parish priest (assigned or priest-in-charge) to sign off on all lay delegate and observer registration forms.</p> <p>HOTEL RESERVATIONS</p> <p><a href="https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/anchorage/ancsp/hoteldetail?qAAR=IXQ7R&amp;qAdlt=1&amp;qBrs=6c.hi.ex.rs.ic.cp.in.sb.cw.cv.ul.vn.ki&amp;qChld=0&amp;qCpid=786833994&amp;qFRA=1&amp;qGRM=0&amp;qIta=99502056&amp;qPSt=0&amp;qRRSrt=rt&amp;qRef=df&amp;qRms=1&amp;qRpn=1&amp;qRpp=20&amp;qRtP=IXQ7R&amp;qSHp=1&amp;qSmP=3&amp;qSrt=sBR&amp;qWch=0&amp;srb_u=1&amp;icdv=99502056" target="_blank">Reserve Here for Diocesan Assembly Discount at Holiday Inn Express</a>:</p> <p>After the dates are entered into the "check for availability" screen, Diocese of Alaska will be displayed in the rate preference box. This is a base rate of $80 per night, per room.</p> <p>If you are unable to reserve your room online, you may contact the hotel directly at: (907) 248-8848, just tell them you need the Diocese of Alaska rate.</p> <p>Please share this information with all of your assigned parishes.</p> <p>If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.</p> <p>In Christ,</p> <p>Pamela DiLullo<br />Administrative Assistant<br />Diocese of Alaska</p> <p>Office Phone: (907) 677-0224<br />Office Fax: (907) 677-0646<br />Email: doakinfo@gmail.com</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_161018_1.html 2016 Clergy Wives and Family Life Retreat http://www.doaoca.org/news_160415_1.html Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>Download the <a href="/files/pdf/2016-Matushki-Retreat.pdf" target="_blank">brochure</a>.</p> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_160415_1.html Paschal Message in Yup'ik http://www.doaoca.org/news_160430_2.html Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p><strong>Lazarus-aamek Paaskaamun Uterrluni-llu </strong></p> <p>Orthodox-aartarmi Agayuvigmi, Yagpak nanglartuq Tallimiritmi Holy Week-aq ayagnirpailgan.&nbsp; Holy Week-am agayuyarai ayagnilartut Bridegroom Matins-mek Agayunrem atakuani.&nbsp; Akunliigni ukuk I-yiim&nbsp; Holy Week-am-llu cakviurnarqellra &nbsp;ellma qacigartelartuq. &nbsp;Ukuk malruk erenreq &nbsp;waten ap&rsquo;laragka &ldquo;Mernuinercirvia Neryuniurutem&rdquo;.&nbsp; Maqinermi umyuaqelararput makcecimallra Lazarus-aam qungugnek tekitevkarluta Uqviayarmun.&nbsp; Una nallunailkutnguuq agiirtellra Kristuss-aam unguillran nasvallra piliaminun piningqerucini tuqmalriit makcecugngaluki.&nbsp; Qungugnek Ellminek makpailegmi, yugnikekni maktaa qunguanek; Lazarus-aaq ataam tuqunqigtarkaungermi uitaqerciquq nallunairciqluku Kristuss-aam unguillra tuqumalrianek.</p> <p>Kristuss-aam unguillra tuqumalrianek taqevkaraa umyuaqellra tuqum iquuluku yuucimtenun.&nbsp; Alikenrirnarqaput tuqu amiigi-llu tuunraam nuniin tua-i piunriaki Kristuussam.&nbsp; Qunguut tangernarqenritaput alingnarqellriaruluki, tua-i cimiumiin mernuinercirviurrluku imkunun kenkilrianek Agayutmek utaqaluku-llu utertellerkaa.&nbsp; Holy Friday-mi atullrukut, &ldquo;Imairaten tamalkuita Tuunraam nuniin nengutai.&rdquo;&nbsp; Cali Holy Saturday-mi atullrukut, &ldquo;Tuunraam nunii yuuniarauq qanerluni, &lsquo;Imkut pinimkun igellrenka miryaranka.&nbsp; Imum ussukcausngallrem imairai qunguut.&nbsp; Pinia tuqum piunriumauq.&rsquo;&rdquo;&nbsp; Lazarus-aamek ayagniumalleq qaqicimauq Kristuussami Paaskaami cali waniwa ucurnaqluni cikiutngurtuq imkunun utaqalgilrianun Aipiriluni Tekitenqigtellerkaanun.&nbsp; Ayagtukut Lazarus-aam Maqinranek Paaskaamun, uterrluta-llu imkut pitekluki kenkekngaput Kristuussami cali tengrumtenek cikirluki atuusqelluku Paaskaaq wangkuciicetun. &ldquo;Kristuussaq unguirtuq cali tuunraam nunii anagtaurtuq&rdquo;, qanertuq St. John Chrysostom-aaq Paaskaami qanerturallermini.</p> <p>Tamamta tamarillrukut mallgeskemtenek kenkakun.&nbsp; Wall&rsquo;u-qaa aipaqliaput, Atavut wall&rsquo;u Aanavut, nakmiin anelgutput wall&rsquo;u yugnikekvut. &nbsp;Nallunrilkumteggu Paaskaaq nallunriciiqerput nakmiin Mernuinercirvigput Neryuniurutmek, tekitelaqput allrakuaqan mat&rsquo;um nalliini. Kenkuyutvut nutarcimalartuq Agayutem caliarakun wangkuta pitekluta, cali nutartela&rsquo;araa neryuniurutvut taumi ataucimi ernermi, tauten Lazarus-aatun, qungunek maketnaurtut, wangkuta-llu nayurrlainarluta Nutarami Erenrani Kristuss-aam Unguillrani tuani naullunartailngurmi wall&rsquo;u qiaculngunailngurmi, taugaam kiingan unguvamek nangyuilngurmek.</p> <p>Piicauteka&rsquo;aqa cikiumasqelluci matumi Tanqilriami Paaskaami nutarcimalriamek neryuniurutmek nangnermek angnirnarqellriamek unguvam piunrullerkaanek tuqumi, &nbsp;yuullerkamek tuqunanrirluta&nbsp; cali iquklitarkat ataam ayagniutngusqelluki. &nbsp;Unguilleq Kristuss-aaq piuli elpecenun kangiurlluni tamalkuan tanqigmun cali unguvamun, neryuniurutmun cali angnimun, tekitellerkaa engelekluku taum Angelriim Erenrem ertellerkaa tamalkuitnun yugnun.</p> <p>Kristuussaq unguirtuq!&nbsp; Ilumun unguirtuq!</p> <p>Pisteci Pistengulriani,</p> <p>+ David, Allgiliyaulria Sitka-mi cali Alaska-mi</p> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_160430_2.html Outreach Alaska announces 2016 Spiritual Travel – Walk the Path of the Saints. Taking reservations now! http://www.doaoca.org/news_160407_1.html Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>Download the <a href="/files/Pilgrimages/2016---Spiritual-Travel-Flyer---Alaska.pdf" target="_blank">brochure</a>.</p> <p>Download the <a href="/files/Pilgrimages/2016---Spiritual-Travel-Itinerary---Alaska.pdf" target="_blank">itinerary</a>.</p> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_160407_1.html Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers http://www.doaoca.org/news_160329_1.html Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div id="SM_paragraph_l1_container"> <div id="SM_paragraph_l1_txt"> <div class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" align="left"><br /> <p style="line-height: 120%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: helvetica;">- Sunday of St. John Climacus </span></p> <p style="line-height: 120%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: helvetica;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; - St. Tikhon Church &ndash; Anchorage &ndash; 6p</span></p> <p style="line-height: 120%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 120%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: helvetica;">- Sunday of St. Mary </span></p> <p style="line-height: 120%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: helvetica;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; - St. Innocent Cathedral &ndash; Anchorage &ndash; 5p</span></p> </div> </div> </div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_160329_1.html 2013 Napaskiak Matushki Retreat http://www.doaoca.org/news_130909_2.html Thu, 04 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2013%20Events/Napaskiak/IMG_0361-2.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Archimandrite David [Mahaffey], Chancellor and Administrator of the Diocese of Alaska, was the keynote speaker at a lenten retreat for clergy wives of the Kuskokwim and Yukon Deaneries at Saint James Church, Napaskiak, AK April 6-7, 2013.</p><p>A widower, Father David shared stories from his life with his late wife, Matushka Karen, and spoke on &ldquo;Famous Mothers in the Bible.&rdquo;&nbsp; Welcoming the many participants were Priest Vasily Fisher, rector, and Archpriest Phillip Alexie, Dean of the Kuskokwim Deanery.</p><p>The gathering also provided an opportunity for Father David to meet with Deanery clergy.</p><p><a href="http://doaoca.orthodoxws.com/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=3">View Slide Show</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_130909_2.html 43rd Annual Saint Herman Pilgrimage http://www.doaoca.org/news_130909_6.html Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013%20Events/Kodiak%20Deanery/EarthView-PILGRIMAGE.jpg&archive=0&final_h=69&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>On August 7-9, 2013 the clergy and faithful joined His Beatitude Metropolitan TIKHON in Kodiak, for the 43rd St. Herman of Alaska Pilgrimage.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_130909_6.html 2013 Yukon Conference http://www.doaoca.org/news_130909_3.html Sun, 01 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013%20Events/Yukon%20Deanery/stmichaels_marshall.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><h2><span style="font-size: small;">Archimandrite David joined the Yukon clergy and faithful for the 2013 Yukon Conference.</span></h2></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_130909_3.html Feastday in Kenai http://www.doaoca.org/news_130909_1.html Sun, 01 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013%20Events/kenai/kenai_feast.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Archimandrite David visits Holy Assumption Church in Kenai for their Feastday. Pictured with him are Archpriest Thomas Andrew (rector), Archpriest Michael Trefon and Monk Silouan.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_130909_1.html Ethics within an Orthodox Worldview http://www.sthermanseminary.org Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Parishes/sthermanseminary.jpg&archive=0&final_h=269&final_w=374&percent=100"><p>From Oct. 7th - Nov. 11th, St. Herman Seminary will be offering a course on Ethics within an Orthodox Worldview. Archimandrite David will be in residence to offer this course which will be held as evening sessions. In addition to seminarians, the class is open to the community for those who wish to audit it. More information can be found at: <a href="http://www.sthermanseminary.org">www.sthermanseminary.org</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.sthermanseminary.org Liturgical Resources Page http://www.doaoca.org/news_131003_1.html Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/YupikTrisagion.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=69&percent=100"><p>Today we added the Resources link that will provide liturgical resources for use throughout the diocese. Sunday typicon rubrics, various services and other helpful information will be provided including sheet music pdf files to download and print and audio recordings from around the diocese.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_131003_1.html Centuries-Old Bell Returns to Kodiak Island http://www.doaoca.org/news_131010_1.html Wed, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013/Historic%20Bell/kodiak-bell.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><em>Kodiak Island</em><em>, Alaska - October, 2013 - </em>A Russian Orthodox Bell has been returned to Alaska after more than a century and a half in Southern California. On October 1, 2013, Alaska Airlines graciously delivered a bell known as the San Fernando Bell to the Holy Resurrection Cathedral on Kodiak Island. Until recently, said bell had been under the care of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and housed at the Mission of San Fernando Rey de Espa&ntilde;a It has since been repatriated by the Catholic Church and Catholic Natives to the Native Orthodox of Alaska as a sign of friendship and unity.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_131010_1.html 2013 Diocesan Assembly http://www.doaoca.org/news_131024_2.html Sun, 20 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013/Assembly/Photo-Oct-24-10-46-33-AM.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>On October 17-19, 2013 the clergy and faithful gathered at St. Innocent Cathedral in Anchorage for the annual Diocesan Assembly. His Emminence Archbishop Benjamin formally announced to the gathering the election of Archimandrite David as Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Sitka and Alaska. This news was received enthusiastically by the clergy and faithful and a consecration date in late February 2014 is being planned with the consecration taking place in Anchorage and the installation in Sitka.</p><p>In addition to the administrative business at the meeting, highlights included; Archpriest Philip Alexie being honored by his fellow deanery clergy for his many years of service as dean in the Kuskowim deanery. Fr. Leo Walsh joined the assembly representing the Roman Catholic church and his Eminence expressed gratitude at the return of the historic bell to Kodiak.</p><p><a href="http://www.doaoca.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=12">View Slide Show</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_131024_2.html Seminary Appeal http://www.doaoca.org/news_131025_2.html Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Parishes/AllSaintsChapel.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>From the Orthodox Church in America:</p><p>In a letter dated October 18, 2013, the deans and administrators of the Orthodox Church in America&rsquo;s three seminaries invite the faithful of all parishes to embrace fully a resolution passed at the 2011 All-American Council calling for a consistent approach to the schools&rsquo; financial support.&nbsp;</p><p>Download the <a href="http://oca.org/PDF/NEWS/2013/2013-1021-seminary%20appeal101913.pdf">PDF letter here</a>.</p><p><a href="http://oca.org/news/headline-news/seminary-deans-administrators-issue-appeal-to-parishes" target="_blank">View the article</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_131025_2.html Deadliest Catch Fleet Blessing http://www.doaoca.org/news_131030_3.html Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013%20Events/aleutian/deadliestcatch_blessing.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>For ten years viewers have followed the hard lives of Bering Sea crab fishermen on the Discovery Channel's series The Deadliest Catch. Producers contacted Priest Evon Bereskin, rector of Holy Ascension Cathedral in Unalaska, this year for permission to film him blessing the fleet. Fr. Evon had the opportunity to interact with a number of skippers and crew members. The blessing will be included in the shows tenth season.</p><p><a href="http://www.doaoca.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=13">View Slide Show</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_131030_3.html Roof work on St. Nicholas Rectory ~ Juneau http://www.doaoca.org/news_131103_1.html Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013/juneau/juneau_rectory.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>A beautiful new roof is nearly complete on the rectory of St. Nicholas Church thanks to ROSSIA securing a Rasmuson Foundation grant for the restoration costs. Despite the rain, Juneau contractors have worked diligently to finish the work before the severe winter weather sets in.</p><p><a href="http://doaoca.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=17">View Slideshow</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_131103_1.html St. Juvenaly Orthodox Mission UPDATE ~ Walls are up! http://www.doaoca.org/news_131002_1.html Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013/stjuvenaly_mission/wall-4.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Construction on the new church in Wasilla, St. Juvenaly and&nbsp; His Companion Orthodox Church, has begun.&nbsp; It&nbsp;is located at 962 S. Hyer Rd.&nbsp; Through the prayers of the faithful we will have it dried in with heat before the snow gets deep.</p><p>Take advantage of the mild start of winter has allowed construction to progress well into the Fall Season.</p><p>Latest Progress: Walls have been raised!</p><p>For updates and to donate to the cause please visit: <a title="http://www.stjuvenalywasilla.org/" href="http://www.stjuvenalywasilla.org/" target="_blank">http://www.stjuvenalywasilla.org/</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_131002_1.html Traffic stopped in Sitka for Inspection of the Dome http://www.doaoca.org/news_131030_2.html Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013%20Events/2013_sitka-dome.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Archpriest Michael Boyle reports from Sitka that traffic was interrupted for two hours on a recent Fall afternoon in south east Alaska. This is a time of year when parishes around the state are doing last minute weatherization projects in anticipation of the long winter months ahead when outdoor work becomes very challenging.<br /><br />Traffic had to be disrupted (the Cathedral is built literally in the middle of the road) as onlookers watched the St. Michael's Cathedral dome in Sitka getting a much needed inspection. A possible leak source was patched and a plan was hatched to kill off the moss on the exterior of the roof. Some surface rust issues will be addressed too and further inspections to insure the longevity of the structure.<br /><br />Alaska is a land of extremes which is evident in the amount of upkeep each parish in Alaska has to maintain.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_131030_2.html Alaska Sister Cities http://www.doaoca.org/news_131110_1.html Sun, 10 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013%20Events/anchorage/sistercity.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Bishop-elect Archimandrite David and Sheri Buretta, President of the Chugach Corp. at the Alaska Sister Cities "Celebration of our Asian Sister Cities" event held at the Alaska Heritage Museum in Anchorage <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1657938586"><span class="aQJ">on Wednesday</span></span> evening, November 6th. &nbsp;Sheri is the Commissioner for Magadan, Russia. &nbsp;The evening featured entertainment, food and an auction to raise money for the ASCC.</p><p>Magadan is celebrating 75 years this summer on July 18, 2014 and Sheri is gathering a delegation from Anchorage to attend the festivities.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_131110_1.html Kenai Outbuilding Progressing with ROSSIA http://www.doaoca.org/news_131111_1.html Sun, 10 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013%20Events/kenai/kenai_groundbreaking01.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>After helping secure grants for the construction of an outbuilding at Holy Assumption Church in Kenai, Grant Crosby spent sometime inspecting the ongoing work.</p><p><a href="http://doaoca.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=18" target="_blank">View Slideshow</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_131111_1.html Prayers for Archpriest Macarius Targonsky http://www.doaoca.org/news_131119_1.html Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013%20Events/targonsky.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>A Holy Unction service was served at the bedside of Archpriest Macarius Targonsky on Sunday, Nov. 17th. Bishop-elect David with, Frs. John Zabinko, Michael Trefon, Thomas Andrew went to the Central Peninsula General Hospital and served the Mystery of Holy Unction for Fr Macarius. &nbsp;Matushki Taisia Andrew and Dolly Trefon also helped to sing the service. Fr. Macarius has been having health issues for some time now and we felt the prayers would help. Please keep Fr. Macarius in your prayers.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_131119_1.html Memory Eternal ~ Reader Herman Squartsoff http://www.doaoca.org/news_131210_1.html Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013%20Events/rdr_herman_memory.jpg&archive=0&final_h=34&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We greet the departure from this life of Reader Herman Squartsoff with a profound sense of loss, but also with deep gratitude for his life and ministry.&nbsp; Working with Reader Herman for close to eighteen years as &ldquo;his priest&rdquo; (as he called me, unworthy as I am) has been an honor and true blessing. We shared many joys and sorrows together from burying village elders to baptizing babies and joyfully celebrating our Lord&rsquo;s Holy Resurrection&mdash;followed by delicious duck soup.&nbsp; He was always a warm and generous host in the village and we spent a lot of time together around the kitchen table.&nbsp;&nbsp; Reader Herman was probably the most generous man I have ever met.&nbsp; He would literally give you the shirt off his back if you needed it: &ldquo;Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.&rdquo; (Mt. 5:42) He would often give hundred dollar bills to unsuspecting seminarians with children.&nbsp; He would take village students on welcome fishing trips and hunting expeditions to get a breather from the big city life of Kodiak.&nbsp;</p><p>He was a friend and confidante but also a true mentor, teaching a young, newly-ordained priest about Christ and the traditions of village Alaska.&nbsp; He was a fantastic teacher who could introduce a new world and way of life not by complicated words but by being a living example of what is Good, True and Beautiful.&nbsp; He taught me as a novice priest, but also was a good father to his children.&nbsp; Whenever I found myself in struggles and difficulties he would help and encourage me like a father or older brother.&nbsp; We served our first funeral together on Afognak Island for a long lost man whose bones had been discovered by an archaeologist.&nbsp; We served Divine Liturgy one Ascension in the sunny and peaceful forests of Monk&rsquo;s Lagoon with a sizeable number of villagers.&nbsp; Some years, he would serve the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete virtually alone in the Church.&nbsp; Last year we did not serve together for Holy Week and Pascha, because he served in the priestless village of Karluk, so that they to could experience the joy of Our Lord&rsquo;s Resurrection.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://doaoca.org/images/2013%20Events/Kodiak%20Deanery/rdr_herman_memory_full.jpg" target="_blank"><img title="Memory Eternal ~ Reader Herman Squartsoff" src="http://doaoca.org/files/rdr_herman_memory2.jpg" alt="Reader Herman with Pilgrims in Monks Lagoon" width="336" height="170" /></a></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Herman came from an Orthodox family from Spruce Island.&nbsp; He could date his Russian-Alutiiq family back to St. Herman&rsquo;s time on the island. &nbsp;&nbsp;His father was the Starosta for Nativity of Our Lord Church, which he served his whole life.&nbsp; Herman was raised in the Orthodox faith by pious parents.&nbsp; Herman was reader in Ouzinkie following the death of the ever-memorable Ilarion Ellanak who taught Herman the order of services.&nbsp; Herman felt himself to be the caretaker of the traditions of these elders, but also knew how important is to pass the Orthodox faith to the new generation.&nbsp; Herman knew he lived in a holy place blessed by St. Herman, but also a place that experienced particular struggles and spiritual temptations.&nbsp; He attended St Herman Seminary where he learned more about services and the Orthodox Faith, and after two years of studies remained another year as seminary cook.&nbsp;</p><p>Not only was Reader Herman a man of God, but also a traditional village man.&nbsp; He was a skillful hunter and fisherman.&nbsp; From sun up to sun down he led an active, purpose-filled subsistence lifestyle rooted in prayer.&nbsp; He chopped wood, smoked fish, shot rifles, captured octopi, baked pirog, collected birds&rsquo; eggs from remote islands, drove skiffs and mended fishing nets.&nbsp;&nbsp; His days, months and years followed the traditional rhythms of the liturgical year and hunting and fishing cycle.&nbsp; He sat on the Native Corporation Board and ran a charter business.&nbsp; He was good at all these things, but his first love was Christ and His Church.&nbsp; He was well aware of his spiritual struggles and imperfections.&nbsp;&nbsp; Many times he exhibited profound repentance.</p><p><a href="http://doaoca.org/images/2013%20Events/Kodiak%20Deanery/rdr_herman_memory_full3.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://doaoca.org/files/rdr_herman_memory3.jpg" alt="Reader Herman with Pilgrims in Monks Lagoon" width="420" height="280" /></a></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Reader Herman&rsquo;s deep concern was for the future of the Church and his village.&nbsp; Like St. Herman of Alaska, he was not afraid to bluntly speak difficult truths if it would help his people or the Church.&nbsp; He was not always popular because he would stubbornly stand for Christ and the Church in the face of growing apathy, greed and secularization. He would often quote the frightening words from St. Matthews Gospel: &ldquo;And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.&rdquo; (Mt. 24:12)&nbsp; He felt that Orthodox Christianity should stand at the heart of the community. When he was village health aide, he placed icons in all the village clinic&rsquo;s rooms.&nbsp;&nbsp; Together we anointed and blessed the newly constructed Ouzinkie Native Corporation building.&nbsp; Herman taught that Christ should be everywhere throughout the community&mdash;He is not bound by the four walls of the church structure.&nbsp; He felt we need to bring Christ into our everyday lives and not act like &ldquo;Sunday Only&rdquo; Christians.&nbsp; He deeply believed we need to transmit Christ and the Orthodox faith to our youth.&nbsp;&nbsp; Jesus Christ is the same &ldquo;yesterday, today and forever,&rdquo; (Heb. 13:8) and to be faithful to our past we must give to future generations.&nbsp; He helped start the village&rsquo;s St. Peter the Aleut Youth Camp for this very purpose.&nbsp; He wanted to make sure the village never drifted from its Orthodox Christian roots.&nbsp; He wanted to make sure future generations would enjoy the blessings of the subsistence lifestyle that he, his parents and grandparents had enjoyed.</p><p><a href="http://doaoca.org/images/2013%20Events/Kodiak%20Deanery/rdr_herman_memory_full4.jpg"><img src="http://doaoca.org/files/rdr_herman_memory4.jpg" alt="Reader Herman with Pilgrims in Monks Lagoon" width="420" height="280" /></a></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Christ said the words, &ldquo;Well done good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.&nbsp; Enter into the joy of your Lord.&rdquo;&nbsp; (Mt. 25:23) I believe Herman was a good and faithful servant who taught us by his words and deeds to love God and our neighbors.&nbsp; He taught not by complicated words and phrases, but by faith and generosity rooted in prayer and the Church&rsquo;s liturgical and spiritual life.&nbsp; We pray that now he is rejoicing in Christ&rsquo;s Kingdom with his beloved St. Herman and all the saints.&nbsp; May his memory be eternal!</p><p>Archpriest John Dunlop</p><p>Dean ~ Saint Herman Seminary</p><p>Kodiak, Alaska</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_131210_1.html Holy Assumption Church Adds New Building http://www.doaoca.org/news_131216_1.html Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2013%20Events/kenai/New-Outbuilding-October-2013.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Thanks to Kenai&rsquo;s legislative team, State Senator Peter Micciche, Representative Kurt Olsen, and House Speaker Mike Chenault, $230,000 was appropriated for the construction of a new mechanical outbuilding next to the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church and National Historic Landmark in Kenai.&nbsp;&nbsp; In addition, the Rasmuson Foundation approved $98,500 to assist with the fire suppression system, sidewalks, and landscaping for the new construction.<br /><br />This new building houses heating components for the church and a state-of-the-art fire suppression misting system designed to protect the historic icons and artifacts in Kenai&rsquo;s National Historic Landmark, as well as a restroom, something the church has lacked, and a gift shop. <br /><br />Construction of the outbuilding began this summer, and Blazy Construction is currently painting the interior and adding all the finishing touches. Completed work-to-date includes design, excavation, sidewalks, foundation, roofing, wall framing, rough in for the fire suppression system, electrical, and drywall. <br /><br />We are so pleased that the work toward the church&rsquo;s restoration is continuing with the help of ROSSIA (Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska), the State of Alaska, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the long-term support of our partner, the National Park Service.&nbsp; A special thanks goes to Grant Crosby, National Park Service Senior Historical Architect, who has kept this historic restoration project moving forward.<br /><br />The Holy Assumption parish and ROSSIA are planning to host a ribbon cutting ceremony Spring 2014 when the building has been completed.<br /><br />Dorothy Gray, Secretary<br />Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church Council</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_131216_1.html Nushagak Deanery Conference http://www.doaoca.org/news_131216_2.html Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2013%20Events/Nishigak%20Deanery/photo.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Pictured with Bishop-elect David are:&nbsp; Fr. Alexie Askoak , Dean and host, Fr . David Askoak from Illiamna Deanery, Fr. Ivan Gumlikpuk of Koliganek, Fr James Gust of New Stuyahok, and Fr Michael Nicolai from Dillingham.&nbsp; Akathist was served Friday night and Liturgy with commemoration of the departed on Saturday. Vespers Saturday evening and Liturgy Sunday morning highlighted a full weekend of services.Talks with adult and children were held all weekend, ending with a lively Q &amp; A Sunday Afternoon.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_131216_2.html Consecration News http://www.doaoca.org/news_140102_2.html Wed, 01 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>The Deadline is January 15, 2014 to reserve your space at the Consecration Banquet and also if you would like to contribute to the commemorative book. Please use the links below for more information and the links to the right to make reservations.</p> <p><a href="/files/pdf/Anchorage-and-Sitka-Schedule.pdf" target="_blank">Consecration Schedule of Events</a></p> <p><a href="/files/pdf/Letter-of-Invitation-Concecration.pdf" target="_blank">Consecration Invitation Letter</a></p> <p><a href="/files/pdf/Commemorative-Book-Letter.pdf" target="_blank">Commemorative Book</a></p> <p><a href="/files/pdf/HOTELS-WITH-SPECIAL-RATES.pdf" target="_blank">Hotel Information</a>&nbsp;- UPDATED</p> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140102_2.html Consecration of Bishop DAVID http://www.doaoca.org/news_140306_2.html Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/Consecration/IMG_9780.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>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 episcopacy as Bishop of Sitka and Alaska.<br /><br />Over forty priests and deacons joined His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin; His Grace, Bishop Michael; His Grace, Bishop Ireneu; and His Grace, Bishop Ir&eacute;n&eacute;e in welcoming His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon at the cathedral entrance.&nbsp; Joining them were the Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, Archpriest John Jillions and the Chancellor of the Diocese of Alaska, Archpriest Victor Nick.<br /><br />Also present were Bishop-Elect David&rsquo;s children, their spouses, and his granddaughter.<br /><br />At the outset of the Liturgy, Father Jillions and Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov brought Bishop-Elect David before Metropolitan Tikhon and the bishops, seated in the center of the cathedral, where he read the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, followed by a detailed explanation of the Church&rsquo;s Trinitarian and Christological doctrines.&nbsp; He then read his personal commitment to uphold the Church&rsquo;s canons and the teachings of the Holy Fathers and to preserve unity with his brother bishops.<br /><br />Referencing 2 Timothy 2:24-25, Bishop-Elect David proclaimed, &ldquo;I will deal with the opponents of the Holy Church reasonably, uprightly and gently, as taught by the Apostle Paul, &lsquo;for the servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, forbearing, correcting his opponents with gentleness.&nbsp; God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth.&rsquo;&nbsp; I promise to visit and watch over the flock which is now entrusted to me after the manner of the Apostles, so that they remain true to the Faith and true in the performance of good works.&nbsp; I will show special concern for the priests.&nbsp; I promise to inspect with diligence, to exhort and to restrain, in order that schisms, superstitions and unholy venerations and customs contrary to Christian teaching of piety and good morals may not arise or injure the Christian way of life.&rdquo;<br /><br />During the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Tikhon placed the open Gospel Book over Bishop-Elect David&rsquo;s head as all five consecrating bishops place their hands upon it.&nbsp; The Metropolitan then proclaimed, &ldquo;By the election and approbation of all the Venerable Bishops of the Holy Synod, the Grace Divine, which always heals that which is infirm and fulfills that which is lacking through the Laying-on-of-Hands, elevates you, most belov&egrave;d of God, Archimandrite David, to be the Bishop of Sitka and Alaska, which enjoys the protection of Almighty God&hellip;.&nbsp; O Lord our God Who, in that it is impossible for the nature of man to endure the Essence of the Godhead, in Thy Providence hast provided for us teachers of like nature with ourselves to maintain Thine Altar, that they may offer to Thee sacrifice and oblations for all Thy People.&nbsp; O Lord, make this man also, who has been proclaimed a steward of the Episcopal Grace, to be an imitator of Thee, Who art the True Shepherd, Who laid down Thy Life for Thy sheep.&nbsp; Grant that he will be a leader of the blind, a light to those in darkness, a reprover of the unwise, a teacher of the young, a lamp to the world.&nbsp; Grant also that he, having perfected the souls entrusted to him in this present life, may stand unashamed before Thy Throne, and that he may receive the great reward which Thou hast prepared for those who have fought with valor for the preaching of the Gospel.&rdquo;<br /><br />During the Divine Liturgy, Bishop David ordained Deacon Symeon Askoak to the priesthood. Newly ordained Father Symeon is from the village of Russian Mission and will be completing his studies at Saint Herman Seminary in May.<br /><br />At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Tikhon and the consecrating bishops, along with the clergy and faithful, venerated the Cross and greeted His Grace, Bishop David.&nbsp; The cathedral thundered with the singing of &ldquo;Many years, O Master,&rdquo; after which the clergy and faithful joyously sang traditional hymns in Yupik and Slavonic until everyone had the opportunity to receive Bishop David&rsquo;s blessing and offer their personal congratulations.<br /><br />Metropolitan Tikhon delivered the homily and offered an exhortation to Bishop David as he presented the newly consecrated bishop with the archpastoral staff.&nbsp; The texts of his homily and exhortation appear in their entirety below.<br /><br />The Consecration Liturgy was streamed live on the OCA web site.<br /><br />A photo gallery of the Divine Liturgy may be found on the OCA web site and Facebook page. Updates and additional galleries will be posted as they are received.<br />Metropolitan Tikhon&rsquo;s Homily at the Consecration Divine Liturgy<br /><br />In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.<br /><br />My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today is a day of great rejoicing for the Diocese of Alaska as we gather in this sacred Cathedral of Saint Innocent to participate in and witness the ordination of the Right Reverend David as the new Bishop for this diocese, the Mother Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America&mdash;the diocese which guards the relics, the teachings and the examples of so many of the inspired and great saints of North America.<br /><br />On this day, we commemorate the leavetaking of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple, the Great Feast of the Church in which we honor both the Mother of God, whose womb was sanctified by the birth of her Son, and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself Who, as we sing, &ldquo;has now come to save us through love.&rdquo;<br /><br />At the same time, having entered into the period of the Lenten Triodion, we find ourselves in that time of the Church&rsquo;s liturgical calendar during which we prepare ourselves to enter the season of Great Lent. As happens each year, the appointed scripture readings for the days preceding the Sunday of Forgiveness take us through the Gospel account of the Passion and Death of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.<br /><br />And so, in today&rsquo;s Gospel reading, we have walked with our Lord to Golgotha, the place of a skull, where He was given wine mingled with myrrh to drink, where His garments were divided and lots cast, where He was crucified on the Cross and where, after having cried out with a loud voice, He breathed His last.<br /><br />So we have today both a reminder of the Passion and Death of Christ and an expression of His divine love, through which He has saved us. This is indeed fitting for this day in the life of the Diocese of Alaska and in the life of the newly ordained Bishop David because, as we know so well and as we sing so often in the Church, &ldquo;through the Cross joy has come into all the world.&rdquo;&nbsp; Today, Bishop David and the clergy and faithful of this diocese receive the joy of the fullness of the Church: a bishop elected and appointed to be the Archpastor and High Priest to safeguard the unity, identity, integrity, unanimity, continuity, solidarity and harmony of the churches of this diocese.<br /><br />This same joy was manifest in the amazement of the Centurion who, when he saw the manner in which the Lord died, said, &ldquo;truly this Man was the Son of God!&rdquo;&nbsp; This same joy was contained within the hearts of the women who stood, looking on from afar, wondering about that to which their following of and ministering to the Lord had led them. Their particular joy of each of these may have been hidden, buried under the immediate sorrow that seemed to overwhelm them, their eyes veiled to the truth that &ldquo;through the Cross, joy has come into all the world.&rdquo;<br /><br />And yet the joy of the Lord was present in them, waiting to be released by the news of the third day Resurrection which would make clear to them that their Paschal joy was made possible through the pain and sorrow of the Cross. The intimate connection between the Cross and joy works both ways: Joy preserves us in the midst of the sorrow and temptations of life, while the Cross preserves our sobriety when we are filled with joy.<br /><br />And so it is today, on this day of the Consecration of Bishop David, on this day in which the Diocese of Alaska receives a new shepherd, a new father, that our joy is also made stronger by the remembrance of the Cross and Death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, through which life and resurrection have been given to all of us.<br /><br />How do we preserve the Cross and the joy of the Resurrection in a healthy balance? The Apostle John, in his second epistle which we heard today, writes to &ldquo;the elect lady and her children&rdquo; and reminds her, even pleads with her, as he reminds us and pleads with us not as though he wrote a new commandment, but &ldquo;that which we had from the beginning: that we love one another.&rdquo;<br /><br />To preserve the joy of the Lord, to remain in the Truth of the Gospel, to give thanks for the unity and integrity of our local diocese, we need to love one another. This is a love that is simple, yet is based on our faithful and constant adherence to the commandments of Christ: &ldquo;This is love, that we walk according to His Commandments.&nbsp; This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.&nbsp; Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God.&nbsp; He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.&rdquo;<br /><br />It is the Bishop who, above all, is given this sacred task of guiding his flock to abide in the doctrine of Christ and to preserve the Truth of this doctrine through love, just as Saint John &ldquo;loves in truth&rdquo; the elect lady to whom he addresses his epistle. The Bishop offers his love to his clergy and his flock, just as he is supported by their prayers and their love for him.<br /><br />The joy we feel today should be an inspiration for all of us, an inspiration to bear with courage the crosses that are placed upon us, to love one another and, as Saint Herman so piercingly reminds us, to love God above all every day, every hour and every minute.<br /><br />May our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is going to His voluntary Passion in the flesh, strengthen us, encourage us and fill us with His love, so that we may walk with Him to the light of the Resurrection, the joy of life eternal, and the glory of the heavenly Kingdom.&nbsp; Amen.<br />Metropolitan Tikhon&rsquo;s Exhortation to the newly consecrated Bishop David<br /><br />It is a great blessing for all of us to be gathered here, from near and far, for this joyous event, to have served with so many clergy from the Diocese of Alaska, together with the faithful of the region, and to welcome the clergy and faithful of many of the dioceses of the Orthodox Church in America and other jurisdictions.<br /><br />I am grateful to the members of the Holy Synod who have concelebrated with us today: His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey; His Grace, Bishop Ir&eacute;n&eacute;e of Quebec City, Administrator of the Archdiocese of Canada; and His Grace, Bishop Ireneu, of Dearborn Heights.<br /><br />Especially, I would like to express, on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops, their sincere thanks to His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, who has labored sacrificially and with great love for the clergy and people of Alaska during his time as Locum Tenens. I am sure that I speak for all the clergy and the faithful in expressing the deep appreciation for his willingness to serve, to bring the diocese to a place of stability and solidity, to a place where today&rsquo;s event, the Consecration of a new father and Archpastor, Bishop David, was made possible.<br /><br />To His Grace, the newly consecrated Bishop David, I offer these few words on behalf of the Holy Synod and all the clergy, monastics and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America: I wholeheartedly congratulate you on your consecration and enthronement as the ruling Bishop of the See of Sitka, and the Diocese of Alaska.<br /><br />Through the mystery of the All-Holy Spirit and the laying on of hands, our Lord has bestowed on Your Grace the apostolic grace to strengthen you in your Episcopal labors. Your election and consecration come at a time when the faithful of Alaska are in great need of a good pastor and capable shepherd who knows his people, and is known by them.<br /><br />There is much to do in this land, which received the Word of our God through the great missionary saints Innocent and Herman, and their companions, and through the sacrificial examples of the martyrs who shed their blood in this land. Chief amongst your concerns must be the training of young men and women who will become the future of the Orthodox Church here in Alaska, so that the love and missionary zeal of the entire Church may be kindled anew.<br /><br />My dear brother, I pray that Our Lord will grant you good health and the plentitude of spiritual gifts so that you may, in peace and love, nourish the People of God and be a witness to all who are searching and seeking for the Truth as offered by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.&nbsp; From my heart I wish you inexhaustible energy, peace and joy as you undertake this awesome ministry as a Bishop of Christ&rsquo;s Church.<br /><br />To the clergy, especially the newly-ordained Priest Symeon, we offer our congratulations and deep gratitude for the great number of you who have come here today to serve with us and to participate in this great event. I exhort you to prayerfully and lovingly offer your love, support and encouragement to your new Archpastor, and to learn from him as he leads you and guides you in your pastoral ministries.<br /><br />To the faithful of the diocese, I also ask you to offer your prayers for Bishop David, so that his ministry might truly bear fruit a hundredfold and that he, working together with all his clergy, may lead all of you in the direction of the heavenly Kingdom and into the glory of God.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140306_2.html Bishop DAVID interview in the Daily Sitka Sentinel http://www.doaoca.org/news_140223_1.html Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Consecration/newbishopws.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=63&percent=100"><p style="text-align: left;"><em><strong>Sterry David Mahaffey Jr. in St. Michael's Cathedral. (Sentinel Photo)</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Article by Shannon Haugland of the Daily Sitka Sentinel</p> <p style="text-align: left;">February, 22, 2014</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp; The incoming Orthodox bishop for Sitka and all Alaska says he barely noticed the 15 below zero weather on his first visit to the Kuskokwim Delta from his home in the eastern U.S.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;Even though it was really cold, I didn&rsquo;t notice it so much because the people were so warm,&rdquo; said Sterry David Mahaffey Jr. &ldquo;There was a warmth in the church that cold weather wouldn&rsquo;t drive away. ... I thought, &lsquo;Wow. This is really different.&rsquo;&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mahaffey, 61, will be installed <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_651928714"><span class="aQJ">Sunday</span></span> as Bishop for the Diocese of Sitka and all Alaska in a ceremony that will draw the hierarchy in the Orthodox Church in America. They include Metropolitan Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada; Archbishop Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West; Bishop Michael, Bishop of New York and New Jersey; Bishop Irineu, Bishop of Dearborn; and Bishop Irenee of Quebec City.</p> <div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The celebration begins with vespers at <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_651928715"><span class="aQJ">6 p.m. Saturday</span></span> at St. Michael&rsquo;s Cathedral. At <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_651928716"><span class="aQJ">8:50 a.m. Sunday</span></span> a formal procession will start from the Russian Bishop&rsquo;s House on Lincoln Street to St. Michael&rsquo;s Cathedral, where the hierarchical divine liturgy will begin at <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_651928717"><span class="aQJ">9 a.m.</span></span><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The installation banquet will start at <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_651928718"><span class="aQJ">1 p.m. Sunday</span></span> at Centennial Hall. Mahaffey was consecrated this morning in St. Innocent Cathedral in Anchorage.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The public is invited to the events <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_651928719"><span class="aQJ">on Sunday</span></span>.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mahaffey, has been serving as administrator and chancellor of the Alaska diocese since March 2013 and will continue to live in Anchorage. The post has been empty for five years, with another bishop serving as locum tenens. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Once Mahaffey is installed, and he is handed the historic staff of St. Innocent at the end of the liturgy <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_651928720"><span class="aQJ">Sunday</span></span>, he will be bishop for life.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mahaffey and Archpriest Father Michael Boyle, dean of St. Michael&rsquo;s Cathedral, spoke to the Sentinel recently about the upcoming installation ceremony <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_651928721"><span class="aQJ">on Sunday</span></span>.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sitka, the historic capital of Russian America, is the location of the Bishop&rsquo;s See, which is why the installation ceremony will take place here, Mahaffey said.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mahaffey described his reaction to being named the next bishop of Alaska as &ldquo;fearful.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;Well, I&rsquo;ve been running from this for a long time,&rdquo; he said. He had previously been considered for the post of bishop for New York and New Jersey, and several other dioceses as well, but always felt another man was better for the job. When the Alaska position became available, he said, &ldquo;I was told I would be getting a phone call.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mahaffey was selected by the diocese of Alaska at an election in 2012, and last October he was confirmed by the Holy Synod of Bishops in Syosset, N.Y.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He said he feels Alaska is a good fit for him because he enjoys the travel that&rsquo;s involved covering the large diocese, and has enjoyed getting to know the people.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;I like the people ... People are down to earth, and in tune with nature, and live accordingly.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Boyle said he and others in the state were pleased with the selection of Mahaffey to be bishop.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;It was almost a unanimous feeling of good will, good heart for Father David, and for him to be our bishop,&rdquo; Boyle said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s quite an accomplishment: for us to love this man, and he loves us.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Boyle added that being an administrator is not the difficult part of the job.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;The bishop is &lsquo;papa,&rsquo;&rdquo; Boyle said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not hard to be an administrator. He&rsquo;s the heart. That&rsquo;s what Father David is for us.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mahaffey was born in Altoona, Pa., and raised in Mahaffey, Pa., which was named after his ancestors, in the middle of the Allegheny Mountains.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;I grew up in the country, which is one of the reasons Alaska attracted me,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It has the same rural lifestyle.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He graduated from Purchase Line High School in 1970, and went on to study at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He left school, got married and went to work as a mechanic for a coal company. After the company folded in 1987, he managed a car dealership.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He said he and his wife thought he would continue to work until retirement age, and then go to seminary.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;God had different plans,&rdquo; Mahaffey said.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mahaffey was born and raised in the Methodist faith, and became Orthodox when he was 23 in 1975. He and his wife, Karen, were very active in their Orthodox church.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;When I found Orthodoxy, I felt this is where I can worship God properly,&rdquo; he said. He said he enjoyed the way the Orthodox worship engages &ldquo;all the senses.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He served as a deacon in the Orthodox church for 12 years before going to the Orthodox seminary in 1991, he said, &ldquo;because my wife and I felt it&rsquo;s what God wanted me to do.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mahaffey was ordained in the Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pa., in 1993 and served parishes in the eastern part of the state until he moved to Alaska in 2013. He has bachelor&rsquo;s degrees in philosophy and theology from the University of Scranton and a master&rsquo;s of divinity from St. Tikhon&rsquo;s. During his time in Pennsylvania, he was an adjunct professor at Alvernia University, a Catholic college in Pennsylvania, as well as St. Tikhon&rsquo;s.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; His first Alaskan experience was in January 2012. He was sent to the village of Napaskiak in the Kuskokwim delta, where the mercury went to 15 below and he conducted services daily in the small church there. He said he was struck by the warmth and friendliness of the people, and enjoyed conducting services in the community of about 400.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mahaffey said the religion is the same on both sides of the country, but there are many cultural differences. On the East Coast, parishioners are descended from immigrants from Eastern Europe who came to the U.S. more than 100 years ago. In Alaska, most of the parishioners are Alaska Natives whose faith goes back to the influx of Russian missionaries during the Russian America era.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;The Native church has its own wonderful characteristics and traditions,&rdquo; Mahaffey said.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mahaffey said he is looking forward to Sunday&rsquo;s procession from the Russian Bishop&rsquo;s House to St. Michael&rsquo;s, when he will be walking in the footsteps of St. Innocent, who was the Russian Orthodox missionary priest Ivan Veniaminov when he came to Sitka in 1834. He was the first Orthodox bishop and archbishop in the Americas, and later became the Metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia. He was canonized in 1977. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At the end of the liturgy <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_651928723"><span class="aQJ">Sunday</span></span>, Mahaffey will be handed St. Innocent&rsquo;s staff as the new bishop, which he said will be a great honor.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Those wanting to attend the installation banquet at <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_651928724"><span class="aQJ">1 p.m. Sunday</span></span> should purchase tickets before the end of today by calling 747-8120, or by email to <a href="mailto:frmichael.boyle@gmail.com" target="_blank">frmichael.boyle@gmail.com</a>.</div> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140223_1.html The unlikely path of Alaska’s new Orthodox bishop http://www.doaoca.org/news_140304_1.html Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Consecration/kcaw_interview.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>(KCAW photo/by Emily Forman)</p> <p><a href="http://www.kcaw.org/2014/03/03/the-path-of-alaskas-orthodox-bishop/" target="_blank">Interview on Sitka's Raven Radio</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140304_1.html Metropolitan TIKHON calls for ongoing prayers http://www.doaoca.org/news_140306_1.html Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON, has asked that prayers for peace and justice in Ukraine continue with the following petition:</p> <p>&ldquo;Again we pray that the people of Ukraine and Russia be granted the wisdom, mutual respect and love which will protect them from violence and preserve them in peace.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://oca.org/news/headline-news/metropolitan-tikhon-calls-for-ongoing-prayers" target="_blank">View the full article at www.oca.org</a></p> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140306_1.html 50th Anniversary ~ Great Alaska Earthquake & Tsunami http://www.doaoca.org/news_140315_1.html Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/IMG_0692.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>(PHOTO: Entrance to Three Saints Orthodox Church, Old Harbor, AK)</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Statewide Tolling-of-the-Bells to commemorate Great Alaska Earthquake</strong></span></p> <p>Sophia (Jane) Szabo</p> <p>Contact: Bishop David Mahaffey, Bishop of Sitka and Alaska, Diocese of Alaska, Orthodox Church in America &ndash; 907-677-0224 &ndash; <a href="mailto:administration@dioceseofalaska.org">administration@dioceseofalaska.org</a></p> <p>Bells will ring out all across Alaska at 5:36 p.m. March 27 to commemorate the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake. The Magnitude 9.2 quake, which struck at that time in 1964, caused widespread damage including the loss of lives and destruction of villages.</p> <p>Through the impetus of a few individuals and the support of the state legislature and the Alaska Orthodox Christian Church, the idea will finally recognize the history and personal sacrifice of this forgotten moment.</p> <p>Several months ago, an &ldquo;aha phenomenon&rdquo; about the bells came to Chuck Volanti of Olympia, Wash., a former Alaska Air National Guard flight dispatcher. &ldquo;I got up one morning and felt the need to do something about the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the earthquake,&rdquo; he said in a recent phone interview. He set about contacting media and government representatives &ndash; wrote the governor and sent a letter to each member of the state legislature. Through the support of Rep. Doug Isaacson of North Pole and Rep. Cherisse Millett of Anchorage, the result was HJR 23 &ndash; &ldquo;Proclaiming March 27, 2014 as Good Friday Earthquake Remembrance Day&rdquo; &ndash; which passed unanimously and was signed by Gov. Sean Parnell on March 4.</p> <p>During the course of his crusade, Volanti kept thinking, &ldquo;What is it that would make this a moment in time that would memorialize the event and honor the citizens of the state of Alaska?&rdquo; A proclamation on paper is one thing, but bells would give it voice. One thing led to another and the next thing he knew Volanti was talking about bells with Deacon Paul Erickson of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Juneau.</p> <p>They agreed that a statewide tolling of the bells led by Alaska&rsquo;s historic Orthodox churches would cause people to take notice. Alaska&rsquo;s new bishop, His Grace Bishop DAVID (Mahaffey), liked the idea. He sent a letter to each of Alaska&rsquo;s approximately 85 parishes asking them to ring the bells at the historic moment.</p> <p>The bells will be rung in a full peeling, in the Russian, &ldquo;Trezvon,&rdquo; of all the bells of the church, beginning at 5:34 p.m. for two minutes, followed by two minutes of silence at 5:36 p.m., and then two minutes of tolling (one strike every ten seconds) on the largest bell. The two minutes before the quake to represent the ongoing life of Alaskans before the quake, the two minutes of silence and the two minutes of tolling for the four minutes the quake actually lasted.</p> <p>&ldquo;In this way, we will pay honor to both the living and the dead who were a part of that historic event in the life of the state of Alaska,&rdquo; the Bishop wrote.</p> <p>The bishop also presented this request to Alaska&rsquo;s church leaders from other major faiths. It is hoped that all will join in the ringing of the bells.</p> <p>The Great Alaska Earthquake &ndash; &ldquo;Good Friday Earthquake&rdquo; &ndash; was the most powerful recorded in U.S. and North American history. Some 139 lives were lost. Areas near Kodiak were raised by 30 feet and areas near Portage dropped as much as 8 feet.</p> <p>The quake affected a number of Orthodox villages. A 27-foot tsunami destroyed Chenega, whose village published a book &ldquo;The Day that Cries Forever.&rdquo; Kaguyak and Afognak villages were destroyed. In Old Harbor, the entire village was destroyed except for the Orthodox church.</p> <p>Anchorage and environs took a hard hit as well, especially downtown, Turnagain and out along the Turnagain Arm to Portage.</p> <p>In Valdez, the city harbor and docks collapsed. This is a part of the story that especially affected Chuck Volanti, because he lost four good friends in connection with a National Guard operation in days subsequent to the quake. Killed in the related plane crash April 27, 1964, were Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Carroll, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard; pilot Lt. Col. Thomas Norris Sr.; co-pilot Maj. James Rowe; and flight engineer Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Ayers.</p> <p><a href="/files/pdf/50th-Anniversary-1964-Earthquake.pdf" target="_blank">Letter to Parishes</a></p> <p><a href="/files/pdf/50th-Earthquake-STATE-Resolution.pdf" target="_blank">Alaska State Legislature Resolution</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140315_1.html Fr. Chad Hatfield visits SHS http://www.doaoca.org/news_140318_2.html Sun, 16 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2014%20Events/shs_book-donation.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>From the beginning of the history of St. Herman Seminary, it has enjoyed a vital relationship with St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary, several of its faculty spending time in coming to Kodiak to invest in the support of the Church in Alaska. For the past few years, due to a generous endowment established at St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary in 2011 to support developing this ongoing relationship between it and St. Herman Seminary (see www.svots.edu/headlines/80000-endowment-created-st-vladimirs-help-sister-seminary), every Lent Fr. Chad Hatfield visits St. Herman Seminary. As the former dean of St. Herman Seminary and the current CEO of St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary, he returns to Kodiak with at least one special speaker from St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary, giving the speaker the opportunity of making a pilgrimage to Spruce Island.</p> <p>In addition to providing a special educational experience to the seminarians, every year Fr. Chad also brings a gift of recently published books from SVS Press. In this way, the theological library at St. Herman Seminary is enriched by the ongoing relationship with St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary.</p> <p>This year this visit occurred over the Sunday of Orthodox (March 7-9), not only bringing a special speaker to address this topic but also delivered a presentation to the seminarians himself, speaking to the seminarians about the importance of priestly formation. In this, he emphasized not academics, or even the attendance of religious services, but the formation of the person in preparation for priestly ministry. He stated that addressing this issue is a vital need for <em>all </em>Orthodox seminaries.</p> <p>Accompanying Fr. Chad on this visit was St. Vladimir&rsquo;s alumnus Dn. Evan Freeman, who currently is pursuing doctoral studies in Byzantine Art at Yale University. Deacon Evan&rsquo;s presentation on icons, entitled &ldquo;Salvation in Word and Imagery&rdquo; was warmly received by those attending, especially meaningful in that it occurred on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the commemoration of the restoration of the Holy Icons to the Church in the year 843.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140318_2.html March 2014 Dillingham Visitation http://www.doaoca.org/news_140318_1.html Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2014%20Events/Dillingham/orthodox_moravian_clergy.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>On Saturday, March 15th, His Grace visited St. Seraphim Orthodox Church in Dillingham, Alaska. After serving Divine Liturgy with Fr. James &amp; Deacon Wassillie Gust, His Grace hosted a Question and Answer forum with local Moravian clergy and faithful. The Moravian community was hosting a "singspiration".<br /><br />The St. Mary Magdalene Sisterhood presented His Grace with a hand-made beaver hat in celebration of his first visit to St. Seraphim's as Bishop of Alaska.<br /><br />In attendance also was Aleknagik mayor Jane Gottschalk.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://doaoca.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=22" target="_blank">View the Photo Gallery</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140318_1.html ROSSIA Awarded $5000.00 Grant for Juneau http://www.doaoca.org/news_140403_1.html Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013/juneau/Photo-Nov-03-12-42-39-AM.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>ROSSIA (Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska) has received confirmation that it has been awarded a $5000.00 grant from the National Trust Preservation Fund to support fire suppression engineering and electrical schematic designs for the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. "The National Trust is very supportive of this worthwhile preservation initiative and we hope that this financial commitment will assist your organization in raising any additional funds needed for this effort."</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140403_1.html His Grace Visits King Cove & False Pass http://www.doaoca.org/news_140409_1.html Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2014%20Events/King%20Cove/KingCove_02.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>His Grace Bishop DAVID arrived in King Cove on Friday, April 4, the first visit of a bishop since 1997.</p> <p>The faithful welcomed Vladyka with bread and salt at the church. Many children were present to receive his blessing after he entered the church. On Saturday morning he joined local children at a Church School lesson and Great Vespers was served in the evening. During the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, Vlaydka awarded Fr. Andrei the kamilavka. After the dismissal he presented the lay reader Irene Christiansen with a grammota for her many years of dedicated service to St. Herman Church. In appreciation of his visit, the parishioners presented Vladyka with a framed image of the Lord&rsquo;s Prayer written in Eastern Aleut and a leather skufia to wear on his travels. A community pot-luck took place in the afternoon and Vladyka visited with elders who once lived in Belkofski. Great Vespers with litiya was served in the evening and on Monday morning we celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the Annunciation. Afterwards at the city office Vladyka and several elders presented the Mayor of King Cove with an ukaz to show our appreciation for a recent land transfer to the local Orthodox community. After lunch, Vladyka and Fr. Andrei flew to False Pass to meet the faithful in that small coastal village of less than 100 residents. It was the first ever visit of a bishop to False Pass. A service for the departed was held in the cemetery followed by fellowship and refreshments in the community center before flying to Cold Bay. Vladyka David&rsquo;s pastoral visit will be remembered gratefully by the faithful of these two Eastern Aleutian fishing communities.</p> <p><a href="http://doaoca.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=24">View Photo Gallery</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140409_1.html http://www.doaoca.org/news_140501_1.html Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2014%20Events/StTikhon_LazSaturday/IMG_6401.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: left;">His Grace Bishop David celebrated Lazarus Saturday with Archpriest Daniel Andrejuk and the faithful of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Church in Anchorage.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://doaoca.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=27">View the photo gallery</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140501_1.html 2014 Pascha in Kodiak http://www.doaoca.org/news_140420_1.html Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2014%20Events/Pascha/_DSC0961.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>His Grace Bishop David joined the clergy and faithful of Holy Resurrection Cathedral to celebrate his first Pascha as a Bishop. His Grace presided at the services of Holy Friday and Holy Saturday. Deacon Irenaios Anderson was awarded the double orarion at the Vesperal Divine Liturgy on Holy Saturday.</p> <p>Joining His Grace were Archpriest Innocent Dresdow, Dean of Holy Resurrection Cathedral and Archpriest Michael Trefon, rector of Transfiguration of our Lord Church in Ninilchik, AK. Deacon Irenaios Anderson and Deacon Innocent Philo served with His Grace as well.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://doaoca.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=26">View the photo gallery</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140420_1.html Reflection on the Orthodox Christian Theology of Marriage http://www.doaoca.org/news_140507_1.html Wed, 07 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p><strong><em>A reflection on Marriage by Matushka Bea Dunlop, Saint Herman Seminary</em></strong></p> <p>Then the man said, &ldquo;This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.&rdquo; Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed. (Gen &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;2:23-24)<br />As the couple embarks on this journey as one, I was asked to say a few words about the Orthodox theology of marriage. Genesis narrates that God created man and woman as mutually dependent creatures. No other was found worthy to be a helpmate for man among God&rsquo;s creatures. Being a &ldquo;help&rdquo; does not imply merely being a servant&mdash;another man could have done that&mdash;or even some animals could be trained to do that. &ldquo;Help&rdquo; in Scripture is most often attributed to God&rsquo;s providential help. In Exodus we hear, &ldquo;The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh.&rdquo; (Ex 18.4) The Psalmist cries out, &ldquo;Lord, help me!&rdquo; in many places. (70.1, 71.12, 109.76) &ldquo;Help&rdquo; in Scripture is help that saves. It is deliverance. <br /><br />So man and woman were created as a complementary pair for their salvation. They are not called to be &ldquo;independent,&rdquo; nor for one to be a power over the other, but are called to become a special community dedicated to salvation. Their life in marriage is a journey together to the Kingdom of God. Orthodox Christians frequently say that the home is a little Church, and this is a true goal for us. Christ said, &ldquo;where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.&rdquo; (Mt 18:20) The two persons who are to be joined are becoming such a &ldquo;two or three gathered&rdquo; in the community of marriage.<br /><br />Christ in teaching about marriage referred to the creation of man and woman and added his authoritative interpretation:<br /><br />Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, &ldquo;For this reason a man &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh&rdquo;? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder. (Mt 19:4-6)<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />From Christ&rsquo;s words we learn that God joins the two. This is so important because we know that in this fallen world so often our human efforts to get along with one another fail&mdash;we know this from the wars, conflicts and arguments that plague us. It is only God who can unite us, make us really one. It is God who brings peace. It is God&rsquo;s saving power that will enable the couple to be salvation and help for each other. As they journey to the Kingdom of God, they are called to grow in God&rsquo;s likeness, and to help each other increase in holiness.<br /><br />God is Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit&mdash;humans who are made in God&rsquo;s image and likeness are called to live in relationship. Marriage is a specific type of community&mdash;a way to put into practice this Trinitarian life&mdash;that God has implanted in our very make-up. As the Father and the Son are one, Christ prays that his disciples become one, and that prayer applies very especially to the couple as they begin this journey. <br /><br />Additionally, the Father and the Son are not locked into a static dyad, but also their love overflows to the Holy Spirit. And not only does God&rsquo;s love express itself in His inner Trinitarian life, but God&rsquo;s love goes outside and creates an &ldquo;other&rdquo;: the entire universe and even us&mdash;the human creature. Just so, the couple&rsquo;s love will not be just among themselves, but should go outside and bear fruit. This fruit is often offspring, but being fecund is not limited to producing biological children. It is a mistake, even for a family that produces children, to live as though they existed only for themselves. Such selfishness does not build up the Church and does not result in holiness, only a stunted sort of humanity. God&rsquo;s love is Trinitarian and creative. God&rsquo;s love took the ultimate risk in creating us, even though God knew we would spurn that love, disobey and turn away. God&rsquo;s love took on the ultimate risk in becoming incarnate and suffering death to restore us. <br /><br />As Bishop Kallistos Ware writes in the foreword to Marriage as a Path to Holiness: Lives of Married Saints:<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;John Chrysostom calls marriage &ldquo;the sacrament of love.&rdquo; As such, marriage expresses something altogether fundamental to our human personhood. For we humans are created in the image of God, and that means first and foremost in the image of God the Holy Trinity. &ldquo;God is love&rdquo; (I John 4:8): not self-love but shared love, not a single person loving himself alone, but a communion or koinonia of three Persons loving one another. God is not just personal but interpersonal, not just a unit but a union. God is solidarity, exchange, response, reciprocity. If all this is true of God, then it must be true also of the human person formed in God&rsquo;s image. If God is love, then the human person also is love: not self-love but shared love. The human person also is solidarity, exchange, response, reciprocity. We humans, like the three divine Persons, fulfill ourselves by living in communion or koinonia: &ldquo;Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God.&rdquo; (I John 4:7)<br /><br />Our prayer for the couple to be wed is that God&rsquo;s love will provide them a model, and the power, to love in the same way that God loves us.<br /><br /></p> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140507_1.html Summer Internship in Juneau Opportunity http://www.doaoca.org/news_140509_1.html Wed, 07 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Parishes/juneau.jpg&archive=0&final_h=64&final_w=89&percent=100"><p>Applications are now being taken for summer internships at Saint Nicholas Church, Juneau, AK.<br /> <br /> Consecrated in 1894, the historic church has attracted thousands of pilgrims and tour groups for many years.&nbsp; [Visit the parish web site at <a href="http://www.stnicholasjuneau.org" target="_external">www.stnicholasjuneau.org</a> for additional information.]<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The internship program provides an opportunity for the parish to conduct church tours and keep its bookstore/gift shop open,&rdquo; said His Grace, Bishop David.&nbsp; &ldquo;It provides opportunities to share information about the Orthodox Christian faith and the historic church as well as to accept donations for the church&rsquo;s restoration.&nbsp; The internship program also allows for eligible interns to share their Orthodox faith, explore Juneau and, if desired, pursue additional travel in Alaska.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Summer internships require a 10 to 12 week, full-time commitment from June through August.&nbsp; Interns will give church tours emphasizing the unique history of Saint Nicholas Church and answering questions related to the faith and the church, staffing the church bookstore and gift shop, and performing other duties as assigned, based on the interns&rsquo; talents and the church&rsquo;s needs.&nbsp; Round trip transportation costs will be paid for all interns, who also will receive stipends.&nbsp; Interns may lodge at Wickersham House (no cost) or procure their own housing.&nbsp; All interns are expected to be flexible with the type of work to be done and to work in cooperation with church members and other volunteers.&nbsp; Training will be provided.<br /> <br /> High school graduates 18 years of age or older may apply by completing the <a href="http://oca.org/PDF/NEWS/2014/2014-0507-internship-application.pdf">intern application available</a> and submitting it to the address found at <a href="http://www.stnicholasjuneau.org/contact.html" target="_external">www.stnicholasjuneau.org/contact.html</a>.&nbsp; A current resume and at least one letter of recommendation must accompany the application.&nbsp; All documents should be sent in PDF or WORD format no later than May 23, 2014.&nbsp; Please key in INTERNSHIP on the e-mail subject line.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140509_1.html Ordination of Deacon Michael Trefon http://www.doaoca.org/news_140511_1.html Sun, 11 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2014%20Events/SHS%20Graduation/2014_05DcnMichael_ordin.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Holy Resurrection Cathedral ~ Kodiak, AK<br /><br />Today, His Grace Bishop David ordained Subdeacon Michael Trefon to the Diaconate. Deacon Michael is part of the 2014 graduating class of St. Herman Seminary. In addition to Deacon Michael's ordination, his father, Archpriest Michael Trefon was awarded the jeweled cross.<br /><br />Priest Simeon Askoak was awarded the skufia and nedrebnik and Reader Alexander Larson was tonsured a subdeacon. Nicholas Montiegel was tonsured a Reader and a blessed subdeacon.<br /><br />St. Innocent Academy joined the faithful of Holy Resurrection for beautiful hierarchal Divine Liturgy.<br /><br />More pictures will be posted soon.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140511_1.html Litanies for the Village of Tyonek http://www.doaoca.org/news_140523_2.html Fri, 23 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Parishes/tyonek_stnick.jpg&archive=0&final_h=64&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Petitions for the triple litany in the Service of Thanksgiving:<br /><br />Being mercifully delivered from fire, O Almighty Lord, we, your faithful people, give you thanks that, reaching out your hand of providential care, you stayed the devouring tongues of flame and protected us from destruction; and now preserve us always from the threat of fire, both temporal and eternal, we pray you, All-merciful Lord, hear us and have mercy.<br /><br />O Lord, who rained fire out of heaven for the destruction of evil, we thank you that you have shown mercy on us, overlooking our sins and shielding us from the path of blazing fire, turning aside its scorching lines and preserving us unharmed. Guard us always by your might, keeping us untouched by the visible flames of material fire, and unharmed by the invisible flames of passion, quenching the wrath of both; we pray you, hear us and have mercy.<br /><br /><br />Prayer<br /><br />Lord Jesus Christ our God, the living fire of deity who enlivens and enlightens the faithful, yet who are, to the ungodly, a consuming fire burning the straw and chaff of impiety: in the beginning, you created the solar fire, to give warmth and light for the sustenance of our life. In wisdom and beneficence, you made material fire as a gift and necessary implement for mankind and nature, which alike destroys and consumes, yet also clears and renews, the forests and meadows. We thank you that, disregarding our sins, you have had mercy on us and preserved us safe from fire's unruly excesses, curbing its insatiate appetite and steering its path away from harming us. Grateful for your mercy towards us, we return to you thanks, praise, and glory, entreating that you will always send your Angel to preserve your temple and our homes unharmed by consuming fire. And as you came to send a spiritual fire on the earth, warming chill hearts and enkindling in them the fire of love for you, we pray that you will melt our hard-heartedness in the furnace of your love, extinguishing within us the flames of passion, refining us in the fire of trial yet recasting us anew as vessels of the Spirit, bearing the dew of your grace. For you preserved the holy children in the fiery furnace, and you were the fire that dwelled within the Virgin's womb, yet preserving it unburnt. So we pray you: by her intercessions, and those of St Herman and all the saints, let the fire of your Spirit burn within our hearts, renewing us, and through us, all mankind. This we ask, trusting in you, with your eternal Father, and your all-holy, good and life-creating Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140523_2.html Fort Ross Visit http://www.doaoca.org/news_140609_1.html Mon, 09 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2014%20Events/FtRoss.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>His Grace Bishop David and His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin visited Ft. Ross and were given a tour by Robin from the National Parks Service. Ft. Ross was the southernmost Russian Outpost from 1812-1842 served by the Russian Fur Trade. The chapel (constructed in the mid-1820's) was the first Russian Orthodox structure built outside of Alaska.</p> <p>More information can be found at: http://www.fortross.org/chapel.htm</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140609_1.html In Memoriam The Archpriest Macarius Targonsky http://www.doaoca.org/news_140626_1.html Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/fathermakari.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: left;">Clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Alaska mourn the loss of Archpriest Macarius Targonsky who departed this life on the evening of Wednesday, June 25. Fr. Macarius served as a priest for 59 years making him the longest serving priest in the Diocese of Alaska.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140626_1.html Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Iveron Icon Alaska Visit http://www.doaoca.org/news_140710_1.html Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/hawicon.lg.jpg&archive=0&final_h=89&final_w=76&percent=100"><p>The Orthodox Church in America Diocese of Alaska will have the honor of hosting the miraculous Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Iveron Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.&nbsp; The Holy Icon will make a historic and culturally significant journey to Alaska under the omophor of His Grace David, Bishop of Sitka and Alaska, with the Blessings of His Eminence Kyrill, Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America (ROCOR) to the land where the historic Orthodox Church first began in North America.&nbsp; The Icon is scheduled to be in Alaska from July 18th through July 30th, starting in Anchorage, then visiting the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island areas. </p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140710_1.html Yukon-Kuskokwim Youth Conference http://www.doaoca.org/news_140724_1.html Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 48px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: #ffffff;">This last weekend, the village of Napaskiak hosted the Three Holy Youths First Annual Kuskokwim Youth Conference. It was attended by about 50 middle and high school students from five Yukon-Kuskokwim communities. In addition to praying services like a molieben and akathist, the students enjoyed fun and games, including basketball and a bonfire. During the conference, they learned that participation in the life of the church was much more than standing through church services; each day, they heard talks about spiritual topics, like how to say the Jesus Prayer and the importance of regular Confession and Communion. On a more practical side, they applied what they were learning by getting involved in the community, visiting and helping elders, and setting up small icons throughout the village. The whole village of Napaskiak was blessed<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><span class="aBn" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 48px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1345568762"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">on Sunday</span></span><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 48px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: #ffffff;">morning when the youth choir sung the Divine Liturgy in both English and Yup&rsquo;ik. At the end of the conference, students commented on their enjoyment of the conference and their desire to do it again next year &ndash; both the work<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><em style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 48px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;">and</em><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 48px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: #ffffff;"><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>the play!</span></p> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140724_1.html Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Iveron Icon Alaska Visit http://www.doaoca.org/news_140821_2.html Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2014%20Events/MyrrhStreamingIcon/IMG_2428.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=67&percent=100"><p>During the last two weeks of July the Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Iveron Icon traveled throughout Alaska. Numerous miracles and blessings were bestowed on the faithful. Her travels by land, sea and air were marked by unusually consistent fair weather. In addition to traveling to every parish and monastic community on Kodiak Island, she traveled throughout the greater Anchorage area and the Kenai Peninsula.</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140821_2.html Orthodox Alaska Cruise visits Juneau & Sitka http://www.doaoca.org/news_140918_1.html Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2014%20Events/sitka_cruise/101_3940.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.5714282989502px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: #ffffff;">Last week His Grace Bishop David greeted Orthodox faithful in Sitka who were visiting Alaska on an Orthodox Cruise. His Emminence Archbishop Benjamin, clergy and faithful were in attendance as well.</span></p> <p><a href="http://doaoca.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=35"> View Photo Gallery</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140918_1.html Diocesan Assembly 2014 http://www.doaoca.org/news_140807_1.html Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Parishes/oca-ak-ancsik.jpg&archive=0&final_h=64&final_w=89&percent=100"><p>All forms, reports and schedules are now posted for the Annual Diocesan Assembly for 2014 to be held the weekend of October 17-19.&nbsp; Please be sure to read the introduction and download all the necessary reports and forms before arriving in Anchorage.</p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="http://doaoca.org/2014assembly.html">2014 Diocesan Assembly Webpage</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_140807_1.html Resolution on Proposition 2 http://www.doaoca.org/news_141101_1.html Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>At this year's Diocesan Assembly the following resolution on the pending Proposition to legalize marijuana in Alaska was passed unanimously by the clergy and faithful attending:</p> <p><a href="/files/RESOLUTION_2015.pdf">Diocese of Alaska Resolution on Proposition 2</a></p> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_141101_1.html 35th Anniversary of the Repose of Matushka Olga http://www.doaoca.org/news_141203_2.html Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2014%20Events/Mat-Olga/P1120047.JPG&archive=0&final_h=47&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: left;">Local clergy and faithful gathered with His Grace Bishop David on Nov. 7th to serve a panikhida service at the gravesite of Matushka Olga on the 35th anniversary of her repose.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://doaoca.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=36">View Photo Gallery</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_141203_2.html Progress at the Juneau Rectory http://www.doaoca.org/news_141207_1.html Sat, 06 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2014%20Events/IMG_1794.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>His Grace standing <span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: #ffffff;">with the chief contractor rep from ACC for ROSSIA and NPS, Grant Crosby of NPS, the Rectory contractor and the Engineer for the church improvement project.</span></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_141207_1.html From the Diocesan Archives http://www.doaoca.org/news_141215_3.html Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Archives/journal.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=60&percent=100"><p>Diocesan Archivist Daria Safranova Simeonoff has posted part 1 from the travel journals of Hieromonk Anatolli in the late 1890's which gives a beautiful account of visiting Spruce Island.</p> <p><a href="http://sthermanseminary.org/traveljournalproject.html" target="_blank">Read the article here at the seminary website</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_141215_3.html Sunday of Orthodoxy, 2015 http://www.doaoca.org/news_150303_2.html Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2015-Events/Orthodoxy-Sunday/sunday-orthodox-cathedral1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><a href="http://doaoca.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=39">View the Photo Gallery</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_150303_2.html Kodiak’s Holy Resurrection Cathedral vandalized http://www.doaoca.org/news_150612_1.html Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2015-Events/Vandalism-at-Holy-Resurrection-Cathedral/IMG_2974.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=67&percent=100"><p>KODIAK, AK [OCA] Kodiak At 8:19 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Archpriest Innocent Dresdow was startled to receive a call from Kodiak Police Dispatch. Asked to meet police officers at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, he was told not to go into or near the church, as it was &ldquo;an active crime scene.&rdquo; &ldquo;I arrived on scene at 8:25 p.m. and met up with responding officers across the street from the cathedral,&rdquo; Father Innocent said in the initial report he sent to His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka. &ldquo;The lead officer related to me that the cathedral had been broken into and that a suspect had been apprehended in the church yard. He called the damage to the interior of the church &lsquo;severe.&rsquo;&rdquo; Kodiak Father Innocent did not recognize the suspect&rsquo;s name, but he was told that he &ldquo;was fairly new to town.&rdquo; &ldquo;Once detectives allowed me to enter the cathedral, I was able to view the damage first-hand and answer any contextual questions,&rdquo; Father Innocent continued. &ldquo;There was broken glass everywhere. Curiously, a cruise ship had been in Kodiak earlier on Wednesday and hundreds of tourists had visited the cathedral. At the candle stand was a money plate with cash donations, but it was untouched. It appears that the suspect targeted only the most sacred things&mdash;the windows were the only &lsquo;non-holy&rsquo; items damaged.&rdquo; Kodiak While the relics of Saint Herman of Alaska, which are enshrined in the cathedral, were not disturbed, Father Innocent noted that seeing the reliquary brought him &ldquo;to tears.&rdquo; Saint Herman&rsquo;s skufia and wrought iron cross and chains were in disarray and displayed no visible damage; his monastic cross clearly had been vandalized. &ldquo;Prayer requests that pilgrims had left at the reliquary were scattered on the floor, but there was no visible damage to the carved reliquary,&rdquo; Father Innocent added. &ldquo;Fortunately, the locks on the interior coffin were undisturbed.&rdquo; The greatest damage occurred in the cathedral&rsquo;s altar. Kodiak &ldquo;While the Table of Oblation remained untouched, there was a great deal of damage to the Holy Altar Table and High Place,&rdquo; said Father Innocent. &ldquo;The Gospel Book sustained substantial damage and was open, while the primary antimension was found on the floor, wrinkled but otherwise undisturbed. The Holy Chrism bottle was broken, but the altar crosses&mdash;gifts from His Eminence, Archbishop Justinian&mdash;had been bent. Since the Reserved Mysteries had been strewn on the floor&mdash;apparently the tabernacle and its plexiglas dust cover had hit the floor when the altar cover was ripped away&mdash;I meticulously cleaned the floor of every particle I could locate and placed them in a chalice with a little wine and warm water, knowing that there was certainly some glass and other contaminates, and consumed them.&rdquo; Kodiak Other items&mdash;additional antimensia, liturgical fans, icons, censers, vestments, etc.&mdash;were strewn about but did not sustain permanent damage. A bloodied garden shovel, apparently used in the initial break-in, was found at the front door and taken by detectives as evidence. &ldquo;By midnight all the windows were boarded up and as much glass as possible had been picked up, swept and vacuumed by not only cathedral faithful, but also others from the community at large,&rdquo; said Father Innocent.&rdquo; &ldquo;Fortunately, nothing was lost, but there is much that is damaged,&rdquo; said Bishop David. &ldquo;I ask your prayers for Father Innocent and the cathedral family, the investigators and the perpetrator.&rdquo;</p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_150612_1.html 45th Annual St. Herman Pilgrimage Schedule Posted http://www.doaoca.org/news_150728_1.html Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/EarthView-PILGRIMAGE.jpg&archive=0&final_h=69&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Saint Herman of Alaska pilgrimage in Kodiak. The pilgrimage is hosted annually by Holy Resurrection Cathedral and includes a trip to Spruce Island. The schedule of this years events and services can be found here:</p> <p><a href="/files/pdf/2015-Pilgrimage-Schedule.pdf">2015 St. Herman Pilgrimage Schedule</a></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_150728_1.html Rasmuson Foundation Boosts Alaskan Bell Project http://www.doaoca.org/news_150906_1.html Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.doaoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2015-Events/King-Cove.jpg&archive=0&final_h=65&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: left;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT"><strong>$24,422 Grant for King Cove Bell Tower Construction</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">King Cove, Alaska August 27, 2015: Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska&rsquo;s foremost charitable family</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">foundation, has awarded a grant of $24,422 in support of the construction of the Elders&rsquo; Bell Tower to</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">St. Herman Church in King Cove, a remote fishing community of about 950 year-round residents located</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">near the southern tip of the Alaska Peninsula.</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">The Elders&rsquo; Bell Tower will be a freestanding tower approximately 30 feet high designed to</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">house King Cove&rsquo;s seven historic bronze church bells, cast in San Francisco in the 1880s. Originally the</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">bells were housed in Holy Resurrection Church in Belkofski, Alaska&mdash;a once-thriving Aleut village having</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">a richly adorned Orthodox church. Gradually the residents of Belkofski moved to nearby villages which</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">offered them new economic opportunities. The church&rsquo;s rich inventory&mdash;including a beautiful</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">iconostasis containing numerous icons from Russia&mdash;was transferred to King Cove, twelve miles away by</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">boat, where a new Orthodox church was built in the 1980s.</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">Due to the often punishing weather of the lower Alaska Peninsula, where wind gusts of 70 mph</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">and more are not uncommon, it is especially vital for the bell tower&rsquo;s design to be precisely engineered.</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">The largest bell has a diameter of 35.5 inches and weighs an estimated 850 pounds. A steel frame and</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">deep, secure foundation are two elements of the future tower now being considered by planners.</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">The project relies on the participation of volunteers to provide the labor. A team of four men</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">from the Sacramento area of California is planning to return to King Cove to oversee the tower</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">construction in 2016. These generous volunteers are no strangers to King Cove&mdash;they came in the</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">summer of 2012 and stabilized the church which was in great need of emergency repairs. The volunteers</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">are of Russian heritage and find inspiration in travelling to Alaska to restore a church with history dating</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">back to the Russian period in Alaska&rsquo;s history.</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">Through the building of the bell tower, the local church hopes to promote the importance of</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">historic and cultural preservation in a part of rural Alaska in which many visible signs of Russian</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">influence have disappeared. For many, especially the elders of the community who grew up in Belkofski,</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">the Orthodox Church is a tangible connection to both their cultural and religious heritage. For the</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">younger generations, the church offers a glimpse into the rich history of both their region and faith. By</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">dedicating the bell tower to the community&rsquo;s elders, the church seeks to honor and thank them.</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">&ldquo;The bell tower is a way of bringing people together and celebrating our community&rsquo;s heritage,&rdquo;</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">says Father Andrei Tepper, rector of St. Herman Church. &ldquo;We are a people of faith and restoring the</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">bells shows that we are serious about preserving the historical items that have been passed on to us.</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">We want to be good stewards and this is an important step towards protecting and preserving our</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">heritage, our inheritance, our faith.&rdquo;</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">&ldquo;We are so grateful for all the generous donations we have received from individuals, parishes,</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">and organizations throughout Alaska and the Lower 48 in support of our restoration.&rdquo;</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">Rasmuson Foundation&rsquo;s financial contribution challenges the community to step up and raise a</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">matching amount before the end of the grant period towards the church&rsquo;s final fundraising goal. The</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">parish expects that the bell tower construction will be the first phase of an overall rehabilitation project</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">for the King Cove church. Further funds are needed to continue the reconstruction over the coming</span><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">years. </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">Donations are tax-deductible and may be sent to:</span></p> <p style="text-align: left; line-height: 50%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="CAPTION_TEXT PARAGRAPH_TITLE"><strong>St. Herman Church </strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: left; line-height: 50%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="CAPTION_TEXT PARAGRAPH_TITLE"><strong>P.O. Box 169</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: left; line-height: 50%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="CAPTION_TEXT PARAGRAPH_TITLE"><strong>King Cove, AK&nbsp;</strong><strong>99612</strong></span></p></div> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_150906_1.html 2015 Diocesan Assembly http://www.doaoca.org/news_151003_1.html Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="text-align: left;">The 2015 Diocesan Assembly will convene November 6-8, 2015 at St. Innocent Cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska.&nbsp;A schedule of events is included with the main registration form document. Please note, there is a seperate form for Diocesan Council Members and Retired clergy.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TITLE" style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>REGISTRATION FORMS</strong></span></p> <p><a href="/files/pdf/DA2015Registration.pdf" target="_blank">2015 Registration and Event Schedule</a></p> <p><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT"><a href="/files/pdf/DA2015Registration_DC_RETIRED.pdf" target="_blank">2015 Diocesan Council &amp; Retired Clergy Registration</a></span></p> <p><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT"><a href="/files/pdf/DA2015Minutes2014.pdf" target="_blank">2014 Diocesan Assembly Meeting Minutes</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TITLE"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">CHANCELLOR REPORT</span></strong></span></p> <ul> <li><a href="/files/pdf/ChancellorReport2015.pdf" target="_blank">Chancellor's Report</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: left;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TITLE"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">DEANERY REPORTS</span></strong></span></p> <ul> <li><a href="/files/pdf/DA2015Anchorage.pdf" target="_blank">Anchorage</a></li> <li><a href="/files/pdf/BethelDR2015.pdf" target="_blank">Bethel</a></li> <li><a href="/files/pdf/2015-Kodiak-Island-Deanery-Report.pdf" target="_blank">Kodiak</a></li> <li><a href="/files/pdf/DA2015Nushagak.pdf" target="_blank">Nushagak</a></li> <li><a href="/files/pdf/DA2015Sitka.pdf" target="_blank">Sitka</a></li> <li><a href="/files/pdf/AlaskanDR2015.pdf" target="_blank">Alaskan Peninsula</a></li> <li><a href="/files/pdf/AluetianDR2015.pdf" target="_blank">Aleutian</a></li> <li><a href="/files/pdf/KenaiPrinceDR2015.pdf" target="_blank">Kenai Prince William</a></li> <li><a href="/files/pdf/YukonDR2015.pdf" target="_blank">Yukon</a></li> <li><a href="/files/pdf/DA2015-Illiamna.pdf" target="_blank">Illiamna</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: left;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TITLE" style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>OTHER REPORTS</strong></span></p> <ul> <li><a href="/files/pdf/SHSreport2015.pdf" target="_blank">St. Herman Seminary</a></li> <li><a href="/files/pdf/MetropolitanCouncilReport2015.pdf" target="_blank">Metropolitan Council</a></li> <li><a href="/files/pdf/Protecting-Veil-2015-Report.pdf" target="_blank">Protecting Veil</a></li> <li><a href="/files/pdf/Outreach-Alaska-Report-2015.pdf" target="_blank">Outreach Alaska</a></li> </ul> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_151003_1.html Superior Court finds 'most serious' aggravating factors in Church vandalism trial http://www.doaoca.org/news_151030_1.html Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p><strong>PRESS RELEASE</strong></p> <p><strong>Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral</strong></p> <p><strong>Contact: Father Innocent Dresdow, 907-942-4163</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>'No injustice not countered with truth': Superior Court finds 'most serious' aggravating factors in Church vandalism trial</strong></p> <p>October 30, 2015, Kodiak, Alaska--In a dramatic affirmation of the core beliefs of the Orthodox Christian community, Superior Court Judge Frank A. Pfiffner ruled yesterday that defendant Arkimedes Garcia acted with "gross religious disrespect" when he vandalized Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral in June. Garcia pled guilty to a single consolidated charge of criminal mischief in the third degree, a Class C felony, on October 20. In yesterday's non-jury trial ruling Judge Pfiffner agreed with the State of Alaska's argument that a "most serious" aggravating factor be applied.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Garcia was arrested on June 10 at the cathedral. The doors and windows on the church had been damaged or broken, and many items in the church, many of which are considered by the Orthodox to be holy, were disturbed, broken and/or desecrated. Garcia was found exiting the church shirtless, shoeless and bloodied. His blood was later found strewn around the church, including inside the altar.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Garcia's guilty plea was one reason given for the Judge's decision yesterday. The plea substantiated the State's argument that Garcia understood what he was doing when he used a shovel to smash into the church, pulled items off the altar and threw objects into windows. Defense arguments that Garcia's behavior had been out of character, that he had been suffering from a head injury, were found to be unsubstantiated.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Two other factors contributed to the Judge's decision: the amount of the damage and the brief amount of time it took Garcia to inflict this damage.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Using evidence provided by Kodiak Police Department, Fr. Innocent Dresdow, rector of the cathedral, and church insurance documents, the judge ruled that Garcia inflicted $109,485 damage to the physical assets of the church in a span of only ten minutes. These assets included the windows, doors, altar cloths, ornamental fans, flooring, furniture, censors, a decorative Gospel cover, a censor, a tabernacle, two crosses gifted to the church from the Patriarch of Moscow, a glass vial and a hand cross carried to the Kodiak by St. Herman in 1794.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; St. Herman is the founder of the church in Kodiak. His cross, which he carried to Kodiak from Russia, normally sets on the reliquary inside the cathedral has been used by priests since St. Herman's time to bless the faithful. That simple wooden cross is encased in a light metal <em>riza</em> which bears an icon of Christ. The <em>riza</em> protecting this cross, "has been peeled back like the top of a sardine can," the Judge said. "It can never be fixed."</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The tabernacle and the glass vial contained, respectively, the church's "reserve sacrament" and its "Holy Chrism." These items were among those which could not be quantified monetarily but which factored heavily in the Judge's decision, because of the tremendous religious value these hold for the faithful. In his comments, the Judge referred repeatedly to Fr. Innocent's testimony over the previous two days, in which the role of the reserve sacrament was discussed and the sacred nature of the Chrism defined.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Judge rejected defense claims that the monetary damage was only about $65,000 and that the fact that it could have been greater were factors mitigating a "most serious offense" ruling.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The totality of the vandalism, Judge Pfiffner said, weighed heavily in his decision. Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral is the oldest Russian Orthodox Church in North America, he pointed out, and pilgrims from all over the world travel here to remember Saint Herman and venerate his cross. It's "overwhelming," the Judge said, "especially the desecration of the reserve sacraments and also the damage to St. Herman's cross and the Holy Chrism."</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Right Reverend David, Bishop of Sitka and Alaska, attended two of the three days of testimony. "The decision of Judge Pfiffner represents a true model of justice in every sense of the word," Bishop David said.&nbsp; "I saw him use his judicial authority to allow both sides to present all the evidence they sought to have admitted, to weigh it carefully and always inform the presenter that it would be given the weight it deserved in deciding the case.&nbsp; His verdict shows his skill of being on the bench for many years and applying the law in a balanced and knowledgeable manner.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "We could ask for no better verdict than one that weighs all the evidence and reaches a conclusion based on the law and validates our belief in the system.&nbsp; Today, that is exactly what happened and we should all give thanks to God for granting the wisdom and jurisprudence to Judge Pfiffner to decide this case as he did, with a careful interpretation of the law that leaves no question unanswered and no injustice not countered with truth."</p> <p>##</p> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_151030_1.html Fire Suppression for Kenai’s Holy Assumption Church http://www.doaoca.org/news_160328_1.html Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="text-align: justify;">Many of you have seen the incredible preservation work that has gone into the Holy Assumption Church and National Historic Landmark in Kenai. Among the final work for this church is a state-of-the-art system to protect it from devastation by fire. The City of Kenai has generously appropriated a $20,000 challenge grant to help complete a fire suppression system for the Holy Assumption Church. This grant will match all donations up to $20,000 to help us reach our goal.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With the help of the Rasmuson Foundation, we are two-thirds complete with the installation of a Hi-Fog Mist system, the gold standard of fire suppression for cultural properties. We need your help to complete this project&rsquo;s goal of raising $60,000 by May 1, 2016. Together we can protect the Holy Assumption and its historical artifacts which are part of our Alaskan culture.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">We have come too far to lose Kenai&rsquo;s National Historic Landmark to fire. In the recent past summers, we have seen the damage of fire on the Kenai Peninsula. The City of Kenai will match your donation dollar for dollar, thus doubling your gift.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Please make a donation today by using PayPal at the ROSSIA website <a href="http://www.rossialaska.org/support" target="_blank">www.rossialaska.org/support</a> or by mailing a check to ROSSIA, P.O. Box 212315, Anchorage, AK 99521-2315. Blessings and many thanks for your support.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">ROSSIA Board of Directors</p> Diocese of Sitka & Alaska http://www.doaoca.org/news_160328_1.html