FOUR NEW SAINTS AND THE QUEST FOR ORTHODOX UNITY IN NORTH AMERICA, Part One

I love the examples of these illuminaries of North America.

Voices from Russia

INTRODUCTION

There are several saints with North American connections, many of them Russians connected with Russian Alaska, the first part of the Continent to become Orthodox. Among these, we cannot fail to mention Sts Herman, Juvenaly, Innocent, and Jacob of Alaska, and the native Protomartyr of America, St Peter the Aleut, tortured to death by Jesuits in San Francisco some 200 years ago. There are also other Russian saints, who lived for a time in North America, but then returned to their homeland and were martyred by the anti-Russian Communists. Amongst them were the former Bishop of San Francisco, Patriarch Tikhon, and two priests who served for a time in Chicago and New York, Fr John Kochurov and Fr Alexander Khotovitsky.

However, in the last thirteen years, four saints who all actually reposed in the USA have been canonised. They are St Alexis of Wilkes-Barre (1994), St John of San…

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