Kadom, Russia, September 13, 2021
In honor of the 270th anniversary of his birth, the year 2021 has been declared the year of St. Herman of Alaska in the Ryazan Province of Russia, where his hometown of Kadom is located.
To mark the anniversary, a monument to the great missionary was unveiled and blessed in Kadom last week.
The monument was opened by the Deputy Chairman of the Provincial Government, Roman Petryaev, and the head of the Kadom District administration Alexander Kochetkov, and it was blessed by His Eminence Metropolitan Mark of Ryazan and Sasovo, reports ryazpressa.ru.
A whole series of events dedicated to St. Herman is being held in the Ryazan Province this year, and the opening of the monument is the crowning moment of an academic and practical conference being held in his honor.
Despite the difficult times he lived in, St. Herman showed the world the power of true Christian love, said Met. Mark. Others noted the deep mark he left on the history of Russian America.
A conference in honor of the 265th anniversary of St. Herman’s birth was also held in Kadom in 2016, not long after new archival research established the town of Kadom as his hometown.