First parish dedicated to newly canonized St. Olga of Alaska opens in Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, March 20, 2024

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Last month, a mission parish dedicated to the newly canonized St. Olga of Alaska formally began in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America canonized St. Olga of Alaska (†1979) at its session in November. Thus, the new mission in Canada is presumably the first dedicated in her honor.

Photo: Photo: Learn more about St. Olga in the article, “Matushka Olga Michael: A Helper in Restoring the Work of God’s Hands.”

The St. Olga Mission is the daughter church of St. Herman of Alaska Church in Edmonton, which had a desire to spread the Orthodox Gospel in the south of the city, reports the Orthodox Church in America’s Archdiocese of Canada.

The diocese reports:

The vision was to “build out, not up,” and so under the leadership of Fr. Ryan Bishop, 50 intrepid members from St. Herman’s set out to accomplish this massive undertaking. On the following Sunday, the first Liturgy was attended by over 80 people, comprised of St. Olga’s members and those from St. Herman’s parish who came to send them off and wish them well in the bonds of brotherly love. With this great beginning, may God move mightily in the hearts of St. Olga’s children, and in the community beyond!

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