VIDEO: Recollections of Saintly Matushka Olga

On March 17, 2024, His Grace, +Bishop Alexei, traveled to Kwethluk, Alaska with members of the Diocesan Chancery to hear the people’s thoughts on the upcoming glorification of Saint Olga of Alaska, Mother to Kwethluk and first glorified handmaiden of the Holy Orthodox Church in the Alaskan lands.

The people shared their recollections of Saint Olga and expressed their joys and concerns to Vladyka Alexei who was preparing to present a report to the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Holy Orthodox Church in America the following month. To present the voices of the people to the venerable hierarchs of the Orthodox Church, His Grace invited Director Anton Khlopotov to film the pilgrimage during his archpastoral visitation.

This first short film on Saint Olga was presented to the Holy Synod during the Spring Session in April 2024 and it seems good to them and to the Holy Spirit that Saint Olga’s holy relics remain on her ancestral lands in her village of Kwethluk.

How You Can Help: The Church in Alaska is asking for your generous donations to build for the glory of God:

1. A Beautiful Temple on the Kuskokwim that will be the earthly home for Saint Olga's holy relics and a beacon of light for the Yukon-Kuskokwim region;

2. A Hospitality Center with rooms for pilgrims who will come from across the world to venerate the Saint and experience the land that sanctified her;

3. A Cultural Center to preserve and foster the Yup'ik faith, way of life, and language. Your support will help us build a sacred space for worship, a hostel for pilgrims, and a cultural center to preserve and celebrate the rich Yup'ik heritage.

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