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St. Mardarije of Libertyville

Archmandrite Mardarije Uskoković was Administrator of the Serbian Orthodox Church presence in North America, 1917 − 1922, initially under the omoforion of the Russian Orthodox Church. As of 1922, the Serbian Orthodox Church established a diocese of the U.S.A and Canada, with St. Nikolaj Velimirović as first Bishop. Archimandrite Mardarije resumed his role as administrator […]

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St. Raphael of Brooklyn

Commemorated February 27     Our holy Father Raphael was born in Syria in 1860 to pious Orthodox parents, Michael Hawaweeny and his second wife Mariam, the daughter of a priest of Damascus. The exact date of Raphael’s birth is not known, but he estimated it to be on or near his Name Day, the […]

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St. Peter the Aleut

Commemorated September 24     Saint Peter the Aleut is mentioned in the Life of St Herman of Alaska (December 13). Simeon Yanovsky (who ended his life as the schemamonk Sergius in the St Tikhon of Kaluga Monastery), has left the following account: “On another occasion I was relating to him how the Spanish in […]

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St. Alexander Hotovitzky

Commemorated: December 4   The New Martyr of Russia Alexander Hotovitzky was born on February 11, 1872 in the city of Kremenetz, into the pious family of Archpriest Alexander, who was Rector of the Volhynia Theological Seminary and would later be long remembered in the hearts of the Orthodox inhabitants of Volhynia as a good […]

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St. John Kochurov

Commemorated on October 31   On October 31, 1917, in Tsarskoye Selo, a bright new chapter, full of earthly grief and heavenly joy, was opened in the history of sanctity in the Russian Church: the holiness of the New-Martyrs of the twentieth century. The opening of this chapter is linked to the name of the […]

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St. Juvenaly of Iliamna

Commemorated September 24     Saint Juvenaly, the Protomartyr of America, was born in 1761 in Nerchinsk, Siberia. His secular name was John Feodorovich Hovorukhin, and he was trained as a mining engineer. In a letter to Abbot Nazarius of Valaam (December 13, 1819), St Herman says that St Juvenaly “had been an assistant at […]

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St. Sebastian (Dabovich) of Jackson

Saint Sebastian was just glorified by the Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church during its regular session on May 29th, 2015 – alongside with Bishop Mardarije (Uskokovic). Glory be to God in His saints! Born to Serbian immigrants in San Francisco in 1863, Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich has the distinction of being the first […]

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St. Innocent of Alaska

Commemorated March 31     Saint Innocent (secular name: John Evseyevich Popov-Veniaminov) was born into the family of a church server on August 26, 1797 in the village of Anginskoye, Verkholensk District, Irkutsk province. In his fifth year he was already receiving instruction in reading and writing from his ailing father, who died in August […]

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