Metropolitan Jonah on Saint Herman after Pilgrimage


Maggie Wall/KMXT

More than 100 people from all over came to Kodiak this week for the annual St. Herman’s Pilgrimage to Spruce Island.

Father Herman was America’s first Russian Orthodox Saint. He lived much of his life on Spruce Island where he ran an orphanage for Native children from around Kodiak.

Father Herman and several other monks arrived in Kodiak in September, 1794 during the Russian Period.

The annual pilgrimage to the site of a small church brings people from all regions of the world. This year included a contingent of Russians, and the Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church in America, who lives in Washington, D.C.

KMXT’s Maggie Wall spoke with Metropolitan Jonah, while onboard the charter boat Sea Breeze on the way back from Spruce Island.

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