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St. Herman the Wonderworker of Alaska & First Saint of America

St. Herman the Wonderworker of Alaska & First Saint of America

“Herman of Alaska was a Russian Orthodox monk from Valaam Monastery in Russia who traveled with eight other monks in 1793 to bring the Gospel to the native Aleuts and Eskimos in the Aleutian Islands. As part of the Russian colonization of the Americas, Russians had been exploring and trading there since at least 1740. Thus, he marks the first arrival of Orthodox Christian missionaries in North America. He preached the love of Christ to the Aleutians and drew many to the Church through his charitable life, caring for their orphans, building a school, and frequently defending them from the injustices and exploitation of the Russian traders. He was known to them as Apa which means “Grandfather.” He lived most of his life as the sole resident of Spruce Island, a tiny wooded island near Kodiak Island.” (OrthodoxWiki)

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Valentine’s Day For Kids: Instagram Round-Up

Valentine’s Day For Kids: Instagram Round-Up

With the exception of a few major holidays, my husband and I are not much into celebrating holidays. Valentine’s Day fits into those holidays that we don’t generally celebrate. Usually, we will go out to eat together a few days before or after the day, but gift exchanges are not part of our tradition. With that stated, I’ve been trying to do a better job at employing fun traditions that my children can enjoy and remember as they grow.

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