Dear Parish Faithful,
Joyous News - The Orthodox Church in America has issued an official proclamation announcing the glorification of Matushka Olga of Alaska. She is now numbered among the saints whose names are on the ecclesiastical calendar!
Her feast day is November 10, and she is also commemorated on the Second Sunday After Pentecost when the OCA celebrates All the Saints of North America. Please read the Proclamation on our Midwest Diocese website.
- Fr Steven
Scroll down for the following:
- Icons and photos of Matushka Olga
- An Akathist to Matushka Olga, composed by Fr. Lawence Farley
- Metropolitan Tikhon's video announcement
NOTE: This page is under development, and we hope to add to it and expand it over the coming year.
by Archpriest Lawrence R. Farley *
Matushka Olga was the wife of a Yupik priest in an Alaskan village. She was not only mother to her own eight surviving children, but also spiritual mother to those in her parish. Olga served quietly, working as midwife in her village and constantly caring for the needy. She had a special gift in working with those who suffered abuse, especially sexual abuse. After her repose on November 8, 1979, many people experienced her coming to them in dreams, bringing her healing gifts. Matushka Olga’s sanctity reveals the possibilities for genuine theosis and holiness, even for those living in the world.
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* We use Fr Lawrence Farley's new Akathist to St Herman of Alaska in our parish life. He is the pastor of St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church (OCA) in Langley, B.C., Canada, and has several books published by Ancient Faith Publishing.