Metropolitan Innokentii, Preacher of the Gospel in the Aleutian Islands


This hagiographical text tells the life story of Father Ioann Veniaminov (1797–1879) one of the greatest of the Russian Orthodox missionaries to Alaska. In the early 1820s, Veniaminov volunteered to go to Alaska and settled with his wife and family in Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands. He built a church and school and began his lifelong task of studying the native languages, customs, and way of life of the native peoples of Alaska. He created written versions of several of the languages using the Cyrillic alphabet. In 1840, following the death of his wife, Veniaminov took the monastic name Innokentii and was made bishop of the newly created diocese of Kamchatka and the Kuril and Aleutian Islands. He later served as Metropolitan of Moscow, the second-highest position in the Russian Orthodox Church. He was canonized by the church in 1977. The text was published in Tobol’sk in 1899 and was digitized at the National Library of Russia in the early 2000s for the Meeting of Frontiers digital library project.

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Митрополит Иннокентий, проповедник Евангелия на Алеутских островах

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8 pages ; 17 х 11 centimeters

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