Appeal in the Name of Russian Orthodox Settlers in North America for Help in Building a Church


Aleksandr Hotovitsky (1872–1937) was an influential missionary among the Eastern Rite Catholics, or Uniates, in the northeastern United States. He was born to a priestly family in present-day Ukraine. After his ordination, Hotovitsky was sent as a missionary to North America in 1895. First based in New York City, he established parishes in parts of New York and Pennsylvania, where new immigrants from Galicia (present-day Poland and Ukraine) and the Carpathian Mountains (in present-day Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, and Romania) had settled. Hotovitsky was instrumental in raising funds for the construction of the Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in New York City, which opened in 1902. This letter was part of that fundraising effort. He left the United States for a cathedral in Helsinki in 1914, was recalled to Moscow in 1917, and was arrested several times after the Bolsheviks came to power for his defense of the church and his refusal to hand over church property to the state. He was executed during the Great Purge in 1937. He was glorified (canonized) by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1994. This letter is preserved in the collections of the National Library of Russia in Saint Petersburg. It was digitized for the Meeting of Frontiers digital library project in the early 2000s.

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C.M. Muller, St. Petersburg


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Воззвание от имени русских православных переселенцев в Северной Америке об оказании помощи на построение храма

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3 pages ; 21 x 15 centimeters

Last updated: January 10, 2018