Alaskan Art Exhibit

January 22 - May 14

RUSSIAN AMERICA
THE ALASKAN NATIVE SPIRITUAL LEGACY

Russian America Poster



Celebrating the various Native American peoples of Alaska, their culture and the spiritual legacy of the Orthodox Church!

As we honor the 45th anniversary of the canonization of St. Herman of Alaska, the north star of Christ’s Holy Church, we are pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition, “Russian America-The Alaskan Native Spiritual Legacy”.  Organized by Fr. Richard Cannuli, OSA, Villanova University Art Gallery and Fr. John J. Perich, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of the Orthodox Church in America and St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary Icon Repository.  The discerning exhibition celebrates the various native American peoples of Alaska, their culture and the spiritual legacy of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Our Lady Sitka
Image of Alaskan Art-Bear with Fish
Alaskan Orthodox Art
Alaskan Bird Art Sculpture

EVENTS

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May 3rd @7PM

The Cinema-Connelly Center

The Alaskan Church Today

V. Rev. Nicholas Molodyko-Harris

The Archpriest Nicholas Molodyko-Harris is an Orthodox priest, having served the Church in Alaska for over thirty-two years. He is the former Chancellor of the Diocese of Alaska, former Dean of the South Central Deanery in Alaska, and Founding Pastor of St. Innocent Bicentennial Orthodox Cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he attended Christ the Savior Orthodox Seminary in Johnstown, PA and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, PA, where he graduated in 1961. Fr. Nicholas was ordained to the Holy Priesthood and in 1961 and has been a priest for fifty-five years. He has been married to Matushka Anastasia for fifty-five years, has six children and their spouses, and ten grandchildren. During Father Nicholas’s ministry in Alaska he serviced over twenty parishes, covering some 500+ miles of territory, all while still being a full time pastor to St. Innocent Cathedral in Anchorage. He baptized over 2,000 Orthodox Christians during his ministry. After his service in Alaska, he retired to Merritt Island, Florida in 1999, and currently serves a mission parish in Palm Coast, Florida. He is in the process of writing a book about his life experiences in Alaska.

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April 5th @7PM

The Cinema-Connelly Center

Russian America: The Alaskan Native Spiritual Legacy

V. Rev. Michael Oleksa

The Reverend Dr. Michael James Oleksa has spent the last 35 years in Alaska, serving as village priest, university professor, consultant on intercultural relations and communications, and authoring several books on Alaska Native cultures and history. A 1969 graduate of Georgetown University and of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Father Oleksa earned his doctoral degree in Presov, Slovakia, in 1988. His four-part PBS television series, Communicating Across Cultures, has been widely acclaimed. The recipient of numerous awards from local, state and federal agencies, as well as the Alaska Federation of Natives, Father Michael has taught on all three main campuses of the University of Alaska system and at Alaska Pacific University as well. He currently resides in Anchorage with his Yup’ik wife, Xenia, his daughter Anastasia and one of his three grandsons.

If you missed the event on April 5th, click here to see a recap: https://youtu.be/hlVUP9JB_DI

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March 20th @4PM

Villanova Room-Connelly Center

 

The Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Sitka

V. Rev. John Kowalczyk

Archpriest John Kowalczyk, Director of Field Education and Senior Lecturer in Ethics, graduated from St. Tikhon's Seminary, Marywood University (M.S. in Religious Education), and the Moscow Theological Academy (Candidate of Science in Theology).  He also received counselling certification and privileges for group psychotherapy from Farview Hospital.

Fr. John is the Rector of St. Michael's Church in Jermyn, Pa., the Chancellor of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania and a Chaplain at S.C.I. Waymart's Forensic Treatment Centre.  He has taught at St. Tikhon's since 1986 and is the Director of Field Education.  Fr. John is a member of the Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) and is the theological consultant for Orthodox Christians for Life (OCL) and organizes the Orthodox Christian participation in the Annual March for Life in Washington D.C.

He was the Editor of Your Diocese Alive in Christ (1987-2005) and has published two books: An Orthodox View of Abortion (Minneapolis) and Church Fathers and Abortion (Warsaw), as well as "Interview with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church" and "Canonization of Fr. Alexis Toth by the Orthodox Church in America" for St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly, and "The Millennium Pilgrimage" in the Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate.

If you missed this event on March 20th, click here to see a recap: https://youtu.be/VcmW4WxFgOs

ARCHPRIEST JOHN KOWALCZYK, Director of Field Education and Senior Lecturer in Ethics, graduated from St. Tikhon's Seminary, Marywood University (M.S. in Religious Education), and the Moscow Theological Academy (Candidate of Science in Theology). He also received counselling certification and privileges for group psychotherapy from Farview Hospital. 

 

Fr. John is the Rector of St. Michael's Church in Jermyn, Pa., the Chancellor of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania and a Chaplain at S.C.I. Waymart's Forensic Treatment Centre. He has taught at St. Tikhon's since 1986 and is the Director of Field Education. Fr. John is a member of the Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) and is the theological consultant for Orthodox Christians for Life (OCL) and organizes the Orthodox Christian participation in the Annual March for Life in Washington D.C.

 

He was the Editor of Your Diocese Alive in Christ (1987- 2005) and has published two books: An Orthodox View of Abortion (Minneapolis) and Church Fathers and Abortion (Warsaw), as well as "Interview with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church" and "Canonization of Fr. Alexis Toth by the Orthodox Church in America" for St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly, and "The Millennium Pilgrimage" in The Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate.