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St. Germanus of Alaska

English/Ukrainian HERMAN; Russian GERMAN
XVIII/XIX Centuries
St. Herman was a monk of Valaam. He was part of the missionary team led by Archimandrite Joasaph which was sent to Kodiak, Alaska, in 1793. He eventually choose to live as an hermit on Spruce Island. He had excellent relations with the Aleuts, and his attempts to stop the Russian-American Fur Company from exploiting them made him a target of persecution by the colonial authorities. He died in relative obscurity in 1836, but the Aleuts kept his memory alive, and he was the first "American" saint to be formally canonised.

Norman Hugh Redington


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