St. Germanus of Alaska
English/Ukrainian HERMAN; Russian GERMAN
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
From the Treasury of St. Herman's Spirituality.
--- Fr. Alexander
- A Monk of Valaam:
The Russian Orthodox Religious
Mission in America, 1794-1837, (1894).
Translated by Colin Bearne.
Kingston, Ont.: Limestone, 1978.
Also includes extensive correspondence by or
about St. Herman, and the writings of
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