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Bishop Joasaph Bolotov of Alaska

Russian IOASAF
XVIII Century
Archimandrite Joasaph was the leader of the delegation of Valaam missionary monks (including Sts. Herman and Juvenaly) sent to Alaska in 1793. Appalled by the settlers' treatment of the Aleuts, he reported the abuse to the authorities, but to little avail. He was later consecrated first bishop of Alaska, but on the return trip in 1799 his ship, the Phoenix, was lost at sea. He is considered a saint by many Orthodox.


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