The year 2020 marks the 50th Anniversaries of the Granting of Autocephaly and the Glorification of Saint Herman of Alaska. As part of the Church-wide celebration of these events, each diocese of the Orthodox Church in America will sponsor a week-long pilgrimage to Alaska during the summer of 2020.
According to His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West, the Diocese of the West will sponsor its pilgrimage July 8-14, 2020. Open to all faithful, the pilgrimage features visits to many major Orthodox Christian sites in Kodiak, Kenai and the Anchorage region, including Kodiak’s Holy Resurrection Cathedral, in which the relics of Saint Herman are enshrined, and Saint Herman’s Seminary; Anchorage’s Saint Innocent Cathedral; and Eklutna’s historic Saint Nicholas Church and its unique cemetery. The pilgrimage also includes an outing to Spruce Island, where Saint Herman lived, prayed, fell asleep in the Lord, and initially buried.
The Pilgrimage cost is $2,295.00 per person based on double occupancy for “early bird registrations” received before June 15, 2019. Thereafter, the cost will be $2,525.00 per person. Single supplements are available. Included in the cost are accommodations for seven days/six nights, round trip air fare to Kodiak from Anchorage, and comprehensive tours and sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary. Transportation to and from Anchorage is not included in the pilgrimage price. Additional optional excursions to Denali National Park, Sitka, and elsewhere are also available.
A detailed itinerary, registration form and related information are available from Culturally Creative Travel.