St. Tikhon at a Greek Church in Chicago

Today in 1901, St. Tikhon, bishop of the Russian Diocese in North America, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Greek church in Chicago. Here’s an account of that visit, from Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky’s article “Archbishop Tikhon in America,” St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, vol. 19, no. 1 (1975): Thus in 1900, during one of his visits to Chicago, Bishop Tikhon was approached by the rector and lay leaders of the local Greek church,…

A Wedding at the Holy Sepulchre in Missouri

110 years ago this week, St. Raphael Hawaweeny officiated at a wedding in St. Louis. The English bride and Arab groom had a rather romantic backstory, and the wedding took place at the imitation Holy Sepulchre in the “Jerusalem” exhibit at the St. Louis World’s Fair. The newspaper article below appeared in the Bellingham Herald (10/1/1904): It was a great event, this marriage of a fair haired English girl and dark-skinned Syrian. In…

This Week in American Orthodox History (Sept. 21-27)

1794: Eight Russian monks, led by Fr. Joasaph Bolotov and Saints Herman and Juvenaly, arrived at Kodiak Island, inaugurating the Russian mission to Alaska. 1841: Bishop Innocent Veniaminov returned to Alaska from Russia, where he had just been consecrated. 1904: Germanos Shehadi was consecrated Metropolitan of Zahle, in the Patriarchate of Antioch. A decade later, Metropolitan Germanos came to America on a fundraising trip. While he was here, Bishop Raphael Hawaweeny, head…

This Week in American Orthodox History (Sept. 14-20)

September 18, 1905: On the very same day, two big events took place: St. Tikhon Bellavin, the Russian Archbishop of North America, elevated Fr. Sebastian Dabovich to the rank of archimandrite. Dabovich was the leader of the Serbian Orthodox in America, and Tikhon planned to make him a bishop, although that never happened. Tikhon gave one of his own miters (crowns) to Dabovich, and years later, Dabovich auctioned off the miter to…

This Week in American Orthodox History (Sept. 7-13)

September 11, 1893: The World’s Parliament of Religions opened in Chicago. I’ve written quite a bit about the Parliament in past articles at OrthodoxHistory.org, and you can read all of them by clicking here. The super-short version: In conjunction with the Chicago World’s Fair, representatives from every major world religion convened in Chicago for the mother of all ecumenical gatherings. Among the most impressive figures at the event was a Greek Orthodox…