Priest-turned-detective finds the lost homestead of a probable saint

Fr. Nicola Yanney of Kearney, Nebraska is probably a saint, although outside of the Antiochian Diocese of Wichita, he’s virtually unknown. For years, his latest successor, Fr. Christopher Morris, has been doing remarkable work to document Fr. Nicola’s life and make his memory better known. (Among other things, check out this wonderful 75-page e-book on Fr. Nicola’s life.) Earlier this year, Fr. Christopher did a fantastic piece of historical detective work, tracking down Fr. Nicola’s original homestead…

Russian Women’s College in Brooklyn, 1915

Last week on the OCA website, OCA chancellor Fr. John Jillions wrote about the Russian Orthodox women’s college that existed in Brooklyn in 1915. Fr. Ingram Nathaniel Irvine, the convert priest (about whom I’ve written a ton over at Orthodox History), was one of the main people involved in the college. CLICK HERE to read Fr. John’s post about it, and CLICK HERE to read a 1915 Brooklyn Daily Eagle article that…

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…

Welcome to Notes on Church History

As some of you may know, I’ve been blogging about Orthodox history for quite a while now, over at OrthodoxHistory.org. That’s the official website of the Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas (“SOCHA”), an organization I helped establish and of which I’m a director. OrthodoxHistory.org isn’t going anywhere, but as our readers may have noticed, our posts there have become a lot less frequent. The main reason for that is…

Bishop Demetrios of Olympus

As I mentioned in my “This Week” post, on September 14, 1951, Fr. Demetrios Makris was consecrated a bishop for the Greek Archdiocese, with the title “Bishop of Olympus” (yes, that Olympus). This was back when the GOA had a single Archdiocese composed of a series of “Archdiocesan Districts,” each overseen by a titular bishop but ultimately answerable to the Greek Archbishop. Later, those Districts became Dioceses (and their leaders diocesan bishops),…