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Visiting pastor Lauwers gets acquainted with eternal neighbors
Christians are going to live with each other eternally, so they might as well get to know each other on earth, said Kodiak visitor Keith Lauwers. Lauwers, an Anchorage pastor, comes to Kodiak to hunt, attend retreats and visit his friends Alan and Linda Ross, who were students at the Vancouver Bible Institute in the mid-1960s when he taught physical education there. Lauwers officiated at their wedding and the wedd...
Jul 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Classen book theologizes in down-to-earth language
Father Joseph Classen calls his new book, “The Essentials of Catholic Spirituality,” a catechism for those on the run. Classen, St. Mary’s Catholic parish priest, said readers seem to appreciate his “down to earth” style in discussing theology matters. “Essentials” is a follow-up to Classen’s other theological book, “Meat and Potatoes Catholicism.” In his books Classen wants to “focus on the spirituality of our ch...
Jun 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: The longest day of the year
We have now passed another summer solstice. The longest day of the year is behind us and the days begin to draw shorter again, even if it is by mere seconds each day. I remember growing up as a kid and hearing the adults talk about the shortest day of the year in the winter and the longest day of the year in the summer. I always thought that they must have it backwards. The longest day of the year to me at that ti...
Jun 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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A mission visit
Thirteen Hoosiers visited Kodiak on a one-week mission trip that concluded Tuesday. The Indiana visitors stayed at St. Herman Seminary and worked at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral. They went to Spruce Island and saw some of the church’s historic books in the seminary archives. They had a special dinner at the Rev. Innocent Dresdow’s house. Here, seminary archivist Daria Safronova shows the Indiana visitors o...
Jun 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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St. James’ interim leader lives up to namesake’s profession
St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church interim pastor Father Gordon Blue can relate to the namesake of the church. He, too, was a fisherman. In fact, it was Blue’s involvement with fish conservation and marine safety that inspired him to take those concerns to a higher level and apply them to his ministry Since December, Blue has served as St. James’ interim priest, replacing interim pastor Susan Hewitt, who, fo...
Jun 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rostad on Religion: Son of first St. Herman's Seminary graduate attends school
Cyril Williams bears the distinction of being the only Tlingit Indian attending St. Herman’s Seminary. He is not the first. The late Father Michael Williams, the seminary’s first graduate, was Tlingit as well. He also was Cyril’s father. Cyril admits he’s not sure why he’s there. Because of his marital status (currently estranged from his wife) he cannot seek ordination into the priesthood. However, seminary is fo...
May 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Scuttlebutt: Blessing of the fleet scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday
Calling all skippers! Every trawler, tugboat and tarai bune is invited to participate in the annual blessing of the fleet at 1 p.m. Monday. This year, the service will be sung from the deck of Pier 1 (the ferry dock). The event is co-sponsored by the Kodiak harbormaster and Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral. Father Innocent Dresdow, dean of the cathedral, will lead the service. The blessing of the fleet is a tr...
May 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Strength in the community
I love to watch the activities this time of year. The sparrows are gathering and building nests and chattering rapidly at each other. The eagles are doing the same. I had to change my turn-around point on my morning walks with the dogs because one of the mallard hens was building a nest in the dense grass on the bank of the road and my lab kept wanting to flush her out. I wanted to quit disrupting her day before s...
May 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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St. Herman's Seminary graduates two; ceremony is Sunday
St. Herman’s Seminary graduates Father Michael Nicolai and Deacon Andrew Wassillie will be honored at 5 p.m. Sunday during a banquet in the St. Mary’s School gymnasium. Wassillie is from the village of Napaskiak. Nicolai, who was ordained into the priesthood last summer, comes from Kwethluk and will be assigned to serve a parish in the Yukon River village of Marshall. The graduates will receive bachelor of sacred ...
May 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Different days bring new perspectives
I know that I am officially an old man. I hear negative reports in the news on TV, see a couple of examples of the people that they talk about, and accept it as fact, when the only real fact is, I’m wrong. I know the hardships I went through growing up, and I know they only made me stronger. but I have the tendency to look at the generation of young people growing up today and say they are growing soft. They may b...
May 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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