His Grace, Bishop Nikolai of Sitka, Anchorage and Alaska, North America’s oldest Orthodox diocese, will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Mission Team Chicago benefit dinner at Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church here February 27, 2003.
Mission Team Chicago works closely with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, a Florida-based pan-Orthodox ministry under the aegis of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas, to increase an awareness of Orthodox Christian missionary work and to raise money to support missions and missionaries.
A number of short-term OCMC missionaries are slated to minister in the Diocese of Alaska in the summer of 2003.
“The Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of Alaska includes nearly 100 communities, many of which trace their origins to the ministry of the first Orthodox missionaries who arrived in Kodiak in 1794,” according to the Very Rev. John Matusiak, OCA Communications Director. “During his two years of ministry in Alaska, Bishop Nikolai has worked tirelessly to strengthen Church life in his geographically immense diocese and has welcomed OCMC short-term mission teams to assist in this process.”