According to acting director of the Department for Inte-rethnic and Inter-denominational Relations and Work with the Public Associations of the Sakhalin region Vitaly Zagorodny, in the neare future two islands of the Kuril chain in Russia’s Sakhalin region will be named in honor of two holy hierarchs, reports the Prikhody (“Parishes”) website with reference to the Oblastnaya Gazeta (“Regional Newspaper”) of Irkutsk.
“St. Innocent (Veniaminov) first stepped on our land in August 1861, when his ‘Gaidamak’ clipper on which he was sailing from Nikolayevsk to Kamchatka was cast ashore,” V. Zagorodny related.
“Several years ago we began to run an annual Orthodox youth camp on this site which gathers more than a thousand people. In the near future in order to perpetuate the memory of the holy hierarch we will name one unnamed island of the Sakhalin chain after him, and another one will be named after his disciple St. Nicholas of Japan.”
It should be noted that preparations for the celebration of the 220th anniversary of the birth and the 40th anniversary of the canonization of St. Innocent of Irkutsk, the Apostle of Siberia and Alaska, are underway in the Irkutsk region.