Youth Department announces summer service pilgrimage to Alaska

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The unique cemetery at Eklutna’s St. Nicholas Church.

The unique cemetery at Eklutna’s St. Nicholas Church.

Source: Orthodox Church in America

SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry will host a youth/young adult service pilgrimage to Alaska June 11-20, 2016.

The trip is open to those ages 18-30, but limited to 10 participants, who will arrive in Anchorage and travel to Eklutna to help renovate the village’s historic cemetery and church under the guidance of Archpriest Mikel Bock. They also will explore native Alaskan culture, history, and the cycle of parish life at Saint Nicholas Church.

Accompanying the participants will be a priest from the “lower-48” who will join Father Mikel in providing theological reflection and spiritual guidance.

“These trips were common during my college years and provided formative experiences for so many in the Church,” said Andrew Boyd, OCA Youth Director.  “It is an immense privilege to be able to serve the historic Church in Alaska, the mother of us all, and a great joy to revive this important program.”

To register your interest and be included on discussions for registration/cost/schedule please email Andrew Boyd at [email protected].

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