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When Good News Catches On

Join us as Miho Ealy tells us the story of the missionary saint, Nicholas of Japan…and Father Michael Oleksa tells us the stories of Alaskan missionary saints who helped to grow the Orthodox Christian faith amidst remarkable circumstances. On Saturday, from 3-4 PM you will have a chance for Q&A with both speakers. (Lunch is provided and daycare for potty-trained children by a licensed day care provider, ONLY IF YOU RSVP  to

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Miho Ochiai Ealy
Miho was born and raised in Hakodate, Japan in an Orthodox Christian family. Her family in Japan is the very fruit of the ministry of St Nicholas of Japan. In 2008, she graduated from Doshisha University, Kyoto with a Masters of Theology. In 2009, she studied at the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, in Berkeley, California, under the guidance of His Eminence, Metropolitan Nikitas. In 2011, Miho graduated from Loyola University, Chicago with an MA in Pastoral Studies. Miho works as a hospital chaplain. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, Dn. Gregory Ealy and her two daughters, Nino and Mila. 

On Saturday, October 20, from 10 AM till noon, Miho will offer us inspiration from the life of St Nicholas of Japan.


Fr. Michael Oleksa
In 1970, at the end of his first year in seminary, at the invitation of an Alutiiq village on Kodiak Island, Father Michael came to Alaska. Over the next five decades he has served as a Russian Orthodox priest in over a dozen Native Alaskan villages. In 1988 he completed his doctoral degree with an emphasis in Native Alaskan History. He is a noted author, college professor, is recognized as an "Elder" by Alaskan Natives, and is widely known an engaging storyteller.

On Saturday, October 20, from 1-3 PM, Father Michael will offer us inspiration from the adventurous lives of the various missionary saints to Alaska.

Fr Michael will also offer the homily at Divine Liturgy, on Sunday, October 21st 9:30-11:30 AM.

Earlier Event: October 18
Divine Liturgy - Luke the Evangelist
Later Event: October 21
Orthros & Divine Liturgy