The San Francisco Episcopal See Until its Move to New York
Archpriest Nicholas DOMBROVSKY
In 2007 the Western American Diocese marks the 135th anniversary of the move of the episcopal seat from Sitka, in Alaska, to the city of San Francisco. We offer our readers an article written by an Archpriest of Holy Virgin Cathedral, Father Nicholas Dombrovsky, in 1972, on the occassion of the 100th anniversary of this event.
As we commemorate in 1972 the 100th anniversary of the move of the episcopal seat from Sitka, in Alaska, to the city of San Francisco our thoughts and our curiosity draw us to contemplate the events now a century old in order to learn at least some modest information about the first Russian church in our city as well as about the apostolic endeavors of the saintly people that served here as bishops. On the basis of the data taken from the magazine Orthodox American Herald ["Pravoslavnyj Russkij Vestnik"], for 1902, as well as from the collection of articles entitled, Seventy-fifth Jubilee of the Russian Orthodox Parish of San Francisco, California, published in 1943, and from the Jubilee Collection commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church in North America which was published in New York in 1944, I shall attempt to give a short historical sketch concerning both the church building itself which became from 1872 the cathedral seat of the bishop of Aleutians and Alaska, and their graces, the bishops who occupied this episcopal throne from its establishment here until it was moved on September 1, 1905, to the city of New York.
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