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« on: August 08, 2012, 03:07:14 PM »

Metropolitan Christopher's third visit to the USA in last two years (or something like that).

At the invitation of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of Alaska, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Krystof [Christopher] of the Czech Lands and Slovakia began a 13-day pilgrimage to Alaska on July 28, 2012...
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2012, 12:22:14 PM »

The pilgrimage to Alaska sounds exciting!

A Belarusian seminary asked me recently if I thought it would be possible for them to make a similar pilgrimage to Orthodox places in America. Would anyone happen to know who (or what office) I might contact to ask about something like this?
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2012, 12:37:02 PM »

The pilgrimage to Alaska sounds exciting!

A Belarusian seminary asked me recently if I thought it would be possible for them to make a similar pilgrimage to Orthodox places in America. Would anyone happen to know who (or what office) I might contact to ask about something like this?
as someone who has (although not yet to Alaska, unfortunately, but I have the plans), unfortunately no.  Pretty much have to do it yourself.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2012, 01:41:23 PM »

The pilgrimage to Alaska sounds exciting!

A Belarusian seminary asked me recently if I thought it would be possible for them to make a similar pilgrimage to Orthodox places in America. Would anyone happen to know who (or what office) I might contact to ask about something like this?
as someone who has (although not yet to Alaska, unfortunately, but I have the plans), unfortunately no.  Pretty much have to do it yourself.
Thank you, Isa.

Do you think it would be best if they used a tourist company then?

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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2012, 01:56:24 PM »

The pilgrimage to Alaska sounds exciting!

A Belarusian seminary asked me recently if I thought it would be possible for them to make a similar pilgrimage to Orthodox places in America. Would anyone happen to know who (or what office) I might contact to ask about something like this?
as someone who has (although not yet to Alaska, unfortunately, but I have the plans), unfortunately no.  Pretty much have to do it yourself.
Thank you, Isa.

Do you think it would be best if they used a tourist company then?
Depends on how they like the travel, or how well they are in getting their itinerary together. Probably best for Alaska, where things are still a little on the spotty side.

There are other Orthodox sites in the US, btw, such as Fort Ross, which is just a drive up from SF (which also has the Church of St. John Maximovich's shrine, and Holy Trinity Cathedral, the daughter of the Fort Ross chapel and the Mother Church of America).  In Chicago, the Holy Trinity Cathedral OCA was organized by a saint (two in fact), consecrated by a saint, and served by a saint.  There are sites in NYC, unfortunately many which have been built over, but some still remain, e.g. the St. Nicholas Cathedrals (the original one of St. Raphael is nearby the present one: it's now a spanish baptist church).  I did not see the original Holy Trinity Church in New Orleans, due to the neighborhood and my sons were with me and little, but the new Cathedral is lovely in more ways than one.
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2012, 01:58:59 PM »

Depends on how they like the travel, or how well they are in getting their itinerary together. Probably best for Alaska, where things are still a little on the spotty side.

There are other Orthodox sites in the US, btw, such as Fort Ross, which is just a drive up from SF (which also has the Church of St. John Maximovich's shrine, and Holy Trinity Cathedral, the daughter of the Fort Ross chapel and the Mother Church of America).  In Chicago, the Holy Trinity Cathedral OCA was organized by a saint (two in fact), consecrated by a saint, and served by a saint.  There are sites in NYC, unfortunately many which have been built over, but some still remain, e.g. the St. Nicholas Cathedrals (the original one of St. Raphael is nearby the present one: it's now a spanish baptist church).  I did not see the original Holy Trinity Church in New Orleans, due to the neighborhood and my sons were with me and little, but the new Cathedral is lovely in more ways than one.
Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2012, 04:50:10 PM »

maybe u could see if some people from yr church want to join in to help meet and greet them, maybe even join with them on the trip. it could be one person bringing them from the station / airport and then someone else cooking them a welcome dinner for example.
that would be nice.
check out they are legitimate first, and not just trying to get an invitation and then disappear to work on the black market. if u correspond with them first for a few weeks and discuss spiritual things, and pray about it, then u should get an idea of what they are hoping to achieve with their visit.
you could even end up paying a return visit to belorus (not sure of the spelling in english), which i have heard is very pretty.

someone i know had a friend from an african country, and made a few visits, then within 10 years had set up a whole collaborative group which helped to restart the country's medical schools in a post conflict situation.
big things can arise from small friendships...
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2012, 04:58:42 PM »

Not sure about regulations, but you'll need to find some organisation to issue visa invitations. For every person you invite you need 60 euro monthly income that makes impossible for a single man to invite more than several persons.*

*I'm talking about regulations for the EU citizens. To be frankly, I expect American regulations far more strict than that.
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2012, 05:23:29 PM »

Not sure about regulations, but you'll need to find some organisation to issue visa invitations. For every person you invite you need 60 euro monthly income that makes impossible for a single man to invite more than several persons.*

*I'm talking about regulations for the EU citizens. To be frankly, I expect American regulations far more strict than that.

The visa issue is the easy part; any of our jurisdictions or seminaries can issue the needed invite, and the red tape is very easy to overcome since they are students asking for a short term visa. The biggest hoop to making this happen is the money needed to travel within the US. To travel between the cities mentioned can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars per person.
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2012, 06:17:28 PM »

Please, go and see the movie 'Beyond the Hills', it is mind blowing!
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