Calif. bishop brings message of healing to Kodiak

Author: Ralph Gibbs
Date Published: 05/13/2008

Now that Bishop Nikolai Soraich has left Alaska, many Orthodox Alaska Diocese members are wondering how the rift between the bishop’s supporters and detractors will be healed, especially in light of some recent comments by Bishop Nikolai’s aide Archimandrite Isadore.

Early last week, Bishop Benjamin and Archpriest Alexander Garklavs visited Alaska to answer that question. The two Orthodox Church in America clerics traveled to Anchorage to consecrate the new St. Tikon church, and took the opportunity afterwards to travel to Kodiak to meet with clerics and parishioners.

Bishop Benjamin tried to start the healing process once Bishop Nikolai agreed to step down by posting a letter to OCA members on the Alaska Diocese Web site.

“There is pain, hurt and perhaps even fear among you,” he wrote. “I can assure you all, the situation will not stay the same. All of who have taken part in the recent drama needs to forgive each other. There are not, nor can there ever be