Saint Innocent’s Academy (Kodiak AK)

Saint Innocent's Academy
Saint Innocent's Academy

Saint Innocent’s Academy in Kodiak, Alaska, belonged to the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia (BOD) until March 21, 2015. At that time Metropolitan Joseph Bosakov of the BOD severed ties with the school. It is unclear whether or not the facility is still Orthodox, or who the responsible bishop might be if it is.

Earlier in 2015 a website appeared online with statements from former students of the academy alleging that Archpriest Paisius DeLucia, the head of the school, abused students physically, mentally and spiritually. Both the diocese and the Alaska state troopers launched investigations into the allegations.

To participate in the criminal investigation, please call Trooper Robert Casey at 907-486-4121 or email him at robert.casey@alaska.gov.

The diocesan investigation was initially conducted by Bishop Daniil Trendafilov Nikolov. However, after complaints that he was insensitive to survivors, Reader Bede Colvin of the Orthodox Church in America took over.

A spiritual court convened to examine the allegations against DeLucia on Thursday, March 19, 2015, in East Syracuse, New York. Two days later, on March 21st, the spiritual court recommended defrocking and Bosakov followed through on their recommendation. A copy of the decision can be found here.

The academy was begun by DeLucia in 1998.

According to information on the school’s website, it was “an alternative educational program for young men of high school age and older. It encompasses both those considered ‘at-risk’ and stable young men alike. Many of them have need of secure anchoring as an antidote to modern rootlessness and lack of values.”

Originally, the academy was a project of Christ the Saviour Brotherhood. However, in 2000 DeLucia and the rest of the community were received into the BOD by Bosakov.

Saint Innocent’s produces a monthly newsletter called ”The Eagle.” A selection of issues is available on the academy’s website.