On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at the invitation of Dr. David Ford, as part of his course on America and Orthodoxy, Mr. Alex Liberovsky, the Archivist of the OCA, gave a two-hour slide presentation in the Metropolitan Museum at St. Tikhon's Monastery and Seminary.
The presentation covered the entire panorama of the history of Russian Orthodoxy in North America, from the beginnings with the monk-missionaries coming from Valaam to Alaska in 1794; through the period of the Russian Administration under St. Tikhon, St. Raphael of Brooklyn, and others; the era of the Metropolia, from 1924 to 1970, under the leadership of the saintly Metropolitan Leonty and others; the granting of the autocephaly to the new OCA from the Patriarchate of Moscow in 1970; and up to the present, with the new possibilities for Orthodox unity opening up with the establishment of the Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America.
It was a moving, dramatic presentation, well-appreciated by all who attended. We warmly thank Alex for all his hard work in preparing this presentation, and we look forward to his coming back to St. Tikhon's next Spring to share it with another group of Seminarians.
(Article Written By Dr. David Ford)