Orthodox Bishop of Alaska installed in Sitka
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David Mahaffey, the new Bishop of Sitka and Alaska at his installation ceremony in Sitka. (KCAW photo/Emily Forman)
On Sunday(2-23-14), the Orthodox Dioceses of Sitka and Alaska installed David Mahaffey as its 16th Bishop. Dressed in golden ceremonial robes, Mahaffey paraded from the Russian Bishop’s house to St. Michael’s Cathedral, alongside other Orthodox bishops and clergy. Over a century has passed since America’s first Orthodox Bishop, St. Innocent, walked the same route for his installation ceremony.
Native elders greet Metroplitan Tikhon on the steps of St. Michael’s Cathedral. (KCAW photo/by Emily Forman)
When the procession reached St. Michael’s Cathedral, Native elder Herman Davis welcomed Metropolitan Tikhon, the head of the Orthodox Church in America, with a traditional offering of bread and salt.
Listen to the audio postcard from the installation ceremony inside St. Michael’s Cathedral in Sitka. You’ll hear part of Mahaffey’s sermon, as well as Fr. Michael Boyle, the dean of St. Michael’s Cathedral, remembering his first impression of the new bishop.
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Dave Miller, Chief of the Sitka Fire Department, was joined by Fire Captain Jani Snyder to discuss their upcoming firefighter training. The department is actively recruiting more volunteer firefighters to be trained and IFSAC certified, which authorizes the volunteer to fight fires in Alaska and throughout the United States. The Firefighter I class begins on September 15, 2015 and will run through December. The training is designed for volunteer firefighters, but can also be a launch pad for career firefighters. Downloadable audio. more
Dr. Brian Wood is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the medical director for a telehealth project called ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes). Dr. Wood was joined by Dr. Irbert Vega, who has participated in ECHO's session for HIV medicine for the past six months. Dr. Vega is a family medicine doctor at Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and talks about how joining ECHO has helped him treat HIV patients in Sitka. Downloadable audio. more