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Priests seek removal of Russian Orthodox bishop

...removal of their top official in the state, Bishop Nikolai Soraich, claiming he has hurt the church and ruled by intimidation...believe they can no longer serve with or under Bishop Nikolai Soraich," said the Rev. Michael Oleksa, archpriest at...
Image of Grace

...prostration or a deep bow. Many kissed the icon before backing away and making another bow or prostration. Bishop Nikolai (Soraich) of Sitka, Anchorage and Alaska, arrived at 6 p.m. The crowd rose and greeted him with a hymn before launching...
Orthodox church to discuss bishop

...diocese. Top officials visited Kodiak over the weekend to look into allegations that Alaska diocese leader Bishop Nikolai Soraich is abusing his office through intimidation. The Holy Synod of Bishops will meet at the end of April to discuss the...
Orthodox infighting mars season of Lent

...want the bishop to step down while they investigate charges against him. But in an open letter this week, Bishop Nikolai Soraich, head of the diocese, said Alaska priests should continue to recognize him in church services as their rightful...
Russian Orthodox Church places top bishop on leave

...asking the members of the church to pray for its future. That's because the church's top state official, Bishop Nikolai Soraich, has been ordered by national church leaders to take a leave of absence following recent complaints by priests and...
Orthodox Church in Alaska appoints new administrator as bishop is investigated

...Garklavs, chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, was appointed for the diocese after the church ordered Bishop Nikolai Soraich to leave Alaska during the investigation. "(Bishop Nikolai's) name is not to be elevated at any service and...
Orthodox priest will return to service

...Alaska at St. Herman's Seminary in Kodiak. Oleksa was among those who criticized the management style of Bishop Nikolai Soraich. It was a conflict that marred the season of Lent, the holiest time of the year. Soraich has since retired.
Alaska Orthodox church leader takes voluntary leave

ANCHORAGE - Bishop Nikolai Soraich, head of the troubled Alaska diocese, is taking a voluntary leave of absence, effective immediately, according to leaders of...
Orthodox Church reinstates bishop America's Holy Synod of Bishops has withdrawn the mandatory leave of absence for Alaska diocese leader Bishop Nikolai Soraich. The Holy Synod of Bishops said in a statement posted on the church's Web site Thursday that it is aware of the...


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