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18705Japan, US to take part in Russian expedition to places associated w/St. Innocent

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    Nov 6 10:34 AM
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      Japan and the United States will take part in an expedition to places associated with the name of St. Innocent
      The Irkutsk Region has developed the project "The Way of St. Innocent," which provides for the organization of cultural and educational four-year expedition.
      IRKUTSK. The Irkutsk Region has developed the project "The Way of St. Innocent," which provides for the organization of cultural and educational four expeditions to places associated with the name of a prominent religious and social activist of the XIX century. 
      "Participation in this project, supported by the Russian Geographical Society, has been confirmed by the eight subjects of the Russian Federation, as well as Japan, Alaska, California and Hawaii. The schedule of the expedition has been approved," - said in a Wednesday, the press service of the regional government , citing the deputy governor, Larissa Zabrodskaya. 

      For example, in 2014 the event will take place in the Trans-Baikal region, Yakutia, Amur Region, in 2015 - in the Khabarovsk and Kamchatka territories, Chukotka Autonomous area, in 2016 - in Sakhalin, Japan, in 2017 - in Alaska, California, Hawaii and the Irkutsk region. 

       In addition, in 2017, celebrations dedicated to the 220th anniversary of the Apostle of America and Siberia, St. Innocent, will be held in Moscow -- particularly, a prayer service in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. 

      In the bishop's birthplace, in the village of Anga (Kachug District of Irkutsk Region) in 2015, the project is expected to open a spiritual and educational center, to restore the parental home of St. Innocent. A house-museum aleady function there, a church is under construction. 
      The project is included in the federal target program "Strengthening the unity of the Russian nation and the ethnic and cultural development of the people's of Russia." 90% of the funds needed for the project will be allocated from the federal budget, 10% - from the coffers of the Irkutsk region. 

      Bishop Innocent (Veniaminov, 1797-1879), Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomna, Apostle of Siberia and America has gone from a rural parish priest in the diocese of Irkutsk to the cathedra of Moscow's bishops. For 45 years he enlightened those in the Kamchatka Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands, in North America, Yakutia and the Far East. 
      He compiled the first dictionary and grammar of the Aleut language.  His works on geography, ethnography and linguistics received world-wide fame.