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Nestor (Zakkis) of the Aleutians

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Bp. Nestor was born Baron Nikolai Pavlovich Zakkis on [[December 20]], 1825, in Arkangelsk, Russia. The family was a member of the Russian gentry. His education was secular, beginning when he entered the naval program at the Alexandrovsk Cadet School on [[May 20]], 1832. On [[January 31]], 1836, he transferred to the naval cadet school. As his naval career advanced he was in turn promoted in 1842 to the rank of reefer and then to midshipman, and then on to lieutenant in 1849. Due to illness, however, he was discharged from the navy in late 1850.
After a few years he entered a [[monastic]] life when he joined as a novice the Dormition Monastery in Bakhchisaray in the Crimea on [[November 20]], 1853 . He was tonsured a [[monk]] in 1854 and given the name '''Nestor'''. On [[June 22]], 1854, he was ordained a [[deacon]] and then to the [[priest]]hood on [[July 3]], 1855. In 1857 he was assigned to serve as a naval [[chaplain ]] on Russian ships. Through this service he traveled through the Mediterranean and to the shores of North America, including staying a year in American waters during the American Civil War.
Leaving naval service he was assigned as pastor of the Orthodox community in Pau, France, in November 1866. Subsequently, on [[October 29]], 1878, he was raised to the rank of [[archimandrite]], and then on [[December 17]] of the same year he was consecrated Bishop of the Aleutian Islands and Alaska. He took his responsibilities as bishop of Alaska to heart, and even though the seat of the [[diocese]] was more than 600 miles outside its boundaries, in San Francisco, he made extensive tours of the Orthodox communities in Alaska. It was on his second tour that included the Kwikhpak [[mission]]s along the Yukon River and as far north as St. Michael's Redoubt, that he died as a result of an accident. On [[June 30]], 1882, in the Bering Sea he fell off the deck of the ship that was transporting him back to San Francisco. His body was subsequently recovered and buried at Holy Ascension Cathedral at Unalaska, Alaska.

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