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Joasaph (Bolotov) of Kodiak

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His Grace the Right Reverend Bishop '''Joasaph (Bolotov) of Kodiak''' came to Alaska as the leader of a group of [[Missionaries|missionaries]] from the [[Valaam]] [[Monastery]] in 1794. Under very primitive conditions he and his [[monastic]] companions established the foundations of an Orthodox presence in North America. Called to Irkutsk he was consecrated the auxiliary Bishop of Kodiak, but did not survive a ship wreck on his return to Alaska.

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