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The '''St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood''', also known as the '''Holy Monastery of St. Herman of Alaska''' is a monastic-[[missionary]] Orthodox Christian brotherhood that is part of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The [[monastery]] is located Platina, California.
The Brotherhood grew out of efforts by Gleb Podmoshensky and [[Seraphim Rose |Eugene Rose]] who, with the blessing of [[John (Maximovitch) the Wonderworker|John (Maximovitch), Archbishop of San Francisco]], of the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia]], began publication of ''The Orthodox Word'', and established a bookstore in the early 1960s. Gleb, who was a Russian immigrant and graduate from [[Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary (Jordanville, New York)|Holy Trinity Seminary]] in Jordanville, New York, and Eugene, who was a California intellectual and graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. The two had grown together in the Orthodox Christian faith and its [[monasticism]]. Their vision bore fruit in the founding of the Brotherhood in 1963, with Abp. John's blessing. The vision expanded, in 1968, into a monastery in Platina in the wilderness of northern California. In October 1970, both Gleb and Eugene were [[tonsure]]d [[monk]]s with [[monasticism|monastic]] names of Herman and Seraphim, respectively,
and soon entered into the [[Holy Orders|holy orders]], first as [[deacon]]s and then as [[priest]]s. Under their leadership the Monastery of St. Herman of Alaska grew and prospered.
On [[September 2]], 1982, Fr. Seraphim died, leaving Fr. Herman in great grief with a loss of direction in life, as the brotherhood, monastery, and dream were their shared dream. With this dream shattered, Fr. Herman's distress led to a deterioration in his life
that resulted in his being defrocked by the ROCOR. In the meantime, the monastic community began to fall apart with most of the monks and [[novice]]s leaving the community. Feeling lost and estranged from the [[bishop]]s of ROCOR, Fr. Herman began looking for new direction and an empathic [[hierarch]].
His search led him to a community of Romanians and Greeks led by Metr. Pangratios (Vrionis) of the [[Archdiocese]] of Vasilioupolis in Queens, New York (Vasilioupolis being Queens in Greek). Pangratios, however, was not recognized canonically by any other Orthodox Church. Regardless of the canonical aspects, Fr. Herman felt he had found a context for his brotherhood and missionary movement.
300px|Abbot Gerasim (Eliel), the second abbot of St Herman's Monastery (2000-09)]]Living outside the canonical structure meant Fr. Herman's communities were in a no-man's land ecclesiastically. During the year 2000, Fr. Herman, in failing health, realized the need to rectify their status, and stepped down from his status as their leader. With his departure the Brotherhood of St. Herman entered into communion with the Church of Serbia. Hieromonk Gerasim (Eliel) was elected abbot of the brotherhood, with Hieromonk Damascene (Christensen) elected deputy abbot.
In 2009, Fr. Gerasim was
accepted into the Orthodox Church in America and began studies at St. Vladimir's Seminary. Subsequently, Fr. Hilarion was elected abbot .
*[http://www.stherman.com/ St. Herman Press]*[http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/060222155510.htm Interview with Fr. Damascene (Christensen), Monastery of St. Herman of Alaska in Platina, California]
[[Category: American Monasteries]]