ABOUT THE ST. INNOCENT OF ALASKA MONASTIC COMMUNITY
The St. Innocent of Alaska Monastic Community was founded on November 15, 2003 and has been under the Moscow Patriarchal Parishes. For almost 15 years it had been associated with and attached to the St. Innocent of Irkutsk Church in Redford, in the Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan area, since its founding until May 6, 2018, during which time it had been doing many things to assist in the life and ministry of the Parish and its Pastor. However, since May 6, 2018, the Monastic Commuity is no longer associated with the St. Innocent of Irkutsk Church and its clergy.
[Please note that although St. Innocent Monastery is a legal name with the State of Michgan, registered as a DBA (Doing Business As) of the St. Innocent Religious/Monastic Community, ecclesiastically, it is a "Monastic Community." Although initially the Community was called a "Religious" Community, the name was changed to "Monastic" Community, to better communicate its nature, and to use Orthodox rather than Roman Catholic terminology.]
When Sister Ioanna moved into the St. Xenia House (photo to the right) on November 15, 2003, Mitered Archpriest Roman Star, Dean of the Central States Deanery, immediately officially declared the establishment of the St. Innocent of Alaska Religious/Monastic Community. On November 14, 2008, in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the St. Innocent Monastic Community, a second nearby house — dedicated to St. Seraphim of Sarov (photo below) — was purchased.
The Monastic Community was originally based at the St. Xenia House, which had been located ¾ of a long block from St. Innocent Church, from November 15, 2003 until December 23, 2012.
Since Christmas 2012 until the present, the home of the St. Innocent Monastic Community has been transferred down the street to the St. Seraphim House (photo to the left), at 9452 Hazelton, located diagonally across the street from the St. Innocent Church. The close proximity of the Monastic Community to the church had previously (until May 6th, 2018), facilitated its being able to assist readily in various aspects of the parish ministry, including being able to offer more Divine Services, education, and hospitality. Since the monastery's founding, hospitality has frequently been offered to people, including to those who are alone for church feast days and civil holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Pascha, especially for single people, converts and immigrants, and in general, providing a spiritual family and "second home" for those who wished to take advantage of this hospitality. In addition to hospitality, at both the St. Xenia House and the St. Seraphim House, there had been an active ministry of offering general adult education and catechumen classes. Initially, considerable effort was extended to attract other potential nuns and grow the community; several prospective candidates came, but they were not suitable. After that, efforts were focused on Orthodox education, service and ministry.
As of May 6, 2018, Sister Ioanna and the Monastic Community "retired" from doing all the extensive and time-consuming work at St. Innocent Church, in order to have time to return to fullfilling the broader Orthodox educational ministry of Firebird Videos. To start off this revitalized chapter in the Orthodox educational ministry of Sister Ioanna and the St. Innocent of Alaska Monastic Community, the first step was to create this new separate St. Innocent Monastery website, which highlights the monastery's written educational ministry, by making available numerous Orthodox educational articles. The second step is to refine and develop the Firebird Videos website, adding the shopping cart and adding photos of each Firebird item. In order to accomplish this second step, new covers and labels for each DVD and CD must be made, a time-consuming task, (after the previous covers and labels were lost as a result of a ransomware invasion). Following the completion of these 2 steps, the complete dedicated attention and time will be devoted to returning to making new DVDs and to continue doing additional wrtiting and publishing.