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Our 2016 icon calendar features icons of American Saints from many different contemporary American iconographers.
11" X 12" full-color calendar features large calendar boxes (1-3/8" X 1-3/4") for recording your important date reminders.
Major saints and feast days traditionally celebrated in Orthodox countries around the world are listed.
Note: this calendar uses dates according to the Julian calendar (also referred to as the "old calendar"). For a new calendar edition, see Order No. 008880.
About the iconographers featured in this calendar
Deacon Matthew Garrett—Deacon Matthew grew up in the Orthodox Faith, where he developed a great appreciation for icons. His father arranged for him to spend the summer of 1991 working for Philip Zimmerman at the St. John of Damascus Icon Studio. He grew enamored with the process of painting icons and spent the next several years reading about icons, looking for interesting prototypes to paint, working at the studio, and painting at home. Since graduating from St. Vincent College, he has continued to grow as an artist and to develop his own style. His work ranges from larger-than-life-size murals to postage stamp-size icons. For many years he was a member of St. Michael’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. In 2009, he married and moved to Boise, Idaho. He was ordained as a deacon in 2011 and serves at St. Seraphim of Sarov Russian Orthodox Church in Boise, in addition to his continuing work as an iconographer. Deacon Matthew has exhibited his work and given lectures on iconography at festivals, churches, and conferences, and his work can be seen in many churches, especially in the northeast U.S.
Contact Information: Email: email@example.com; Website: www.holy-icons.com; Phone: 208-859-9698; Studio Location: Boise, Idaho
Dmitry Shkolnik—Dmitry was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1960. While studying in high school, he developed a keen interest in Russian religious art. Upon graduation, he pursued higher education in the field of architecture. Concurrently, he cultivated a knowledge of Russian craft art in the form of lacquer miniatures and icon restoration. In 1979-80, Dmitry began to work for the Russian Patriarchal Workshops (now known as SOFRINO). In 1981 he immigrated to the United States with his family. He enrolled in the Theological Seminary at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, in 1983. In his time there, he apprenticed under the well-known iconographer Archimandrite Ciprian (Pyzhov). In 1988 Dmitry completed seminary with a Bachelor in Theology. In his over 30 years in the United States, Dmitry has painted over 2,000 icons, over two dozen iconostases, and numerous church frescoes, murals, and wall ornamentations. You can see his work in churches and private collections all over the United States, Canada, Central and South America, France, Australia, Japan, Russia, Greece, and many other countries. Dmitry Shkolnik lives in San Carlos, California, with his wife and children.
Contact Information: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.shkolnikstudio.com; Studio Location: San Carlos, California
Janet Jaime—Janet is a communicant of St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and began writing icons in 1995, working in the traditional egg tempera technique. She is a full-time certified iconographer and also serves as co-chair on the DOWAMA Committee of Sacred Arts. She has been blessed with writing icons for homes and many churches, including St. Peter, Madison, MS; St. Andrew, Riverside, CA; St. Antony, Tulsa, OK; St. George, Cedar Rapids, IA; and St. George, Kearney, NE. Her St. Innocent and St. Jacob icons (see the months of April and August in this calendar) are part of a series of twelve icons installed at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Janet has plans to print all the American saint icons in a series of cards soon; contact her via email for details.
Contact Information: Email: email@example.com; Studio Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Fr. Theodore Jurewicz—Fr. Theodore was born Frank Jurewicz in 1949 into a Roman Catholic family in Erie, Pennsylvania. As a child he often visited the Old Believer parish of the Nativity of Christ in Erie. From these visits he developed a deep interest in the Orthodox Church, and, while still a teenager, converted to Orthodoxy. He attended Holy Trinity Seminary and in 1974 was ordained priest. Fr. Jurewicz studied iconography under the late Archimandrite Cyprian. He has painted about a dozen Eastern Orthodox churches across North America, one of his more famous works being his commission to paint the entire church at New Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake, Illinois. Completed over the span of three years, the church is painted in a Byzantine style and features richly colored designs and religious scenes covering the walls, vaults, pillars, and dome of the church. The frescoes are painted in acrylics on dry plaster. Fr. Theodore is an archpriest in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, serving the parish of the Nativity of the Lord in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Studio Location: Erie, Pennsylvania.
John Thomas Rigby—John Thomas has been intensely engaged in art since grade school and graduated with a BFA from the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1978. After his conversion to the Orthodox faith in 1988, he sought opportunities to engage in painting icons. With a wife and four girls to care for, he had limited access to training; however, he has had the honor of taking several seminars with Dr George Kordis, who both influenced his development as an artist and opened to him the complex world of egg tempera painting. These seminars provided a bridge between his original training in art and his growth as an iconographer. He currently lives in Indy with his wife and a revolving door of daughters. You may view some of his work on Facebook at “John Rigby Iconographer.” His St. Alexis icon (see the month of May in this calendar) is from Ss. Constantine and Elena Church in Indianapolis.
Contact Information: Email: email@example.com; Studio Location: Indianapolis, Indiana.
Jan Isham—Jan was a fine artist living in Goleta, California, during the 1970s and 1980s, where she worshipped with Saint Athanasius Church—one of the churches that was part of the Evangelical Orthodox Church movement, which eventually entered into canonical Orthodoxy in 1987. During the early 80s, after Father Alexander Schmemann of blessed memory made a brief visit to Saint Athanasius and taught the group there about the role of icons within the Orthodox Church, Jan was asked by her priests to paint some icons for the parish. Since that time, she has pursued her interest in iconography and has completed commissioned pieces for several churches and many private individuals. She currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Studio Location: Indianapolis, Indiana.
Vladimir Krassovsky—Vladimir was born in Bangkok, Thailand, to Russian émigré parents and immigrated to the United States as a child in 1954. From a young age he became actively involved in the Orthodox Church of All Russian Saints in the city of Burlingame, California, and began apprenticing as an iconographer under the direction of Nicholas Zadorozhniy when a new church was being constructed in his community. From 1969 to 1981 he apprenticed with the iconographer Archimandrite Kiprian, first at Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, and later at Fr. Kiprian’s studios at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York. In 1985 he received the blessing of his mentor to devote himself full-time to iconography. In addition to painting individual icons and murals, his work includes consulting in various areas of church design and construction and the design of iconostases and other interior church decor. His St. Raphael icon (see the month of September in this calendar) was commissioned by St. Paul the Apostle Church in Las Vegas, NV, by Bishop Nikolai Soraich when he was rector of the parish. The photo is made available by special arrangement through Teshin Iconographics (email@example.com), which also produces many other icons by Mr. Krassovsky.
Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 650-359-0901; Studio Location: Pacifica, California.
About the Calendar Dates
The feast days shown on this calendar in bold, blue type are the twelve great feast days of the Orthodox Church. Other feast days of some of the most popularly venerated saints of the Orthodox Churches around the world are listed in black, regular type. Dates are listed according to the Julian or “old” calendar. (Note: A different version of this calendar is available which makes use of the Gregorian or “new” calendar dates.) The date for Pascha (commonly known as Easter in the West) falls on May 1 in 2016. (The date for Western Easter falls on March 27 in 2016; only occasionally does the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ occur on the same date in East and West.)
Many days throughout the Orthodox church year are designated as fast days (on which we refrain from eating meat products, milk products, fish, wine, and oil). These fast days, marked in red type, include the four canonical fasting seasons (Great Lent, the Apostles’ fast, the Dormition fast, and the Advent fast), as well as almost every Wednesday and Friday. When a major feast falls during a fasting season, fish, wine & oil are allowed. In addition, there are also several fast-free weeks and other special fast days. Because fast day designations vary slightly from church to church, consult your local parish for further details.
About the Saints Featured in Icons in This Calendar
Saint Herman of Alaska: Saint Herman was born in Russia in about the year 1756 and entered the monastic life at the age of 16. He was part of a group of monks from Valaam Monastery who were sent in 1793 to missionize the natives within the Alaskan territories. Saint Herman lived an ascetic monastic life on Spruce Island but was always a champion for the physical and spiritual needs of the Aleut natives, who greatly loved him. After a long life, he reposed in his sleep in 1836/37. He is commemorated among the saints as a wonderworker. Saint Herman’s main feast day is celebrated on December 13, and his glorification is celebrated on Aug 9/22.
Saint Juvenaly: Saint Juvenaly was born in Siberia in 1761 as John Feodorovich Hovorukhin. After his wife died in 1791, he entered a monastery in St. Petersburg and was tonsured as a monk with the name Juvenaly. Three years later he went to Alaska as a missionary. He taught the native inhabitants about Christ, baptizing many of them. In 1796, according to native oral tradition, St. Juvenaly arrived at the mouth of the Kuskokwim River near the village of Quinahgak, where he was killed by a hunting party. Hieromonk Juvenaly became the first Orthodox Christian in America to receive the crown of martyrdom. Saint Juvenaly’s feast day is celebrated on Sep 24/Oct 7.
Saint Peter the Aleut: Little is known about Saint Peter except that he was an Aleut native from Kodiak who became an Orthodox Christian. According to the story of his martyrdom recorded by Fr. Sergius of St. Tikhon of Kaluga Monastery, he was arrested and put to death by Spanish Franciscans in California because he refused to convert to Roman Catholicism. He is also mentioned by name in the life of Saint Herman of Alaska. Saint Peter’s feast day is celebrated on Sep 24/Oct 7 (together with Saint Juvenaly) as well as on Dec 12/25.
Saint Innocent of Alaska: Saint Innocent was born in Irkutsk, Siberia in 1797 as John Popov, though his surname was later changed to Veniaminov. In 1823 he accepted the call to missionize the Aleutian Islands, Sitka, and some of the remotest settlements in Alaska, translating the Gospel into numerous native dialects. In 1840, after the death of his wife, Father John was tonsured a monk with the name Innocent, and the same year he was consecrated Bishop of Kamchatka and the Kurile and Aleutian Islands. In 1867 he was appointed Metropolitan of Moscow, in which capacity he served until his repose in 1879. He is commemorated among the saints as Metropolitan of Moscow, Enlightener of the Aleuts, and Apostle to the Americas. Saint Innocent’s feast days are celebrated on Mar 31/Apr 13 (the day of his repose), Oct 5/18 (the Synaxis of the Moscow hierarchs), and Oct 6/19 (the day of his glorification).
Saint Jacob Netsvetov: Saint Jacob was born in 1802 on Atka Island, Alaska. His father was Russian and his mother Aleut. He was ordained a deacon in 1826 and served at a church in Irkutsk, Siberia. In 1928 he was ordained to the priesthood. He longed to return to his native Alaska and was given the blessing to be a missionary priest there. Besides serving as priest in his hometown of Atka, he served an area stretching nearly 2000 miles. He consulted with Saint Innocent regarding translation of the Bible and other literature into the Unangan-Aleut language, and he spent years in other translation work. In 1844, St. Innocent appointed him to head up a mission to the native peoples of the Yukon. To do that work, he learned new languages and spent the next twenty years, until his health and eyesight failed, in the wilderness of Alaska. He died in 1864 in Sitka. Saint Jacob is commemorated among the saints as Enlightener of the Peoples of Alaska. His feast day is celebrated on Jul 26/Aug 8.
Saint Alexis of Wilkes-Barre: Saint Alexis Toth was born into a Carpatho-Russian family in Austro-Hungary in 1854; his father was an Eastern-Rite Catholic priest. In 1878 Alexis was ordained as a priest, and in 1889 he was appointed to serve a Uniate parish in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Roman Catholic diocesan authority in Minnesota did not accept his credentials as a Byzantine Catholic, which put into process a series of events that eventually led to several Slavic Uniate churches and several hundred people being reunited with the Orthodox Church through the auspices of the Russian Diocese of the Orthodox Church. Saint Alexis reposed in 1909, and his relics now rest at St. Tikhon Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. Saint Alexis is commemorated among the saints as a Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America. His feast day is celebrated on May 7/20.
Saint Raphael (Hawaweeny) of Brooklyn: Saint Raphael was born in Syria in 1860. Having attended the School of Theology in Halki, Greece, he completed his graduate studies in theology in Russia and was for a time the head of the Antiochian representation church in Moscow. In 1895 he was invited to be the pastor of the Arab-Orthodox community at St. Nicholas Church in New York. With the blessing of the Russian hierarch who headed the Orthodox mission in America, Raphael began to travel extensively across the US, ministering to Greeks and Russians as well as Arabs. Fluent in Arabic, Russian, and Greek, he soon became fluent in English as well and encouraged its use in church services and educational programs. In 1904, Saint Raphael became the first Orthodox bishop to be consecrated on American soil. He continued his episcopal labors in America until his death in 1914, by which time the Syro-Arab Mission had thirty parishes with 25,000 faithful. Saint Raphael’s feast day is celebrated on Feb 27/Mar 11.
Saint Tikhon the Patriarch of Moscow: Born in 1865 as Vasily Ivanovich Bellavin to a father who was a priest, Saint Tikhon studied at the Pskov Theological Seminary and the St. Petersburg Theological Academy. When he became a monk in 1891, he was given the name Tikhon. He was consecrated Bishop of Lublin in 1897, and in 1898 was made Bishop of the Aleutian Islands and Alsak. As head of the Russian Orthodox Church in America, he did much to promote the spread of Orthodoxy and to reorganize his vast diocese. In 1905 the American Mission was made an archdiocese, and St. Tikhon was elevated to the rank of archbishop. His two vicar bishops (Innocent in Alaska and Raphael in the lower states) are now both saints. In 1907 he returned to Russia. In 1917, after the Russian Revolution, he became Metropolitan of Moscow and later was chosen as Patriarch. His years as patriarch fell during very difficult times in Russia. He died in 1925 and was canonized as a saint in 1989. Saint Tikhon’s feast day is celebrated on Apr 7/20.
Saint John (Kochurov) of Chicago: Saint John was born in the Ryazan region of Russia in 1871. After his graduation from the St. Petersburg Theological Academy and ordination to the priesthood, he was sent in 1895 as a missionary priest to North America. He helped to build up and establish St. Vladimir Cathedral in Chicago and the Church of the Three Hierarchs in Streator. He later became dean of the Eastern states and helped with many important diocesan matters. In 1907, after twelve years of service in America, he returned to Russia; at first he served as a theological teacher in the St. Petersburg area, then as a pastor at Tsarskoye Selo. On October 31, 1917, Fr. John was killed by Bolshevik revolutionaries. He is commemorated among the saints as the first clergy martyr of the Russian Revolution as well as a missionary in America. Saint John’s feast day is celebrated on Oct 31/Nov 13 and with other Russian new martyrs on Jan 25/Feb 7.
Alexander (Hotovitsky) of New York: Saint Alexander was born in Kremenetz, Russia, in 1872. After graduation from the St. Petersburg Theological Academy in 1895, he was sent as a missionary to America. After his marriage and ordination to the priesthood in 1896, he pastored St. Nicholas Church in New York. Through his efforts, Orthodox communities were also established in Philadelphia, Yonkers, Passaic, and other towns across America, and he was instrumental in the conversion of many Uniates and Protestants to Orthodoxy. He left America in 1914, and served as a priest in Finland for three years before being transferred to Moscow in 1917. Due to his resistance to the secular Soviet regime, he was arrested for brief periods in 1920 and 1921. In 1924 he was sent into exile, was arrested again in the fall of 1937, and was later martyred. Saint Alexander is commemorated among the saints as a priest martyr. His feast day is celebrated on Dec 4/17 and with other Russian new martyrs on Jan 25/Feb 7.
Saint Nikolai of Zhica and Ochrid: Saint Nikolai was born in western Serbia in 1880/81. He graduated from St. Sava Seminary in Belgrade in 1905 and went on to earn doctoral degrees from the University of Berne in 1908 and from King’s College, Oxford, in 1909. In 1909 he was tonsured as a monk, then ordained to the priesthood. After some further study in Russia, he returned to Belgrade, where he taught philosophy, logic, history, and foreign languages at the seminary. He was consecrated as bishop of Zhica in 1919 and later transferred to Ochrid. In 1921, Bishop Nicholas was invited to visit America and spent two years there as a missionary bishop. He returned to America in 1946. He taught at St. Sava Seminary in Libertyville, Illinois, before settling in 1951 at St. Tikhon’s Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, where he served as dean of the seminary. He died in 1956 and was first buried at St. Sava Monastery, though his relics were later transferred to a monastery in Serbia. He is well known for his writings, including the Prologue from Ochrid, Prayers by the Lake, and other spiritual writings. Saint Nikolai’s feast days are celebrated on Mar 5/18 and May 3/16.
Saint John of San Francisco: Saint John was born in 1896 in Russia as Michael Maximovich. His family fled Russia during the Bolshevik resolution, emigrating to Yugoslavia. After completing his theological education in Belgrade, in 1926 he was tonsured a monk and soon after ordained as a priest. In 1934 he was consecrated a bishop and assigned to the diocese of Shanghai. Twelve years later he was made Archbishop of China. When the communists came to power in China, Saint John led the exodus of over 5000 Orthodox from China to the Philippines; many of these refugees and orphans later relocated to America. In 1951, he was assigned to the Archdiocese of Western Europe, with its cathedral in Paris, then in 1962 to the Diocese of San Francisco. As a diocesan bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), he was greatly beloved by the communities he served, from China to France to the United States. He reposed in 1966, and his relics rest at Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, which he helped to build. He is commemorated among the saints as Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco and as a Wonderworker. Saint John’s feast day is celebrated on Jul 2.