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Veniaminov, Innocent (1797–1878)

  1. Robert L. Gallagher

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1540

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Gallagher, R. L. 2011. Veniaminov, Innocent (1797–1878). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Innocent Veniaminov (John Popov) was a Russian Orthodox missionary priest to eastern Siberia and Alaska. In 1823 Veniaminov went with his wife Catherine and family to the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. His ministry from the beginning had three goals: to visit the people of the surrounding islands; to create a place where the natives could hear the word of God; and to preach in the indigenous language. He considered his first duty to teach the Bible to the inhabitants. Yet because they were scattered over large distances he also made translation a priority so that the Aleut people might read and listen to God's word in their mother tongue.


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  • Russian orthodox missionary priest;
  • Russian orthodox mission society