If you are new to the area, merely passing through, or perhaps even a lifelong resident, we welcome you to worship Almighty God with us!
Reflecting the world-wide Orthodox church, our Mission is multi-ethnic and multicultural. The services of our parish are in English with Ukrainian, Greek and Old Slavonic.
Please feel free to contact Fr. Vasil if you have any questions, comments or desire to make a donation to our growing Mission Parish! We hope to meet you soon!
We are a Mission Parish of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey of the Orthodox Church in America . As Eastern Orthodox Christians, we are committed to live according to all of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus commanded His disciples to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all Nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all [things that He has] commanded” so that all people may come to the knowledge of the truth and inherit eternal life in God’s Heavenly Kingdom.
Our parish is made whole by people of many ethnic backgrounds and we strive to utilize the various languages of the peoples of this continent and from abroad so that everyone may hear the Good News, as on Pentecost, “in his own language.” Presently, our parish observes the Liturgical cycle according to the Revised Julian Calendar. The Divine Services at St. Innocent Orthodox Mission are mostly in English with some Ukrainian, Greek and Old Slavonic.
In accordance with God’s will, we take part in the Holy Tradition of the Orthodox Christian life, not only preaching, but also living the fullness of the Gospel. The Eastern Orthodox Church brings the Scriptures to the people in every service. Our Patron Saint, the Venerable Innocent of Alaska and Apostle to North America brought the Holy Eastern Orthodox Faith to the North American continent through his missionary work in Alaska. Just as Saint Innocent fulfilled the commandments of Christ, to spread the Gospel, we also do the very same, and continue to work of our patron Saint, which is to bring the love of God to all people around us and to give everyone an opportunity to share in our Holy Orthodox Faith. We are called to be witnesses of the truth, and by God’s grace and in the power of the Holy Spirit, to reveal Christ’s way of sanctification and eternal salvation to all, and to build a permanent Eastern Orthodox presence in Oneonta, until Christ comes again.
The parish welcomed its new full-time priest in December 2015, Fr. Vasil Dubee. He was ordained to the holy priesthood on October 9th, 2015 at St. Tikhon’s Monastery by His Eminence Archbishop Mark and was accepted into the Diocese of New York and New Jersey under the omophorion of His Eminence Archbishop Michael a short time afterwards. Fr. Vasil and his family are greatly honored to serve the Mission and to nurture a permanent home for Orthodoxy in Oneonta.
Saint Innocent Mission parish’s family is growing. The Church has been abundantly blessed with many young families and very dedicated, talented parishioners. This is what makes Saint Innocent Orthodox Mission so vibrant. If you are planning to be in the Oneonta area, we would be honored to have you come and join us in prayer.
The Orthodox Church in America is one of a number of Eastern Orthodox Churches that share full communion with one another. As a successor to the first Russian-Ukrainian Orthodox mission to North America in the late 1700s, the Orthodox Church in America was granted autocephaly in 1970 by Patriarch Alexei I of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). The Orthodox Church in America is in full communion with the Greek, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Cyprian, Georgian, Russian, Antiochian, Serbian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Jerusalem, Alexandrian, the Church of Constantinople and all other canonical Orthodox Churches in this country and throughout the world.