St. Juvenal Govouchkin,
Protomartyr of Alaska
English JUVENALY; Slavonic IOUVENALII;
St. Juvenaly was part of the original
Valaam mission to Alaska, and
was martyred in the course of his work. He is sometimes
called "of Lake Iliamna", but this was probably not the location
of his martyrdom.
St. Juvenaly began his work among the
Chugach Aleuts, and later evangelised other peoples.
He was apparently martyred by the
- St. Juvenaly's Alleged Diary:
This mildly uninspiring
document, which contradicts both Church and Native
traditions about the saint's activities,
was summarised in Bancroft's influential
History of Alaska and accepted for a century as a
major primary source. However, it
is now very strongly suspected of
being a forgery written by one of Bancroft's assistants. See
Lydia T. Black, "The Daily Journal of Reverend Father Juvenal:
A Cautionary Tale," Ethnohistory 28(1)33, 1981.
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