Orthodox priest will return to service

Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2008

ANCHORAGE - An outspoken Anchorage-based priest with the Orthodox Church in America regained a teaching post and received two other top positions.

The Rev. Michael Oleksa will serve as acting chancellor of the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Alaska.

Oleksa also will represent the diocese on the Orthodox Church national executive board.

Additionally, Oleksa gets to resume his work teaching the church's history in Alaska at St. Herman's Seminary in Kodiak.

Oleksa was among those who criticized the management style of Bishop Nikolai Soraich. It was a conflict that marred the season of Lent, the holiest time of the year. Soraich has since retired.

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