Seeking Truth:  Educating Children within an Orthodox Ethos

Veteran's Day Weekend 2018:  November 8-11


St. Kosmas Homeschool Community has joined forces with the Saint Emmelia Conferences of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America Department of Homeschooling, in order to bring a Pan-Orthodox Homeschool Conference to the West Coast which will be held at the St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, California.


West Coast Walk for Life

Pan-Orthodox Pilgrimage


Orthodox Christians Walk for Life! Join fellow Orthodox Christians of all jurisdictions and ages at the annual Walk for Life West Coast every January in San Francisco. Orthodox Christians from all over will be gathering for a pan-Orthodox weekend of prayer, fellowship, and learning surrounding the pro-life West Coast Walk for Life. The 2018 Walk for Life and the Pan-Orthodox events that took place in San Francisco were a great success and we are looking forward to gathering a large contingency of Orthodox homeschool families for participation in the 2019 Walk and Pan-Orthodox events that take place that weekend in San Francisco.  



8:30 am: Liturgy followed by breakfast at Holy Trinity Church, 999 Brotherhood Way

11:30 am: Pre-Rally PAN-ORTHODOX MOLIEBEN SERVICE FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE, Civic Center Plaza near corner of Polk & Grove Streets. For information, please contact Veronica Ruby at (510) 882-7779.

12:30 - 3:30 pm: RALLY & WALK FOR LIFE, Civic Center Plaza.  Rally starts at Civic Center Plaza, walking down Market Street (2 miles). Ends at Justin Herman Plaza/Ferry Building. BART stations at both locations. Ample parking. 

5:30pm: Vespers followed by dinner at St. Nicholas Church, 5200 Diamond Heights Blvd.


7:30 am: (English) Liturgy at Holy Virgin Cathedral, 6210 Geary Blvd.

9:30 am – 12 pm: Breakfast and pro-life symposium in the Holy Virgin Cathedral parish hall

From Southern California:

Orthodox Christians in Southern California will be travelling by bus to San Francisco for the weekend. For more details or to register for the bus trip, visit

For info about the Walk for Life, visit

For information about the Pan-Orthodox Walk for Life Schedule of Events, please contact Veronica Ruby at (510) 882-7779.

Divine Liturgy in the Historic Fort Ross Russian Orthodox Chapel and Blessing of the Graves followed by lunch. 

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Annual Pilgrimage to San Francisco for the Feastday of St. John Maximovitch




Holy Virgin Cathedral (6210 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94121)

  • 6:00 p.m. Vespers
  • approx 7:15 p.m. St. John's relics will be moved to the center of the Church at the conclusion of Vespers
  • 7:30 p.m. The Akathist to St. John
  • Service books for the Akathist to St. John are available for purchase at the candle stand.
  • Holy Virgin Cathedral Home Page with Feast Day Schedule


Holy Virgin Cathedral (6210 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94121)


9:00 AM
Holy Virgin Cathedral (6210 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94121)

  • Greeting of the Presiding Bishop [before 9:00]
  • Hierarchal Divine Liturgy [9:00 a.m. - approx. noon]
  • Procession & Service of Intercession to St. John (Molieben) [approx. noon-1:00 p.m.]
  • All are invited to a festal luncheon in the Cathedral fellowship hall following Divine Liturgy [approx. 1:00-2:00 p.m.]. 
  • If you would like to help defray costs of the luncheon, checks can be made to Holy Virgin Cathedral. Usually donation boxes are located on the buffet tables.
  • St. John's sepulcher (under the cathedral) is open on the feastday.
  • Holy Virgin Cathedral Home Page with Feast Day Schedule

3:00 p.m. (Saturday, June 30) St. Kosmas Homeschool Community Recreational Outing: Walk on the shoreline near the Golden Gate Bridge

Any families attending the feastday services are welcome to join us for the shoreline walk, regardless of whether or not you homeschool. For meeting location and information about the walk on the shoreline: email the director of St.Kosmas Homeschool Community at


Photos by Protopriest Peter Perekrestov 2016


Annual Camping Trip in Kings Canyon National Park

2019:  July


While Camping in Kings Canyon National Park, we visit Roaring River Falls, Zumwalt Meadow, and the Road's End.  We camp near the river, wade in the creek, play in the forest, take hikes, do crafts, play board games, read stories, have some science and nature lessons, visit the park ranger at the ranger station, cut our own firewood, make campfires, eat together, roast marshmallows, sing traditional folk songs, and sleep in tents under the stars.

If you are interested in the Group camping Trip: email Christine at



When:  Last Friday and Saturday of July 2019

Where:  Modesto Centre Plaza / Doubletree Hotel, 1150 9th Street, Modesto, CA 95354

Admission Cost:  $35 (in advance) or $45 (at the door) for 1 adult for two days (excluding food and lodging)

Contact Us:

Review by Anne Marie Dole:

My husband teaches English in a public school and I homeschool our children.  After attending the VHE convention in Modesto, both of us felt recharged for the upcoming school year. We enjoyed listening to Andrew Pudewa of IEW whose insights apply to all educators, K-12. Additionally Sonya Shafer of Simply Charlotte Mason is wonderful. We enjoyed perusing the exhibition hall with a couple book vendors selling little gems of used “living and twaddle-free” books. Overall it's a great resource for dads and moms.

Review by Christine Hall:

I attended the Modesto convention for the first time in 2018 and I highly recommend it. I had completely underestimated the value of what the speakers there would have to say. Though it had not been my intension, I ended up sitting in lectures all day, and got so much out of it. Though I have homeschooled already for 18 years, I left there feeling both inspired and equipped to be a better teacher this year, and with a resolve to give more of myself to my children in the remaining time that I have as a home educator for my youngest children. This would be a wonderful meeting point for Orthodox home educators from all over Central California.

August 2018 Schedule for West Coast & Arizona

With joy, we inform you that the Wonder-working and Myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God from Hawaii will be in the Bay Area, Fresno, Dunlap and continuing onto Arizona during August 2018. Please tell and invite your friends and family to see, pray, visit and venerate our Holy Mother, as She comes to be with us all the way from Hawaii.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Holy Cross Romanian Orthodox Church
1401 S White Road
San Jose, CA 95127
Tel: (408) 229-0365
Arrival of the Holy Icon, 9:15am
Divine Liturgy, 9:30am

St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church (ROCOR)
161 N Murphy Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Tel: (408) 733-9475
*Arrival of the Holy Icon, 2:00pm
Moleben with Akathist, 2:15pm
*The Holy Icon will remain at St. Herman’s until 4:30pm

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church
900 Alameda de las Pulgas
Belmont, CA 94002
Tel: (650) 591-4447
Great Vespers and anointing, 5:30pm

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Holy Resurrection Romanian Orthodox Church
26050 Kay Avenue
Hayward, CA 94545
Tel: (510) 692-7785
Arrival of the Holy Icon and Matins, 9:00am
Divine Liturgy, 10:00am

Monday, August 13, 2018

St. George Greek Orthodox Church
2219 N. Orchard Street
Fresno, CA 93703
(559) 233-0397
Small Paraklesis and anointing, 6:00pm

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring
38532 Dunlap Road
Dunlap, CA 93621
(559) 338-3110
Arrival of the Holy Icon, 12 noon
All-Night Vigil, 7:00pm

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring
38532 Dunlap Road
Dunlap, CA 93621
(559) 338-3110
Divine Liturgy, 7:00am
*The Holy Icon will depart the monastery at 1:30pm

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
2098 N Benson Avenue
Upland, CA 91784
Tel: (909) 985-6844
Arrival of the Holy Icon, 6:45pm
Paraklesis to the Theotokos, 7:00pm

Friday, August 17, 2018

St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery
4784 N St Joseph's Way
Florence, AZ 85132
Tel: (520) 868-3188
*Arrival of the Holy Icon, 12:50am
Midnight Office, Orthros and Divine Liturgy, 1:30am
*The Holy Icon will depart the monastery at 10:00am

St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery 
10250 S. Sky Blue Road
Safford, AZ 85546
Office: (928) 348-4900
Arrival of the Holy Icon and Paraklesis, 1:30pm
9th Hour, Vespers, Trapeza, Compline, 3:30pm

Saturday, August 18, 2018

St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
10250 S. Sky Blue Road
Safford, AZ 85546
Office: (928) 348-4900
Orthos, 5:30am
Hours and Divine Liturgy, 8:00am
*The Holy Icon will depart the monastery at 1:30pm

St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church
3749 W Behrend Drive
Glendale (Phoenix), AZ 85308
Tel: (623) 582-3150
Arrival of the Holy Icon, 6:15pm
Great Vespers and anointing, 6:30pm

Sunday, August 19, 2018

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
4530 E Gold Dust Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85028
Tel: (602) 953-1921

Orthros, 8:45am
Arrival of the Holy Icon, 9:45am
Divine Liturgy and anointing, 10:00am

Following the Divine Liturgy, will take place the blessing of the new Iveron Shrine at St. George’s, dedicated to those struggling with cancer and other debilitating ailments.

At 1:30pm to 5:00pm, will take place the First Annual Fundraiser for the OHIIA Iveron Foundation at The Legacy Ballroom at St. George’s. All proceeds will go towards the building of a memorial chapel in Hawaii to house the Wonderworking Iveron Icon. 
To donate, please visit:

Sunday Evening, August 19, 2018

Saint Anthony Russian Orthodox Monastery (ROCOR)
3044 N 27th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Tel: (602) 957-3054
Moleben and anointing, 5:30pm