Orthodox Christianity In North Dakota

Christ is risen!

Today is Bright Monday, the first day after Pascha (Easter).  I figured today was also an appropriate day on which to launch this blog, Red River Orthodox.  Red River Orthodox is a blog on behalf of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, an Orthodox Christian community in Fargo, ND (www.holyresurrectionfargo.org).  In addition to the parish website, you may also follow us on Facebook.

I hope this blog proves helpful and informational to residents in Fargo-Moorhead and the larger community of the Red River Valley.

Yours in Christ,

Dellas Oliver (Fr. Oliver) Herbel


3 Responses

  1. DAVID N

    +Glory to Jesus Christ !

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Holy Resurrection parish and my fellow Orthodox Christians in Minot.

    I have a question for you. I was stationed at Grand Forks AFB and was discharged from that base back in 1968. At that time and prior there was a Greek Orthodox mission in Grand Forks. Once a month a celebate Orthodox monk priest would travel by train to celebrate a Divine Liturgy at Annunciation Orthodox mission in Grand Forks. I recall there was a few air force folks, a couple of UND students and local residents that would join in with those Divine Liturgies. One time I remember a few cradle Greek Orthodox actually lived in Biscmark and sadly there was no Orthodox church available so they attended an Episcopal Church.

    A fond memory was the fellow air men who joined me in painting the exterior of that small gothic shaped former protestant churh building.

    I would have to believe that that GO mission closed after 1968. I see that there is a Orthodox mission church now in Fargo.

    If possible, please update me with any future efforts in Grand Forks.

    David N.
    Founding father of St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church, Woodstock Ga

    1. Grand Forks did have a parish until the 1970s. Like Minot, it had been founded by Greeks working the railroad. Someday, I hope to write a history of Orthodox Christianity in North Dakota. It is still very much a project on the back burner, but hopefully someday it will be accomplished. There are a few people who drive down from Grand Forks to attend our parish here. Fr. Anastassy spends a fair amount of time in Bismarck, where there are some Orthodox who consider themselves part of his parish (which makes sense since he’s closer by a good hour and has been ministering to them over the years). Once Holy Resurrection is established, I think a mission to Grand Forks would make sense. I also think a parish ought to exist in Bismarck. All in God’s time.

  2. John Kinney

    Hi, I’m looking for any Greek speaking folks living in or near Bismarck that might be willing to help me learn the Greek language. Although I am not Greek Orthodox my Greek cousins are and I would like to be able to converse with them in their language. Any help would be much appreciated.


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