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Welcome to Saint Innocent's

Welcome to Saint Innocent Orthodox Church in Eureka (Humboldt County), California. This is where you will find the teachings of Jesus Christ proclaimed and the full assurance of the Church manifested “for the life of the world and its salvation.”

Saint Innocent’s is the only Orthodox Church serving Humboldt County, and we are part of the Diocese of the West of the Orthodox Church in America, in communion with the entire worldwide Orthodox Christian Communion. Our parish is named after Saint Innocent of Alaska, the great missionary and first bishop of the American Pacific-Northwest, who sailed just outside Eureka in the 1830s.

Surprisingly, many people still do not know the Orthodox Church well, even though it is the world’s oldest, second largest Christian body. There are those who think that “Greek Orthodox” is somehow different than “Serbian Orthodox” or “Russian Orthodox” and that one has to be from a particular country or national group to be Orthodox… Actually, there is a single Orthodox Church globally which is a federation of national bodies (such as the Archdiocese of Athens and All Greece, as well as the Patriarchate of Romania among 16 others), and the Church is open to everyone.

Comes, taste and see that the Lord is good, and that the Church built upon the Rock in 33 AD is still flourishing in faithfulness to its Apostolic roots and mandate.

Orthodox What?

Discover the Orthodox Church

Learn more about the Orthodox Church, the world’s oldest, second largest Christian body…

Saint Innocent?

Who is Saint Innocent of Alaska?

Discover the amazing and inspiring life of St Innocent of Alaska (1797-1879), our patron saint…


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The “electronic” (PDF) version of our informative, full-color brochure in magazine format…

In Eureka

Our Bible study in Eureka

Join us every week for Vespers and a discussion…

In Fortuna

Our Bible Study in Fortuna

Once a month, join us for a home-based Bible study in Fortuna…


7 Keys to Explore Christianity

Questions to ask; locks to unlock to make sense of the Christian faith…

From our Blog
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    25 Aug Our citizenship is in heaven: reflections on passports, visas, and the Kingdom of God

    A reflection by Fr Laurent In our amazing town of Eureka, there is a an old and sadly run-down place of worship on Wabash Street which I pass by every time I drive to St Innocent’s on F Street. Let me say that I never......

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    25 Aug Finding Peace in a Chaotic World

    A reflection by Fr Laurent After more than 10 years of ordained ministry, but also as human being going through life, I can say one thing with great personal certainty: What we seek and need is peace! I mean inner peace. Peace with myself. Peace......

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    22 Aug Understanding Orthodox Worship

    Recently, a new form of worship has become widely popular among Christians.  Where before people would sing hymns accompanied by an organ then listen to a sermon, in this new worship there are praise bands that use rock band instruments, short catchy praise songs, sophisticated......

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    22 Aug Lessons from the Kingdom Tower

    You may have heard about the Kingdom Tower (photo above). It is to be the highest building in the world, almost a mile high! As the name indicates, it is to be built in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In the desert! On sand! For......

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    19 Aug The Best Gift to Your Children

    According to a wise proverb: “people should not have children to finally give meaning to their lives; rather they should have children to pass on to them the meaning of life that they have already found.” Parents, especially young parents, often wonder: “what is best......

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    19 Aug Is Christianity a Western Religion?

    Christianity is in the first place an oriental religion, and it is a mystical religion. (J.C. Barrois, Roots of Christian Mysticism, Introduction) “Western” is not necessarily a negative label, far from it! Western science is what gave us modern physics, relativity, quantum physics and with......

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    19 Aug Why atheism is wrong

    Could atheism be true? Could bright people like Richard Dawkins, author of the “God delusion” be right. Why is atheism wrong?    ...

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    18 Aug Meet the Church that gave us the Bible

    PART 1: HOW IT ALL HAPPENED A lot people hold a Bible in their hands and never ask the most fundamental questions: where did this book come from? Who decided that 2 Peter would be in but the Gospel of Peter would be out? What......