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Pilgrimage for the 100th Anniversary of Father Nicola Yanney's Repose

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St. George Orthodox Church

1505 Avenue G

Kearney, NE 68847

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Pilgrimage for the 100th Anniversary of Father Nicola Yanney's Repose

Father Nicola was the first priest ordained by St. Raphael of Brooklyn. After his ordination, Father Nicola was assigned as the pastor of the newly-formed St. George Orthodox Church in Kearney, Nebraska. Simultaneously, he was given a large missionary territory to administer.

For months at a time, Father Nicola would leave his home and family in Kearney, Nebraska, traveling across the central United States to serve the scattered faithful. Often, Father Nicola visited small groups of families which eventually developed into parish communities; at other times, he ministered to an isolated Orthodox family or individual. Father Nicola served as both a parish priest and a missionary for over 14 years, before departing this life in late 1918. May his memory be eternal!


Tentative Schedule of Events:

Friday, Oct. 26th

5:30 p.m. Akathist to St. Raphael service at Saint George Church

6:30 p.m. Dinner and Symposium with His Grace Bishop BASIL, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, Hieromonk Phillip Vreeland, and Orthodox historian Matthew Name, at Yanney Park ERC Building


Saturday, Oct. 27th

10:00 a.m. Trisagion Prayers, graveside of Fr. Nicola Yanney, Kearney Cemetery

After the graveside prayers, follow in the footsteps of Saint Raphael on his 1899 journey to the Yanney homestead.

Lunch and afternoon on your own. Enjoy a church tour or view displays of historical documents, photos, video, and other research about Fr. Nicola and the Kearney community.

5:00 p.m. Great Vespers at St. George Church

7:00 p.m. Banquet Dinner with His Grace Bishop BASIL and keynote speaker Matthew Namee


Sunday, Oct. 28th

8:45 am Orthros

10:00 am Hierarchical Liturgy with His Grace Bishop BASIL

Lunch provided by St. George Ladies Society to follow Liturgy

Sunday services and lunch to be held at St. George Church



All events and meals are being offered free of charge, but an RSVP is requested so we can plan accordingly for meals and meeting spaces. To register, please please visit our website at www.saintgeorgekearney.com. We look forward to meeting you!


Lodging information:


A block of rooms has been reserved at the following hotel:

Holiday Inn Kearney

110 S 2nd Ave, Kearney, NE 68847

(308) 237-5971

$104.95 nightly rate if booked by 9/15/18 and mention St. George event.


Other hotels in the area include:

Fairfield Inn & Suites (308) 236-4200

Hampton Inn (308) 234-3400

La Quinta Inn and Suites (308) 237-4400

Holiday Inn Express (308) 234-8100



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