Welcome to St. Innocent Press!
St. Innocent Press was founded in January, 2006 in Middlebury, Indiana with the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Laurus, and His Grace, Bishop Peter of Cleveland (ROCOR) and with the goal of filling some of the gaps in English-language Orthodox Literature. As a convert to Orthodoxy, a father of three young children, a parish priest, and a graduate of a Russian-language seminary, it was clear to me that not only did many good books written in Russian need to be translated, but that the Orthodox Christian culture which permeates Russia (and Serbia, and Greece, and Georgia, and...) needed to be sown among English-speaking believers. We chose St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow to be our heavenly protector due to his extraordinary missionary zeal. By his prayers, may the spiritual fruit of this press be bountiful!
Our first offering, St. Seraphim's Beatitudes, is directed to young readers. This book took well over a year to produce; we pray that it will be of spiritual benefit to those who read it! The many lavish drawings are the work of deacon Paul Drozdowski, a professional iconographer and illustrator. Fr. Paul and I met while we were both studying at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, New York. Click here to see some of his wonderful icons
Our second project is Directory of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia which is available as a pdf file. This detailed listing of the parishes and clergy of our Church is based on the online directory. Church suppliers have been recently added. Purchases of the directory help support this resource for ROCOR.
In response to numerous requests, we have created a wall-calendar of Church feasts and readings in either all English or English & Russian text. For 2012 we will also offer an English & Serbian version. The months of the wall calendar are arranged according to the civil calendar, but the Church calendar date (i.e. the ’old calendar’) is added for every day. These calendars can be customized for use by parishes or purchased individually.
The focus of St. Innocent Press will be on books for youth as well as translations of spiritual literature from Russian. A translation of the autobiography of St. Luke of Crimea will be released in November 2011. We intend to publish an English translation of St. Innocent's Instructions to Missionaries soon thereafter. Fr. John Whiteford edited an English-language liturgical calendar for 2011, which is based largely on Jordanville’s liturgical calendar. The 2012 edition will be available by December 2011. We hope to produce another illustrated children's book as well.
The bulk of my labors are devoted to serving my flock at Holy Virgin Protection Orthodox Church in Goshen, Indiana where I am rector (which is part of the reason it took so long to produce our first book!). A small parish, we struggle daily to uphold our Orthodox Christian faith in Northern Indiana. Click here to learn more about our parish. I am also acting rector of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Without the support of my wife, Anya, and three young children, James, Alexandra and Leo, St. Innocent Press would still be a dream. May God help us all to fulfill His command to Go forth and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit!
Sincerely in Christ,
priest Daniel Marshall, publisher