Since 1925, we go on pilgrimage to Fort Ross on the observed Independence Day Holiday. His Eminence will lead us in a Divine Liturgy at the Fort Ross chapel on Monday, July 5, at 10:30 am. Pack a picnic to enjoy after the Divine Liturgy. Fort Ross, one of the main tourist attractions between Bodega Bay and Fort Bragg, is a California State Historic Park showcasing a historic Russian-era fort compound. Located eleven miles north of Jenner on California Highway One, one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world, this pilgrimage makes for a very pleasant day trip and a beautiful way to honor St. Innocent, our forefathers in the faith, and the first Orthodox divine services in our part of God’s creation.
Additional Details for Pilgrims:
– Fort Ross is about a 2 hour drive from Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco, or a 1 hour 20 minute drive from St Seraphim Cathedral in Santa Rosa, traffic permitting.
– There is lodging in the town of Jenner, though services and availability are limited. Lodging should be plentiful in Santa Rosa and San Francisco.
– The gates to the Fort will open to pilgrims at 8:30 AM on Monday.
– Following the 10:30 AM Liturgy, we will process to the cemetery and sing the memorial service for the departed.
– Afterwards, pilgrims will gather for fellowship — no food will be provided, so please bring your own lunch and beverages.
– Clergy are to bring green vestments.
– Bringing a hat, sunscreen, and bottled water is highly recommended.
A Brief History of Fort Ross:
Photographs from most recent Pilgrimage:
Reflection on a Pilgrimage: