Father Rauno Pietarinen (SVOTS '80) Begins One Year Ministry to the Skolt Sami People in Northern Finland

Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak

Father Rauno Pietarinen will soon begin a one year assignment in Ivalo, Finland, on the Barents Sea,  ministering to the Sami or Laplander native peoples of far Northern Finland.  The native Skolt Sami People have been Orthodox since the 16th century when St. Trifion evanglized, planted churches and founded the Monastery of Petsamo.

We wish Fr. Rauno and his family a safe, healthy and peaceful year of ministering to the natives of Finland.