“The St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, also known as the Holy Monastery of St. Herman of Alaska is a monastic-missionary Orthodox Christian brotherhood that is part of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The monastery is located in Platina, California.
The Brotherhood grew out of efforts by Gleb Podmoshensky and Eugene Rose who, with the blessing of John (Maximovitch), Archbishop of San Francisco, of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, began publication of The Orthodox Word, and established a bookstore in the early 1960s. Gleb, who was a Russian immigrant and graduate from Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, New York, and Eugene, who was a California intellectual and graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. The two had grown together in the Orthodox Christian faith and its monasticism. Their vision bore fruit in the founding of the Brotherhood in 1963, with Abp. John’s blessing. The vision expanded, in 1968, into a monastery in Platina in the wilderness of northern California. In October 1970, both Gleb and Eugene were tonsured monks with monastic names of Herman and Seraphim, respectively, and soon entered into the holy orders, first as deacons and then as priests. Under their leadership – Fr. Herman as inaugural abbot and Fr. Seraphim as spiritual father – the Monastery of St. Herman of Alaska grew and prospered.”– OrthodoxWiki