By Mary Lou Panatopoulos
“I want to go to Alaska some day; it’s on my bucket list,” said one member of our parish to Fr. Michael Habib in early summer of 2014. By August, Fr. Michael had secured the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and planned a pilgrimage to Alaska for the parish members of St. Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Christian Church in Twin Falls, Idaho, for the first week of June 2015. (View the photo gallery of the trip.)
As we approached the final hours before the trip, we received our first surprise! Khouria Masha’s water broke less than 36 hours before we were schedule to fly to Alaska. The obvious decision was made that Fr. Michael would definitely not leave with us for Alaska on June 1. Little Maximus Joseph Habib arrived on May 31, 2015 (the eve of the trip).