121 107th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Circle of Friends in Bellevue has been gracious to share space with our mission. However, given the temporary nature of our current location, every service requires us to set up and take down all items necessary for the divine services. In the future, God-willing, we hope to find a location which allows us a more permanent setup.
Reverend Daniil Millwood
Fr. Daniil was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia. Desiring to learn more about the faith of his Russian ancestors, Fr. Daniil entered Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY. In 2005, he graduated seminary and also received the choir conducting certificate from the Summer School of Liturgical Music. That same year he married his wife, Anastasia. In 2006, he left New York to travel through Europe and stayed several months in Russia. Shortly thereafter, he moved back to Australia to begin his ministry.
Upon returning to his home country in early 2007, Fr. Daniil was assigned to conduct at St. Seraphim’s Russian Orthodox Church in Woolloongabba. In January 2009, he was ordained to the deaconate by Metropolitan Hilarion. Later that year, Fr. Daniil moved to Auckland, New Zealand where he served at the Church of the Resurrection of Christ. In December 2009, he was ordained to the priesthood by Metropolitan Hilarion to serve as the third priest in the parish under the guidance of Fr. Vladimir Boikov. Serving in New Zealand was joyful but brief.
Later in 2010, Fr. Daniil returned to the States and eventually settled in Seattle. Here he joined Fr. Alex Kotar, serving as second priest at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral. In 2014, Fr. Daniil was requested to work on developing a mission on the Eastside, in Bellevue. To this day, he continues to serve both the mission of the Kursk Root Icon and the St. Nicholas Cathedral.
The mission began in November 2014. From the beginning we have served in both Church Slavonic and English to cater to the needs of all members. Although this is a Russian Orthodox mission, it is first Orthodox and we welcome visitors from all backgrounds.
Many Russians live on the Eastside/Bellevue area. For many years, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) only had one church for all of Seattle and the Eastside. In order to put the light on a candlestick and not hide it away, it is important for ROCOR to remember its missionary callings. With only one cathedral to cover a vast region, the mission was established to serve as a witness of Orthodoxy to the wider community and provide options to Russian Orthodox Christians.
During these early days, the mission had no patron saint. Without an appointed patron saint, every Vigil service ended with a prayer to the Mother of God to protect and help us. In July 2016, the mission was honored with the presence of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God. During the akathist, with the blessing of Archbishop Kyrill of the Western American Diocese, the mission was named after the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God.
The future: It is our goal and hope to develop the mission into a proper parish. With a permanent location where services can be served on a regular basis, we’ll be able to better meet the spiritual needs of Orthodox Christians in the area.
If you are interested in attending, please see our Schedule page. Currently services are held twice a month and, as such, the schedule is updated on a monthly basis.