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(Brianchaninov), Ignatius

St. Ignatius (Branchininov) was one of the leading spiritual writers of 19th Century Russia.  He became a monk in 1831 and the bishop of the Caucasus and the Black Sea in 1857.  He devoted much of his life to writing spiritual works. .....

(Drozdov), Filaret

St. Filaret (Drozodov) was Metropolitan of Moscow from 1826 until his death in 1867.  In his youth he studied at the Kolomna and later the Holy Trinity Theological Seminary at the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra.  Upon graduation he became a professor of Greek and Hebrew. .....

(Gribanovsky), Anastasy

Metropolitan Anastasy (Gribanovsky) (1873–1965) was the second First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. He was born into a priest’s family in the Tambov Province of Imperial Russia. He went on to study at Moscow Theological Academy under Archimandrite (later Metropolitan) Anthony (Khrapovitsky), the future head of ROCOR. .....

(Khrapovitsky), Anthony

Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) (1863–1936) was the founding First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. He studied at the St. Petersburg Theological Academy, where he was tonsured a monk and later become its rector. .....

(Krasnopevkov), Benjamin

Archbishop Benjamin (Krasnopevkov) (1739–1811) was a Russian Orthodox hierarch and spiritual writer of the 18th century. He studied at St. Alexander Nevsky Seminary in St. Petersburg, where he was tonsured a monk. He soon became a priest and then a bishop, serving the Russian Church in Novgorod, Arkhangelsk, and finally Nizhny Novgorod, where he became its ruling archbishop. .....

(Krassovsky), Roman

Hieromonk Roman (Krassovsky) is the acting head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. Before that he was for nearly thirty years at Holy Trinity Monastery (Jordanville, NY), where he directed the choir, edited the monastery periodical Pravoslavnaia Rus', and baked prosphora, among many other tasks. .....

(Medvedev), Antony

Archbishop Anthony (Medvedev) (1908–2000) served for over thirty years as the Archbishop of San Francisco in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Born and raised in pre-revolutionary Russia, he served in the White Army during the Russian Civil War and later became a monk. .....

(Moore), Lazarus

Archimandrite Lazarus (Moore) (1902–1992) was a translator and missionary priest. He translated numerous spiritual works into English, including the Life of St. Seraphim of Sarov, the Psalter, theLadder of Divine Ascent, and the first English edition of the Jordanville Prayer Book. .....

(Nizhnik), Panteleimon

Archimandrite Panteleimon was the founder and first abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery, in Jordanville New York.  Father Panteleimon was born Peter Nizhnik on January 16, 1895 in the village of Rechitsa, Grodno Province, Russia. .....

(Pogodin), Amvrosii

Archimandrite Amvrosii (Pogodin) (1925–2004) was a Church History scholar who translated many works of the Greek Church Fathers and other historical material for Russian periodicals. He also served as a parish priest for the Moscow Patriarchate, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and the Orthodox Church in America. .....

(Postnikov), Gregory

Metropolitan Gregory (Postnikov) of St. Petersburg was a leading bishop of the nineteenth century Russian Orthodox Church. Known for his generosity, he freely gave away all that he earned to those in need.

(Sebriakova), Arsenia

Abbess Arsenia (born Anna Mikhailovna Sebriakova) was the long-tenured superior of the Transfiuguration Monastery, serving for over 45 years in that position during the second half of the 19th century. Well known in her native Don region, she corresponded with luminaries of her time, including P. .....

(Taushev), Averky

Archbishop Averky (Taushev) (1906–1976) was the fourth abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery (Jordanville, NY). He was born in Imperial Russia, but had to leave the country with his family in the wake of the Russian Revolution. .....

(Zertsalov), Anatoly

St. Anatoly of Optina was born on March 24, 1824 in the village of Bobolya, and named Alexis at birth.  From his youth he expressed a desire for the monastic life, and after a visit to the Optina monastery he became a novice there. .....

Andreev, I. M.

Ivan Andreev (1894–1976) was a professor at Holy Trinity Seminary, where he taught apologetics, church history, literature, moral theology, and psychology. He was born in St. Petersburg, and studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of St. .....

Baker, Matthew

Father Matthew Baker (+2015) was adjunct professor in Theology at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and received his Ph.D. posthumously from Fordham University. He was a priest in the Orthodox Church.

Belovolov, Gennady

Archpriest Gennady Belovlov is the the Museum Director for the Memorial Apartment of St. John of Kronstadt in St. Petersburg and pastor of the Church of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian. 

Birchall, Christopher

Christopher Birchall, an Englishman now living in Vancouver, is a deacon in the Russian Orthodox Church. He was educated at The Royal College of St. Peter in Westminster, London, received a Bachelors of Theology from the State University of New York, and earned an M.A. in Russian Language & Literature from Norwich University in Vermont. .....

Black, Lydia

Dr Lydia Black was a renowned historian and anthropologist of Russian America, who taught for many years at the University of Alaska. Her other works include Russian in Alaska, 1732 – 1867 and The Journals of Iakov Netsvetov: The Yukon Years, 1845 -1863. .....

Chesnokov, Zinoviy

Zinoviy Chesnokov was born in 1988, in Schepetovka,a small city in Western Ukraine. For many years Zinoviy’s father was the cell-attendant of Elder Zenobius, and named his firstborn son in his honor, at his birth three years after the Elder’s repose. .....

Chevalkov, Mikhail

Mikhail Chevalkov was a man of great moral courage and integrity. He was a pioneer both in his missionary work and in the establishment of the Altai language as a vehicle for literature. Chevalkov was illiterate until his late teens, when he largely taught himself Russian, yet he became an invaluable translator to the missionaries and to the orientalists who studied his people in the 1860s. .....

Danckaert, Seraphim

Seraphim Danckaert is Director of Mission Advancement at St Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary and currently a Ph.D. candidate in theology at the Amsterdam Centre of Eastern Orthodox Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is a reader in the Orthodox Church.

Derrick, Anya Berezina

Anya Berezina Derrick was born in Belgrade, of Russian parents. She worked as a volunteer nurse in Jerusalem and as a librarian at a West Bank University. She holds M.A.’s in both Russian Language and Literature and Library Sciences. .....

Dosenovich, Vojislav

Fr. Vojislav Dosenovich (1916–2008) was the parish priest of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church from 1948–2005. During World War II he was involved in the Serbian Resistance against Nazi Germany. After the war he emigrated to the United States, where he was ordained to the priesthood by St. .....

Erastov, Andrei

Hieromonk Andrei Erastov is a former iconographer at Holy Trinity Monastery, where he trained under Archimandrite Cyprian (Pizhov) in the Jordanville tradition of iconography. He has frescoed a number of churches, including St. .....

Gogol, Nikolai

 Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) was one of the foremost Russian writers of the 19th Century. A leading voice of the school of Russian literary realism, he is well known for his short stories, satires, and plays.  He was also a deeply religious man, and published a less well known book of commentary on the Divine Liturgy. .....

James, David

David Mitchell James studied French, Russian and Greek at McGill University, from which he received a B.A. in Byzantine & Eastern European History in 1971. He was received into Orthodoxy on Lazarus Saturday 1969 at SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral in Montreal by the V. Rev. George Benigsen. After graduation, he served in the U. .....

Kenworthy, Scott

Dr Scott M. Kenworthy is Associate Professor of Comparative Religion at Miami University in Ohio. He earned his doctorate in history from Brandeis University and was the recipient of the 2010 Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History for his first book The Heart of Russia: Trinity-Sergius, Monasticism, and Society after 1825 (Oxford University Press, 2010). .....

Korsun, Sergei

Sergei Korsun, Cand. Sc., is the Chief Specialist in the Department of America within The Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography in St Petersburg, Russia.

Kotar, Nicholas

Nicholas Kotar is a recent graduate of Holy Trinity Seminary and an assistant editor at Holy Trinity Publications in Jordanville, NY. He also has a degree in Russian Literature from UC Berkeley. Having begun conducting with the youth choir in the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, Nicholas helped establish the St John of San Francisco Men’s Chorale, which has released two disks to date: Rejoice in Song and Chrysostom. .....

Ledkovsky, Boris

Boris Ledkovsky (1894–1975) was an eminent church composer of the Russian diaspora. He was born in southwest Russia, the son of Protopresbyter Michael Ledkovsky, a seminary dean. He studied at the local seminary and later the Moscow Conservatory, where he was heavily influenced by Alexander Kastalsky, the future director of the Moscow Synodal School of Church Music. .....

Lodyzhenskii, Mitrofan Vasilevich

Mitrofan Vasil’evich Lodyzhenskii (1852-1917) graduated from the Agricultural Institute in St. Petersburg in 1873, after which he worked as a senior forester in the Vologda province. He served as sheriff in the Tula province, and was chief of the Forestry Department, as well as the vice-governor of Semipalatinsk, and later Stavropol, and Mogilev. .....

Lukaszewicz, Claudia

Claudia Lukaszewicz (1859–1931) was a children’s writer and teacher. She started writing while a student; her first published poem was modestly signed “Schoolgirl.” She was a schoolteacher for many years and spent her time teaching Russian, putting together readers, and writing primers, textbooks, manuals on music and drama, as well as many stories for children. .....

Marinides, Nicholas

Nicholas Marinides is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Theology at the University of Basel. He is a reader in the Orthodox Church. 

Naumenko, Maria

Maria Naumenko is a priest's wife, author, and illustrator. 

Naumenko, Mary

Mary Naumenko is the wife of an Orthodox priest and has been involved in parish ministry for several decades. She recently earned an M.A. in Arts and Humanities from Faulkner University (Montgomery, AL). Her dissertation was on the patristic concept of the nous in the writings of Dostoevsky. .....

Nikiforov-Volgin, V.

Vasilii Nikiforov-Volgin (1900–1941) was a writer of short stories. He was born in the Volga region of Russia (from which he adopted the pen-name of “Volgin”) and later moved to the Baltic coast (Estonia) with his family. .....

Noble, Brittany Pheiffer

Brittany Pheiffer Noble is a doctoral candidate in Slavic Language and Literature at Columbia University.

Noble, Samuel

Samuel Noble is a researcher specializing in the history of Arab Christianity. He is the co-editor of "The Orthodox Church in the Arab World: An Anthology of Sources, 700-1700 (2014)".

Noble, Samuel

Samuel Noble is a doctoral candidate in Islamic Studies at Yale University. His dissertation is entitled "Muslim-Christian Polemic in 7th/13th Century Egypt." Additionally, Samuel is working with Alexander Treiger on a number of projects dealing with Arabic-speaking Orthodox Christianity, especially the Greek-to-Arabic translation movement of 11th-century Antioch. .....

of Alexandria, Athanasius

St. Athanasius of Alexandria was a prominent Christian theologian of the fourth century and the archbishop of Alexandria. A convert from paganism, he authored his most famous work, On the Incarnation, before the age of twenty. .....

of Novo Divievo Monastery, Mother Magdelena

Mother Magdalena was born and raised in the United States. Her family were Presbyterians, but whilst studying comparative religion in her early twenties she encountered the Orthodox Christian faith. The power and truth of its teaching led her to start attending an Orthodox church and reading copiously about the Faith. .....

of the Holy Mountain, Nikodim

Venerable Nikodim (Nikodemos) of the Holy Mountain (1749-1808) is one of the most well known Greek saints of recent times.  Having received an excellent education he entered monasticism on the Holy Mountain, where he labored in asceticism for many years, fighting for the purity of Church tradition. .....

of Triaditsa, Photius

Bishop Photius of Triaditsa was consecrated to the episcopacy on Janurary 4/17, 1993 by Metropolitan Cyprian of Fili, Abbot of the Monastery of Saints Cyprian and Justina.  Bishop Photius is the sole hierarch of the Old Calendarists in Bulgaria. .....

Panchenko, Constantin

Constantin A. Panchenko is an Associate Professor, Department of Middle and Near East History, Institute of Asian and African Studies, at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. He is the author of about 100 academic publications, including two monographs, collections of essays, articles and abstracts on the history of the Middle East. .....

Pheiffer Noble, Brittany

Brittany Pheiffer Noble is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University concentrating in Russian Intellectual History. Her dissertation is titled, “Medieval Culture and Modern Dissent: The Middle Ages in the Early Soviet Imagination”.

Pomazansky, Michael

Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky (1888–1988) was an eminent theologian of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Among his many written works, he is best known for his book Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, which has been praised for its straightforward presentation of Eastern Orthodox teaching and its firm basis in the writings of the Church Fathers. .....

Rimarenko, Eugenia

Eugenia Rimarenko was born into a family of prominent landowners in Poltava. She studied in St. Petersburg and Moscow. After the Russian Revolution, she made a pilgrimage to Optina Monastery, where Elder Anatoly the Younger helped strengthen her Orthodox faith. .....

Roddy, Nicolae

Nicolae Roddy is a professor of Old Testament at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and serves as a co-director for the Bethsaida Excavations Project in Israel.  He holds an M.A. in Orthodox Theology from St. Vladimir's Seminary and completed his doctoral studies in 1999 at the University of Iowa. .....

Sergiev, Ivan Ilyich

Ivan Ilyich Sergiev (1829-1908), known to his contemporaries as Fr John of Kronstadt, was the most revered figure of the Orthodox Church of Russia in the half-century leading up to the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. In 1964 the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia formally glorified him as a Saint. .....

Sienkiewicz, Henryk

Henryk Sienkewicz (1846–1916) was a Polish journalist and historical novelist. He was born into a noble family in Russian Poland. In his native Poland, he is known for his historical novels, set during the time of the independent Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, but internationally he is known for his novel Quo Vadis, set during the time of Nero’s persecution of Christians. .....

Silva, Sergio Tancredo Sette Camara E

Sergio Tancredo Sette Camara E Silva is a native of Brazil and a graduate of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York.  He is now a priest serving in South America.

Strickland, John

Archpriest John Strickland was born and educated in California. After discovering a love of Russian history and culture as an undergraduate at California State University, Fullerton, he went on to do research in St. Petersburg for two years. He obtained his MA in modern European history from the State University of New York , Stony Brook, and was awarded a Ph. .....

Sventitsky, Valentin

Archpriest Valentin Svenitsky was a spiritual son of Saint Anatoly the Younger of Optina, a popular defender of patristic spirituality, and a teacher of the Jesus Prayer.  Fr. Valentin was arrested by the Bolsheviks in 1928 for his defense of the Faith and sent to the Siberian region of Kansk, where he fell ill, and reposed in the Lord on October 17, 1931. .....

Swan, Jane

Dr Jane Swan (1925-2010) taught history at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and served as Director of the Women’s Center there. She earned her doctorate in Russian history from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Warden, John

Dr. John Warden, lives in Staffordshire, U.K. He was formerly lecturer in Russian and Soviet Studies at the University of Coventry in central England.

Williams, Nathan K.

Nathan K. Williams is a professional translator. He began his studies in Russian at Holy Trinity Seminary (Jordanville, NY), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology. He then continued his studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he received a master’s degree in Russian. .....

Woolfenden, Gregory

Igumen Gregory (Woolfenden) was born in 1946 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Brought up in the Roman Catholic Church, he obtained degrees in philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was ordained as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in 1977. .....


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