Saint John of Kronstadt ( )
(October 19, 1829,
Sura, Arkhangelsk–December 20, 1908, Kronstadt) was a Russian
Orthodox archpriest and member of the
synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Saint John of Kronstadt.
was a striking and somewhat unconventional figure in his
personality but was deeply pious and immensely energetic. He was
one of the most internationally famous and beloved Orthodox
Christian clerics of his time.
He was born as Ivan Ilyich Sergiyev
( ) in 1829.
he worked as a priest in Saint Andrew's cathedral in Kronstadt. Here, he greatly committed himself to
charity, especially for those who were remote from the church, and
travelled extensively throughout the Russian empire.
He was a member of the right Sojuz Russkogo Naroda
(Alliance of the
Russian people), but did not commit himself politically. He was
already greatly venerated at the time he died.
He was canonized by the Russian Orthodox
Church Outside of Russia
in 1964 and by the Russian Orthodox Church
largest monastery of St Petersburg (by community size) is dedicated to St John of