Alexander (Mogilev) of Astana and Almaty
His Eminence Metropolitan Alexander (Mogilev) of Astana and Almaty is the ruling bishop of the Eparchy of Astana and Almaty of the Russian Orthodox Church and First Hierarch of the Orthodox Church in Kazakhstan.
Metropolitan Alexander was born on May 18, 1957 as Alexander Gennadiyevich Mogilev in Kirov, USSR, to a working class family, and was baptized in honor of St. Alexander Nevsky. He studied at Kirov secondary school № 14 from 1963 to 1974. He continued his education at the Leningrad Theological Seminary from 1977 to 1979 and then continued at the Leningrad Theological Academy from 1977 to 1980. After graduation he returned to Kirov to serve as the secretary to Bishop Chrysanthus (Chepil) of Kirov and Sloboda. On August 1, 1983, he was ordained a deacon and followed the next day a priest by Bp. Chrysanthus. In December 1983, he was appointed sacristan and, in 1985, he was elevated to the rank of archpriest. From 1986 to 1989, he served as Secretary of the Diocesan Administration of Kirov.
On September 13, 1989, Father Alexander was elected Bishop of Kostroma and Galich by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. On September 21, Fr. Alexander was tonsured a monk with the name Alexander, honoring St. Alexander of Svir. On September 24, he was elevated to the rank of archimandrite. Then, on September 27, he was consecrated Bishop of Kostroma and Galich in the Epiphany Cathedral of Moscow in a service celebrated by Metropolitan [[Vladimir (Sabodan) of Kiev|Vladimir (Sabodan) of Rostov and Novocherkassk, Chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate]].
In 1990, Bp. Alexander graduated from the Moscow Theological Academy with a degree in theology with a Thesis titled: "Martyr Nicodemus, Archbishop of Kostroma and Galich (1868-1938 gg.)". On February 25, 1994, Bp. Alexander was elevated to the rank of archbishop.
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