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'''Fr. Elias Wen''' ( ''Wén Zǐzhèng'' [文子正] in Chinese)(born [[November 19]], 1896) was the oldest Clergyman of the [[Orthodox Church]], when he died, on [[June 8]], 2007, at the age of 110, in San Francisco, California.
 
'''Fr. Elias Wen''' ( ''Wén Zǐzhèng'' [文子正] in Chinese)(born [[November 19]], 1896) was the oldest Clergyman of the [[Orthodox Church]], when he died, on [[June 8]], 2007, at the age of 110, in San Francisco, California.
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[[Image:frelias.jpg|right|thumb|Fr. Elias Wen at the age of 110]]
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Fr. Elias converted to the Orthodox Christian Faith at the age of 7, in Beijing.  From 1905 to 1916 he studied at the Russian Orthodox Mission school in Beijing, and then at the seminary there from 1916 until 1925.  He was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] in 1924, and a [[priest]] in 1925.  In 1946 he became the [[rector]] of the [http://www.orthodox.cn/history/shanghai/shanghaicathedral_en.htm The Surety of Sinners, Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Shanghai] and served under [[John Maximovitch|St. John (Maximovitch)]]. In 1949, he fled China to [[Hong Kong]], as the Communists took over the mainland, and in 1957 he was transferred to [http://www.wadiocese.com/wad.php the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco], where he again served under St. John.  He served at this [[cathedral]] for the remainder of his life. Fr. Elias is survived by five sons, one daughter, 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. .”<ref>[http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/06/11/MNWENPROTO14.DTL ''WEN, Protopresbyter Elias'', June 11, 2007, San Francisco Chronicle]</ref>
  
Fr. Elias converted to the Orthodox Christian Faith at the age of 7, in Beijing.  From 1905 to 1916 he studied at the Russian Orthodox Mission school in Beijing, and then at the Seminary there from 1916 until 1925.  He was ordained a deacon in 1924, and a priest in 1925.  In 1946 he became the rector of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Shanghai, and served under [[John Maximovitch|St. John (Maximovitch)]]. In 1949, he fled China to [[Hong Kong]], as the Communists took over the mainland, and in 1957 he was transferred to the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, where he again served under St. John.  He remained at this cathedral for remainder of his life.
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[http://www.orthodox.cn/contemporary/shanghai/frelias_en.htm Orthodoxy in China: Protopresbyter Elias Wen]
 
[http://www.orthodox.cn/contemporary/shanghai/frelias_en.htm Orthodoxy in China: Protopresbyter Elias Wen]
  
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Latest revision as of 18:10, September 21, 2009

Fr. Elias Wen with St. John of Shanghai

Fr. Elias Wen ( Wén Zǐzhèng [文子正] in Chinese)(born November 19, 1896) was the oldest Clergyman of the Orthodox Church, when he died, on June 8, 2007, at the age of 110, in San Francisco, California.

Fr. Elias Wen at the age of 110

Fr. Elias converted to the Orthodox Christian Faith at the age of 7, in Beijing. From 1905 to 1916 he studied at the Russian Orthodox Mission school in Beijing, and then at the seminary there from 1916 until 1925. He was ordained a deacon in 1924, and a priest in 1925. In 1946 he became the rector of the The Surety of Sinners, Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Shanghai and served under St. John (Maximovitch). In 1949, he fled China to Hong Kong, as the Communists took over the mainland, and in 1957 he was transferred to the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, where he again served under St. John. He served at this cathedral for the remainder of his life. Fr. Elias is survived by five sons, one daughter, 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. .”[1]

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Orthodoxy in China: Protopresbyter Elias Wen

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