Nicholas (Nalimov) of Vladimir

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His Eminence, the Most Reverend Nicholas (Nalimov) of Vladimir and Suzdal was a bishop of the Church of Russia and the second archbishop of the Diocese of Finland serving during the period from 1899 to 1905.

Life

Nicholas Alexrandorvich Nalimov was born on July 17, 1852 in Novaya Ladoga near Lake Lodoga in Russia. After Nicholas completed his basic education through high school and college, he was tonsured a monk in 1885 with the name Nicholas. In 1886, he was appointed to lead the Smolensk Seminary as an archimandrite. In 1889, he moved to the position of rector of the seminary at the Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg. In 1890, he was consecrated Bishop of Ladoga, vicar to the Eparchy of St. Petersburg. A few years later he was appointed Bishop of Saratov and Tsaritsin.

In 1899, Bp. Nicholas was appointed Archbishop of Finland. During the period of his episcopate, Abp. Nicholas was confronted with unrest by the Finnish population to the Russian presence. Repressive measures by the imperial government reflected on his efforts as church leader who was from the Russian Church.

During his administration, Abp. Nicholas established a large number of religious schools in the Karelian area of Finland. He also sponsored the construction of a number of new churches, including the large Ss. Nicholas, completed in 1903, and Alexander Nevsky Church in Kuopio and St. Nicholas Church in Tuusula.

The status of the Orthodox Church in Finland was confirmed during his tenure, although it was not popular with the Finnish national figures. Their discontent was due to political and not idealogical dissatisfaction. After the Russian loss in the Russo-Japanese war and the assassination of the Finnish Governor-General Nicholas Bobrikov in 1904, Abp. Nicholas was transferred in 1905 to Georgia as the Archbishop of Tbilisi.

Later Abp. Nicholas was appointed Archbishop of Vladimir and Suzdal. He reposed in 1914 at the age of 61.

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Nicholas (Nalimov) of Vladimir
Preceded by:
Mitrophan (Nevsky)
Bishop of Ladoga
Vicar to Eparchy of St. Petersburg

1890-1892
Succeeded by:
Melchizedek (Payevsky)
Preceded by:
Avraamy (Letnitsky)
Bishop of Saratov and Tsaritsyn
1893-1899
Succeeded by:
John (Kratirov)
Preceded by:
Anthony (Vadkovsky)
Archbishop of Finland
1899-1905
Succeeded by:
Sergius (Stragorodsky)
Preceded by:
Alexius (Opotsky)
Archbishop of Tbilisi
1905-1906
Succeeded by:
Nikon (Sofiysky)
Preceded by:
Nikon (Sofiysky)
Archbishop of Vladimir and Suzdal
1906-1914
Succeeded by:
Alexius (Dorodnitsyn)
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