Symeon (Du) of Shanghai

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His Grace [[Bishop]] '''Symeon (Du) of Shanghai''' was one of the bishops in the Autonomous [[Church of China|Chinese Orthodox Church]].
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[[Image:SymeonDu.jpg|230px|right|Bishop Symeon (Du) of Shanghai (1886-1965).]]
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His Grace, the Right Reverend '''Simeon (Du Runchen) of Shanghai''' was the [[bishop]] of Shanghai of the [[Church of China]] during the middle of the twentieth century.
  
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==Life==
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Born Fyodor Du on [[February 11]], 1886 in China, Fyodor was a descendent of the Russian cossacks from Albazin who were settled in Beijing in 1685 after the Russian settlement of Albazin was destroyed by the Chinese army. His father was a church [[reader]].
  
==Timeline==
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He and his family escaped miraculously from the mobs of the Boxer (Yihetuan Movement) Rebellion of 1900.
*1865: The Russian Cossack-Albazinian ancestors of the future bishop settle in Beijing.
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*1886 Feb 11: Fyodor Du born into the family of a church reader.
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Fyodor attended theological courses at [[seminary]] classes of the [[Russian Orthodox Mission in China|Russian Orthodox Mission]] in Beijing. He completed these courses in 1904. After completing his studies he continued his activities at the mission as a reader and catechist. In 1908, Bishop [[Innocent (Figurovsky) of Beijing|Innocent]], chief of the mission, [[ordination|ordained]] Fyodor a [[deacon]], at the age of 22. Bp. Innocent appointed him to serve at the mission metochion, the Annunciation Church, in Harbin. In addition to his duties as deacon, Fyodor served as a [[missionary]], the treasurer, and manager of the [[parish]]’s office in Harbin.  
*1900: Boxer Rebellion occurs.  His father, close relatives and himself miraculously escape death.
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*1904: Fyodor completes theological seminary at the Orthodox Mission, Beijing. Serves as [[reader]] and catechist.
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With the arrival of many refugee Christians from Russia in 1919, he was active in publishing Russian textbooks for the schools in Harbin.
*1908: Fyodor ordained to [[diaconate]] by Bishop Innokenty (Figurovsky).  Assigned to Church of the Annunciation at metochion of the Mission in Harbin. Serves as deacon, missionary, treasurer and office manager.
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*1919: Dcn Fyodor worked on publishing Russian textbooks for Harbian schools.
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His life as a missionary took him to many cities in China, including Shanghai, Hankou, Haimin, Kaifeng, Weihou, and Mukden, as well as to localities in Manchuria. In 1932, he was assigned to duties in Tianjin where, in 1934, he was elevated to protodeacon.  
*1920-32: Began much missionary work in Shanghai, Hankou, Haimin, Kaifeng, Zhangde, Weihou, Baodingfu, Kalgan, Mukden Qiqihar and some Manchurian stations.
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*1932: Dcn Fyodor lived in Tianjin.
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On [[September 16]], 1941, Dn. Fyodor was ordained to the [[priest]]hood and made priest-in-charge of the St Innocent Mission Church in Tainjin. In 1943, he was elevated to [[archpriest]] and in 1945, he was awarded a “palitza”. In early 1950, Fr. Fyodor traveled to the Soviet Union, where he accompanied Patriarch [[Alexei I (Simansky) of Moscow|Alexei]] to a conference in Tblisi, Georgia, of the Russian, Georgian, and Armenian Churches.
*1934: Dcn Fyodor elevated to Protodeacon.
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*1941 Sep 16: Ordained to the [[Priest]]hood.  Fr Fyodor appointed to St Innocent Mission Church.
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On [[July 23]], 1950, Fr. Fyodor was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] at [[Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra|Trinity-Sergius Lavra]] and given the name Symeon. Two days later he was raised to the dignity of [[archimandrite]]. On [[July 30]], 1950, Arch. Simeon was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] Bishop of Tianjin in the [[Cathedral of the Annunciation (Moscow Kremlin)|Cathedral of the Annunciation]] in Moscow. The celebrants in the consecration were: Patriarch Alexei, Metr. Nicholas of Krutisk and Kolomna, Metr. Elevfery of Prague, Abp. [[Victor (Svyatin) of Krasnodar and Kuban|Victor of Beijing]], Bp. Flavian of Orlov and Briansk, and Bp. Gabriel of Vologda and Cherepvetsk.
*1943: Elevated to [[Archpriest]].
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*1945: Fr Fyodor was awarded [[Epigonation|Palitza]].
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On [[September 26]], 1950, Bp. Simeon was installed as Bishop of Shanghai.
*1950 Jul 23: Tonsured a monk with the name Symeon.
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::Jul 25: Elevated to Archimandrite
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Bp.  Simeon reposed on [[March 3]], 1965.
::Jul 30: Consecrated Bishop of Tianjin. Bp Symeon was consecrated in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Annunciation, Moscow, by Patriarch Alexii, Metropolitan Nikolai of Krutisk and Kolomna, Metropolitan Elevferii of Prague and All-Czechoslovakia, Archbishop Victor (Svjatin) of Beijing and China, Bishop Flavian of Orlov and Briansk and Bishop Gavriil of Vologda and Cherepvetsk.
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::Sep 26: Bishop Symeon was transferred to be Bishop of Shanghai.
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*1960's: Bishop Symeon reposed during the Cultural Revolution.
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==External Links==
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==Source==
[http://orthodox.cn/history/shanghai/simeondu_en.htm Biography] on Orthodoxy in China.
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*[http://orthodox.cn/localchurch/shanghai/simeondu_en.htm Biography] on Orthodoxy in China.
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==External link==
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*[http://www.orthodox.cn/localchurch/pozdnyaev/4_en.htm  Chinese Orthodox Church on the Path to Autonomy]
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*[http://orthodox.cn/localchurch/pozdnyaev/5_en.htm  Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church]
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Latest revision as of 15:33, February 28, 2012

Bishop Symeon (Du) of Shanghai (1886-1965).

His Grace, the Right Reverend Simeon (Du Runchen) of Shanghai was the bishop of Shanghai of the Church of China during the middle of the twentieth century.

Life

Born Fyodor Du on February 11, 1886 in China, Fyodor was a descendent of the Russian cossacks from Albazin who were settled in Beijing in 1685 after the Russian settlement of Albazin was destroyed by the Chinese army. His father was a church reader.

He and his family escaped miraculously from the mobs of the Boxer (Yihetuan Movement) Rebellion of 1900.

Fyodor attended theological courses at seminary classes of the Russian Orthodox Mission in Beijing. He completed these courses in 1904. After completing his studies he continued his activities at the mission as a reader and catechist. In 1908, Bishop Innocent, chief of the mission, ordained Fyodor a deacon, at the age of 22. Bp. Innocent appointed him to serve at the mission metochion, the Annunciation Church, in Harbin. In addition to his duties as deacon, Fyodor served as a missionary, the treasurer, and manager of the parish’s office in Harbin.

With the arrival of many refugee Christians from Russia in 1919, he was active in publishing Russian textbooks for the schools in Harbin.

His life as a missionary took him to many cities in China, including Shanghai, Hankou, Haimin, Kaifeng, Weihou, and Mukden, as well as to localities in Manchuria. In 1932, he was assigned to duties in Tianjin where, in 1934, he was elevated to protodeacon.

On September 16, 1941, Dn. Fyodor was ordained to the priesthood and made priest-in-charge of the St Innocent Mission Church in Tainjin. In 1943, he was elevated to archpriest and in 1945, he was awarded a “palitza”. In early 1950, Fr. Fyodor traveled to the Soviet Union, where he accompanied Patriarch Alexei to a conference in Tblisi, Georgia, of the Russian, Georgian, and Armenian Churches.

On July 23, 1950, Fr. Fyodor was tonsured a monk at Trinity-Sergius Lavra and given the name Symeon. Two days later he was raised to the dignity of archimandrite. On July 30, 1950, Arch. Simeon was consecrated Bishop of Tianjin in the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Moscow. The celebrants in the consecration were: Patriarch Alexei, Metr. Nicholas of Krutisk and Kolomna, Metr. Elevfery of Prague, Abp. Victor of Beijing, Bp. Flavian of Orlov and Briansk, and Bp. Gabriel of Vologda and Cherepvetsk.

On September 26, 1950, Bp. Simeon was installed as Bishop of Shanghai.

Bp. Simeon reposed on March 3, 1965.

Succession box:
Symeon (Du) of Shanghai
Preceded by:
unknown
Bishop of Tianjin
1950
Succeeded by:
unknown
Preceded by:
John (Maximovitch)
Bishop of Shanghai
1950-1965
Succeeded by:
unknown
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