Sabbas (Volkov) of Tiraspol

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His Grace Sabbas or Savva (Volkov) of Tiraspol and Dubossarsk is the ruling hierarch of the Diocese of Tiraspol and Dubossary in Transnistria under the jurisdiction of the Church of Russia.


Sergei Alexandrovich Volkov was born on September 27, 1958 at Shigon in Mordovia, Russia into a working class family. In 1967, he moved with his parents to the city of Saransk, also in Mordovia, where he completed eighth grade in the public middle school. In 1974, he entered the railway associated Ruzaevsky College, through which he worked on the railways.

From 1977 to 1980, Sergei studied at the Moscow Theological Seminary. During years 1980 to 1986 Sergei studied at the Moscow Theological Academy (except for the period of 1982 to 1984, when he served in the Soviet Army at the nuclear test site near Semipalatinsk). He graduated from the seminary with a degree in theology after defending his thesis on moral theology, titled "Christian doctrine of the moral dignity of man."

In February 1986, Sergei joined the monks at the Danilov Monastery and served an obedience from May 1987 to January 1989, as steward covering Danilov Monastery. Also, during the years 1986 to 1989 he studied in the graduate school. From January 1989 to October 1990 he served an obedience to the assistant governor of the monastery for the reception of foreign guests.

On April 10, 1986, in the lower church, dedicated to the Holy Virgin, of the Church of the Holy Fathers of the Seven Ecumenical Councils located in St. Daniel Monastery, the Archimandrite Eulogius (Smirnov) tonsured Sergei a rassophore with the name of Paul. Then, on May 18, 1986 at Holy Trinity Cathedral of Danilov Monastery, Metropolitan Alexis (Ridiger) of Leningrad and Ladoga ordained Paul to the diaconate.

On December 26, 1986, Archimandrite Panteleimon (Dolganova) tonsured Dcn. Paul a monk with the name Sava in honor of St. Sabbas Storozhevsky of Zvenigorod[1] at Danilov Monastery's Holy Trinity Cathedral. On January 6, 1987, Christmas Eve(oc), Father Sava was ordained to the priesthood by the Metropolitan of Volokolamskoye Yurievsky Pitirim (Nechayev) at the Cathedral of the Resurrection. Then, on June 3, 1987, Fr. Sava was elevated to the rank of igumen in the Cathedral of the Epiphany by Patriarch Pimen (Izvekov). On March 17, 1988, a feast day of the Danilov Monastery, Fr. Sava was elevated to the rank of archimandrite at Holy Trinity Cathedral by Metropolitan Methodius (Nemtsov) of Voronezh and Lipetsk.

On October 16, 1990, Fr. Sava was transferred the Eparchy of Moscow as rector responsible for the restoration the Church of the Ascension of Christ at the Serpukhov Gate. In 1994, he founded an orphanage at the church of Russian New Martyrs and Confessors.

On July 16, 1995, the Holy Synod elected Archimandrite Sava (Volkov) Bishop of Krasnogorsk, vicar of the Moscow Eparchy and chairman of the Department of the Moscow Patriarchate that supports the Russian Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies, a position in which he served until July 17, 2001.

On September 12, 1995, Archimandrite Sava was consecrated Bishop of Krasnogorsk, Vicar of the Moscow Diocese, at Holy Trinity Cathedral of Danilov Monastery in Moscow. His consecration, which was held at the Divine Liturgy in celebration of the relics of Ss. Prince Alexander Nevsky and Prince Daniel of Moscow, was celebrated by a number of hierarchs led by Patriarch Alexius II of Moscow. These hierarchs included Metropolitans Juvenal of Krutitsky and Kolomna and Methodius of Voronezh and Lipetsk, Archbishops Seraphim of Penza and Kuznetsk, Eulogius of Vladimir and Suzdal and Sergius of Solnechnogorsk a Vicar of the Moscow Diocese, and Bishops Panteleimon of Archangelsk and Murmansk, Victor of Tver and Kashin and Anthony of Krasnoyarsk and the Yenisei, and the Vicars of the Moscow Diocese Bishops Arsenius of Istra, Tikhon of Bronnitsy, Innocent of Dmitrovs, Eugene of Vereyа and Alexis of Orekhovo-Zuyevo.

On March 5, 2010, the Holy Synod appointed Bp. Savva as the ruling hierarch of the Diocese of Tiraspol and Dubossarsk, a diocese in Transnistria, a country not recognized by many countries.

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Sabbas (Volkov) of Tiraspol
Preceded by:
Bishop of Krasnogorsk
Vicar of Diocese of Moscow

Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Justinian (Ovchinnikov)
Bishop of Tiraspol and Dubossarsk
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