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John of Kronstadt

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[[image:Johnkronstadt.jpg|thumb|right|An [[icon]] of St. John of Kronstadt]] Our righteous father '''John of Kronstadt''' (Иоанн Кронштадский; [[October 19]], 1829, in Sura – [[December 20]], 1908, in Kronstadt) was an archpriest of the [[Church of Russia|Russian Orthodox Church]].
He was born as '''Ivan Ilyich Sergiyev''' (Иван Ильич Сергиев) in 1829. From 1855, he served as a [[priest]] in St. Andrew's [[cathedral]] in Kronstadt. Here, he greatly committed himself to charity, especially for those who were remote from the [[church]], and traveled extensively throughout the Russian empire. He was a member of the right extremist movement [[w:Black Hundred|Sojuz Russkogo Naroda]] (Alliance of the Russian people) but did not commit himself politically. He was already greatly [[veneration|venerated]] at the time he died. He was [[Glorification|glorified]] by the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia]] in 1964 and by the [[Church of Russia|Russian Orthodox Church]] on [[June 8]], 1990. [[John (Maximovitch) the Wonderworker|St. John Maximovitch]] of Shanghai and San Francisco played an active role in preparation of St. John's canonization <ref>''Blessed John the Wonderworker: A Preliminary Account of the Life and Miracles of Archbishop John Maximovitch''. Platina: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 1987.(ISBN 0938635018)</ref>.
Many churches around the world and Ioannovsky Convent, the second largest [[monastery]] in St. Petersburg (by community size) are dedicated to St. John of Kronstadt.
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