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Anthony (Medvedev) of San Francisco

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In 1932, Artemii Sergeevich was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] and given the name [[Anthony]]. In 1934, he was [[ordination|ordained]] a hierodeacon, followed in 1938 as a hieromonk.
In Milkovo, Fr. Anthony acted in the position of [[ecclesiarch]]. During [[w:World_War_II|World War II]], Hieromonk Anthony was a military [[chaplain]] in the Russian Corps of the Russian Liberation Movement. During this time he found himself at the Monastery of St [[Job of Pochaev]] in the Carpathian Mountains. Fr. Anthony developed a strong bond with the [[monastery]] brotherhood and after the war, he moved with the brotherhood to [[Holy Trinity Monastery (Jordanville, New York)|Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville]], New York, where he came under the spiritual leadership of [[Vitaly (Maximenko) of Jersey City|Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko)]], who led him to missionary work. [[Igumen|Hegumen]], and later [[Archimandrite]], Anthony established a number of new [[parish]]es in places where Russian refugees settled. Also, he temporarily served as administrator of the parishes of Western Canada.
In 1956, Archimandrite Anthony was consecrated Bishop of Melbourne, [[auxiliary bishop|Vicar]] of the Australian Diocese of ROCOR. In Australia, he worked closely with the Russian liturgist Protopriest Rostislav Gan. Bp. Anthony also work there with the future First Hierarch of the ROCOR, Metropolitan [[Philaret (Voznesensky) of New York|Philaret (Voznesensky)]].
After the repose of Abp. [[John Maximovitch|John of Shanghai and San Francisco]] in 1964 Bp. Anthony was assigned to the vacant Western American [[cathedra]] in San Francisco arriving there in 1968. Also, in 1968 he was elevated to the rank of [[archbishop]]. Wherever he served, Vladyka Anthony paid special attention to work with young people and parish schools. Through his efforts the decisiveness that had arisen in San Francisco earlier in the decade Abp. Anthony was able to restored peace and unity within the [[diocese]].
In 1978, Abp. Anthony became a member of the [[Holy Synod of Bishops of ROCOR|Synod of Bishops]] and took part in organizing the Councils of Bishops. As hegumen and archimandrite, he prepared the [[Typikon]] with instructions for divine services as an addendum to the Holy Trinity Monastery Calendar. He was active in maintaining the church Ustav (rule of services) and divine services. Under the direction of the Synod of Bishops, he prepared texts for the services for St [[Herman of Alaska]], St [[John of Kronstadt]], and St John of Shanghai and San Francisco, as well as the prayers to [[All Russian Saints]], and St [[Xenia of St. Petersburg|Blessed Xenia of St Petersburg]]. Abp. Anthony wrote the entire service to the [[New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia]]. Abp. Anthony was active in the preparation work for the glorification of St John of Shanghai. Abp. Anthony headed the committee responsible for examination of the remains of St John in 1993, as well as performing all the preparations for his glorification, including composing most of the service to St John.
By the end of 1999, Abp Anthony's health began to falter. On [[January 1]], 2000 he was granted a leave of absence by the Synod of Bishops for rest and medical treatment in order to regain his health. During this time Bp. Kyrill (Dmitrieff) of Seattle was assigned as temporary administrator of the Western American Diocese. During the year, Abp. Anthony continued to conduct services as his health allowed. By September 2000, his health had deteriorated greatly, and on [[September 22]], 2000 Abp. Anthony reposed in Our Lord.

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