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Simeon Michiro Mii

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In March 1893, after the couple lost their first-born son Alexander, Simeon chose to enter the [[clergy]]. He was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] by Bp. Nicholas in January 1894, and then a [[priest]] one month later in February. With his high intellectual ability and advanced education, Fr. Simeon rose rapidly. In addition to his clerical duties Fr. Simeon became the publisher-of-record of the new Japanese Orthodox theological journal ''Shinkai'' (Divine Sea), holding this position for the next six years.
For his first [[parish]] Bp. Nicholas assigned Fr. Simeon to the church in Kyoto, an important Japanese cultural center and former imperial capital, with additional duties of making periodic pastoral visits to missions in western Honshu. As his parish grew he found a need for a larger church building. Receiving Bp. Nicholas’ Nicholas' approval he managed the construction of the '''Church of the Annunciation''' as a building worthy of the the cultural importance of its location in Kyoto. Construction of the church began in late 1898 and was [[consecration of a church|consecrated]] in May 1903. The [[iconostasis]] and bell were donated by Russian citizens. Also, presented to the new church was a [[Gospel]] inscribed with a greeting by Fr. [[John of Kronstadt]].
The on-set of the Russo-Japanese war 1904 brought Fr. Simeon more work. Although Bp. Nicholas refrained from active affairs in the Japanese Church, he asked that Fr. Simeon administer to the Russian prisoners of war. With his thorough knowledge of the Russian language, Fr. Simeon spent the war years serving the internment camps around Kyoto and Nagoya in addition to his own parish duties. In 1906, Fr. Simeon was awarded a gold commemorative pectoral cross by Czar Nicholas II in honor of Bp. Nicholas’ Nicholas' elevation to [[Archbishop]] and the established of the Japanese mission as an independent archdiocese of the [[Church of Russia]] as well as for Fr.Simeon’s Simeon's efforts on behalf of the Russian prisoners held in Japan.
With the arrival of Bp. Sergius in 1908 as Bishop of Kyoto, Fr. Simeon began a long time association with him. Fr. Simeon became Bp. Sergius’ Sergius' chief assistant when Bp. Sergius succeeded Abp. Nicholas in 1912 following his death. Abp. Sergius, who had been Dean of the St Petersburg Theological Academy, and Fr. Simeon, who alone among the Japanese priests had studied in Russia and knew Russian well, proved to be compatible. Fr. Simeon moved to Tokyo in July 1912, to take up residence at the [[Holy Resurrection Cathedral (Tokyo, Japan)|Kanda Surugadai]] property. In April 1917, Fr. Simeon was raised to the rank of [[protopresbyter]] by the [[Holy Synod]] of Russia.
Also in 1917, Fr. Simeon was named Abp. Sergius’ Sergius' personal representative to the All Russia Sobor of 1917. He thus became an eyewitness and participant of the events of that year in Moscow. He alone among the Japanese Orthodox clergy was a participant in the discussions during the Sobor and the reinstitution of the [[Patriarchate]]. He also witnessed the happenings in Moscow during the Bolshevik takeover. He was also able to meet again with old friends, former missionary priests, former classmates at the Kiev Academy, and former prisoners of war from the Japanese internment camps, many who had risen to high positions in the Russian church hierarchy. After attending the consecration ceremonies for the new Patriarch [[Tikhon of Moscow|Tikhon]] on [[November 21]], 1917, Fr. Simeon departed for Japan in company with a number of Siberian bishops, finally reaching Tokyo on the last day of the year.
Fr. Simeon, with three other Russian speaking Japanese priests, returned to Siberia in mid-1918 at the behest of the Japanese Government to generate goodwill by providing relief services as part of the so-called ''Siberian Intervention'' by Allied military forces supporting White Russian partisans in Siberia. He returned to Tokyo before Christmas 1918. On returning, Fr. Simeon presented his report on the relief effort to the new Japanese Prime Minister, Kei Hara, Fr. Simeon’s Simeon's former schoolmate.
In the Great Kanto earthquake of [[September 1]], 1923 Fr. Simeon and his family lost their home and possessions as did so many in the Tokyo area. Beside his personal losses his church also lost everything and the great Nicolai-do cathedral was severely damaged. In the recovery and re-building effort Fr. Simeon remained in charge of the General Directorate of the Church in Tokyo to coordinate, with Abp. Sergius, the recovery efforts of the various committees for financing and rebuilding, jobs that could no longer look to outside support from Russia following the Bolshevik Revolution. Fr. Simeon continued to serve the Japanese Church in an administrative capacity through the next two decades, providing an important force keeping the church together as it weathered difficult times.

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