Seraphim (Sigrist) of Sendai

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His Grace, the Right Reverend Bishop Seraphim (Sigrist) of Sendai is a retired bishop of the Church of Japan. He was born in Nyack, New York. He was educated at Nyack College and later attended St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York, graduating in 1967. After graduation he traveled to Japan to teach English within the Japanese Church, establishing his residence in September 1967. He was ordained deacon then priest and later took monastic vows before Archbishop Vladimir on October 18, 1969, receiving the monastic name of Seraphim. The following Sunday he was elevated to the rank of archimandrite. Subsequently, on December 18, 1971, he was consecrated Bishop of Sendai and East Japan. Sendai is a city in northern Japan on the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

Although retired, Bishop Seraphim often participates in the liturgy at various parishes throughout the metropolitan New York area and also frequently travels to assist the ministry of the Hosanna Community in Russia, the legacy of Father Alexander Men. He also taught for a time at Drew University. Bishop Seraphim maintains a very active online journal.


  • Milky Way Railroad Translation from Japanese with D. M. Stroud (1996, Stone Bridge Press)
  • Theology of Wonder (1999, St. Vladimir's Seminary Press)
  • The Rainbow Sermon (2001, Light & Life Publishing)

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