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Experts in Russian Church history take part in Helsinki conference
On February 12-13, 2017, the Eleventh International Educational Conference in honor of the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord (Sretenie/Candlemas), was held in the Russian Cultural Center in Helsinki, Finland. The conference this year was dedicated to bishops and heroes of the Orthodox Christian faith from Scandinavia and northwestern Russia. Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University of the Humanities was represented by the following members of the Department of Modern History of the Russian Orthodox Church: Andrei A. Kostriukov, Doctor of History (the highest degree awarded in Russia, greater than a Ph.D.) and head of the Department; and Tatiana I. Shevchenko, who has Candidate’s degree in History (equivalent to a Ph.D.) and is a senior fellow in the Department.

 The conference opened with a book launch of the Finnish translation of “Everyday Saints” by Bishop Tikhon of Yegorevsk (abbot of Sretensky Monastery in Moscow, which shares its dedication with the conference). This was followed by a speech by the conference’s organizer, Archpriest Victor Liutik, the representative of the canonical Russian Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in Finland and the Dean of all parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Sweden. Around twenty talks were given over the course of two days. The presenters belonged not only to the Russian Orthodox Church, but also to the Finnish Orthodox Church.

 The two aforementioned researchers from Saint Tikhon’s University, Mr. Kostriukov and Ms. Shevchenko, also gave presentations.

 In his presentation, Mr. Kostriukov set out little-known facts about the life of Metropolitan Seraphim Lukyanov, who for a short time served as the primate of the Church of Finland before becoming Bishop of Western Europe under the jurisdiction the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (now ROCOR), in 1926. The speaker paid special attention to the Metropolitan’s postwar ministry when he was at the epicenter of conflicts amongst various jurisdictions.

 Ms. Shevchenko dedicated her presentation to the history of the metochia of Valaam Monastery and the monks who lived there. Her talk shed light on the life history of one such monk, Hosiomartyr Galaction (Novikov), from the monastery’s Moscow metochion. He was arrested in 1926 and executed by firing squad in 1937.

 The materials from the conference will be published in the journal “Severny Blagovest’”.

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