Passing Away of His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of BostonFebruary
SEA CLIFF: The Passing Away of Bishop Mitrofan of Boston--February
The Passing Away of His Grace Bishop Mitrofan
On the day of the Meeting of Our Lord in Sea Cliff, NY, the
eldest by age of the hierarchs of the Russian Othodox Church
Outside of Russia, Bishop Mitrofan of Boston. His Grace Bishop
Mitrofan was born in Brest-Litovsk in 1909 in a priest's family.
The future bishop received his theological training at Warsaw
and Belgrade Universities. In Belgrade, Mitrofan Konstantinovich
befriended the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church
Outside of Russia, the Blessed Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky)
and with Hieromonk Johan (Maximovich), the future bishop of
Shanghai and San Francisco. Mitrofan Konstantinovich was ordained
in 1936 and performed his clerical service in the Dormition
Church of the town of Omelenets (Byelorussia), the St. Nicholas
Church in Brest-Litovsk, the Dormition Church in Casablanca,
and for the final 43 years of his life in the St. Seraphim
Church in Sea Cliff (near New York City).
In 1989, protopresbyter Mitrofan's matushka passed away and
in 1990 he was called to episcopal service with the title
"Bishop of Boston, Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese."
Over the course of many years Bishop Mitrofan was the spiritual
father of the former First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox
Church Outside of Russia--Metropolitan Vitaly.
Vladyka Mitrofan possessed great moral authority and he was
often turned to for advice, not only by the faithful and clergy,
but by bishops as well. Bishop Mitrofan, over the course of
many years taught apologetics and comparative theology in
the Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville. Bishop Mitrofan's
textbook on comparative theology was republished several times
in Russia. Also published were the two-volume set of the bishop's
sermons, "In Defense of Truth," and his memoirs.
Not long before the death of Bishop Mitrofan the clergy of
the Eastern-American Diocese performed the Last Rites over
him, and Metropolitan Laurus and Bishop Gabriel visited and
prayed with him. The funeral of Bishop Mitrofan was conducted
by His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus with a multitude of bishops
and clergymen on 18 February in Sea Cliff. The burial service
was held on the following day in the cemetery of Holy Trinity