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Jonas Pokrovsky

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Subject Religion » Christianity

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631232032.2001.x


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(d. 1925) Jonas, born 1888, was orphaned as a child. He studied in his native Kaluga and in Kazan. While studying theology he joined the optina monastery, but continued to live in Kazan, where he became a popular preacher, and taught as professor of the New Testament. The Bolsheviks exiled Jonas from Kazan; he was rearrested and tortured in Perm but escaped to Omsk and joined a remnant of the White army as military chaplain, trekking across deserts and the Pamirs with the forces of Ataman Dutov, finally crossing into China. The russian orthodox church abroad consecrated Jonas bishop of Hankow and sent him to Manchouli in 1922. In Manchuria he worked to help the thousands of Russian refugees, supervising soup kitchens, clinics and schools and running an orphanage. Jonas was respected by both Chinese and Soviets. He taught at Harbin Polytechnic till he died. Revered as a wonder-worker, he is commemorated on 7 October. See also chinese orthodox church . ‘Saint Jonas’ ( 1996 ), Orthodox Life 46/5 . Jordanville , NY . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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