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Born in Valok, Poltava guberniia, Russia in 1874, Archbishop Apollinarri (Koshevoi) graduated from the Romenskoe dukhovnoe uchilishche in 1888 and the Poltavskaia dukhovnaia seminariia in 1894. He was tonsured a monk in 1898, and in 1905 he graduated from the Kievskaia dukhovnaia akademiia. In 1917 he was made the bishop of Belgorod, and in 1922 he was sent to Jerusalem to oversee the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission. In 1924 he emigrated to North America, becoming bishop of Winnipeg, and in 1927 he was made Bishop of North America and San Francisco. In 1929 he was made Archbishop of North America and Canada, a position he held until his death in 1933.
These papers reflect the ecclesiastical career path of Archbishop Apollinarii (Koshevoi), beginning with his educational formation in pre-Revolutionary Russia to emigration, first in Serbia, then Jerusalem, Palestine, and, finally, as Archbishop of North America and Canada. His assignments, both in Jerusalem and North America, coincided with difficult jurisdictional controversies, especially on the North American continent. His CORRESPONDENCE reveals a lively exchange with both clergy and parishioners in the U.S. and Canada, and includes directives, ukazy, and ecclesiastical documents forwarded to him from the ecclesiastical administration of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia in Belgrade, Serbia.
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