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The Governor Anastassy, Archbishop of Kazan and Tatarstan, the Governor of the Kazan Diocese

 

Архиепископ Казанский и Татарстанский АнастасийHis Eminence Archbishop Anastassy was born on August 27, 1944 in the village of Stolbovo, Kimrsky district, Kalinin (now Tver) region.

In 1963 he left constructive school and worked then till 1966 at a mechanical engineering factory in the town of Kimry.

Since 1967 he carried out the obedience of psalm reader in the churches of Kazan diocese.

On May 6, 1968 he was ordained deacon by Archbishop Mikhail (Voskresensky, †1976) of Kazan and Mari, and on February 7, 1972 occurred his ordination to the priesthood.

On September 5, 1976 was tonsured into monasticism by Archbishop Panteleimon (Mitriukovich) of Kazan and Mari with the name Anastassy after Monastic martyr Anastassy, deacon of the Kiev Cave Monastery, and was elevated to the rank of father superior (hegumen, abbot). In the same year was appointed rector of the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas in Kazan and secretary of the Diocesan administration as well.

In 1975 after part-time study finished Moscow Theological Seminary, and in 1983 graduated from Moscow Theological Academy with the degree of the Candidate of Theology.

In 1985 was elevated to the rank of archimandrite.

His Holiness Patriarch Pimen and the Holy Synod resolved on November 30, 1988 that Archimandrite Anastassy (Metkin), secretary of the Kazan Diocesan administration, be Bishop of Kazan and Mary.

Archimandrite Anastassy was nominated and consecrated Bishop of Kazan and Mari on December 10, 1988 in the patriarchal Cathedral of the Epiphany in Moscow.

On February 25, 1996 he was elevated to the rank of archbichop.

In 1997 His Eminence Archbishop Anastassy became rector of the revived Kazan Theological Seminary.

For his tireless service to the Church of Christ was awarded the Order of St. Grand Prince Vladimir Equal to-the-Apostles of third degree, Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh of second degree, Order of St. Prince Daniel of second degree, Order of St. Seraphim of Sarov of second degree, State Order “Sign of Honour” and other orders and medals.