Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky, director of external affairs of the OCA, dies in the USA

In the United States, at the age of 79, Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky, Director for External Relations and Interchurch Relations of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), reposed in the Lord, writes the UOJ.

The Primate of the OCA, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, Tikhon served at the newly reposed requiem.

Leonid Kishkovsky was born in 1943 into a Russian family in Warsaw. In 1953 he moved to the USA with his parents. In 1969 he married Alexandra F. Kulomzina, in the same year he was ordained deacon and priest. He was one of the key figures of the OCA, overseeing its external relations; in the 2000s, he was a member of the administration and Assistant Chancellor of the OCA for Foreign Affairs and Interchurch Relations. He also served as Deputy Chairman of the OCA Communications Division and editor of the Church’s main organ, The Orthodox Church. At the same time, he held a number of important positions in inter-jurisdictional Orthodox, inter-Christian and inter-religious organizations in the United States.

At a meeting of the OCA Synod of Bishops on May 7-10, 2012, Bishop Alexander (Golitsyn) of Toledo was appointed to the post of chairman of the Department of External Relations of the Church, under whom Father Leonid retained the post of Director of External Affairs. Lived in Sea Cliff, New York.

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