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Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh was born in Lausanne in 1914. He spent his early childhood in Russia and Persia, his father being a member of the Russian Imperial Diplomatic Corps. His mother was the sister of Alexander Scriabin, the composer. During the Russian Revolution the family had to leave Persia, and in 1923 settled in Paris where the future Metropolitan was educated, graduating in physics, chemistry and biology, and taking his doctorate in medicine, at the University of Paris.
In 1939, before leaving for the front as a surgeon in the French army, he secretly professed monastic vows. He was tonsured and received the name of Anthony in 1943. During the occupation of France by the Germans he worked as a doctor and took part in the Anti-Fascist movement of the Resistance. After the war he continued practising as a physician until 1948, when he was ordained to the priesthood and sent to England to serve as Orthodox Chaplain of the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius. He was appointed vicar of the Russian patriarchal parish in London in 1950, consecrated as Bishop in 1957 and Archbishop in 1962, in charge of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain and Ireland. In 1963 he was appointed Exarch of the Moscow Patriarchate in Western Europe, and in 1966 was raised to the rank of Metropolitan. At his own request he was released in 1974 from the function of Exarch, in order to devote himself more fully to the pastoral needs of the growing flock of his Diocese and all who come to him seeking advice and help.
Metropolitan Anthony is Honoris Causa Divinity Doctor: of Aberdeen University 'for preaching the Wordof God and renewing the spiritual life of this country'; of the Moscow Theological Academy for his theological, pastoral and preaching work; of Cambridge University; and of the Kiev Theological Academy. His first books on prayer and the spiritual life (Living Prayer, Meditations on a Theme and God and Man) were published in England, and his texts are now widely published in Russia, both as books and in periodicals.
Priests of Parish the Russian Orthodox Church in Ireland
Father Michael Gogoleff
Priest at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Dormition & All Saints London Dean of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ireland and Priest of the Slavonic Communities in Ireland.
Fr. Michael Gogoleff is born in France in 1949 with a Russian emigres family. He graduated from Lille University and started to work in Eastern Europe within Petrochemical/Mechanical Engineering Industries. In the same time, he studied theology in France, Poland and UK (Cambridge Orthodox Institute).
He spend many years as a deacon in Poland/Russia serving in different Parishes before becoming a Priest serving the Diocese of Sourozh. Fr. Michael who speaks fluently 5 languages, is married and has an adult daughter.