Boston, MA: Archimandrite Joasaph, Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical
Mission in Jerusalem, reposed in the Lord
Joasaph (McLellan), Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in
Jerusalem, who had been undergoing treatment in a Boston hospital,
quietly and peacefully passed away this morning.
Joasaph was born Francis McLellan, Jr. in Boston on January 24, 1962.
His parents are Francis (James) McLellan, Sr. and Polina B. (Runi)
Joasaph attended school in Boston, including Roxbury Latin, graduated
from Commonwealth School, and received his baccalaureate in Theology
at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, where he graduated at
the top of his class and was given the honor of delivering in English
the parting address to professors and seminarians. At Brown
University, Archimandrite Joasaph received his master’s and
candidate of sciences degrees in Slavic Language and Literature, which
he later taught at Missouri, Columbia, and Princeton universities. His
dissertation was entitled "The Hilandar Gospel and Its Place in
the Textual History of the Church Slavonic Tetraevangelion."
the request of the ever-memorable Metropolitan Laurus (Skurla), Fr.
Joasaph left his teaching position at Princeton and was tonsured a
monk in Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. On December 7,
2008, Fr. Joasaph was ordained a Hieromonk. At the beginning of this
year, Fr. Joasaph was appointed Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical
Mission in Jerusalem, was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite, and
served in the Russian monasteries on the Mount of Olives and in
August of this year, Fr. Joasaph has been undergoing treatment by Dr.
Jeffrey Clark at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he died this
services for his repose will be served in Epiphany Church in Boston.
The funeral and burial will take place at Holy Trinity Monastery in
Jordanville. The times and further information are available here.