March 18, 2016
Howell, NJ: Diocesan Center to host Day in Memory of Archbishop
Averky (Taushev) on 40th Anniversary of Repose
April 13, will mark the 40th anniversary of the repose of Archbishop
Averky (Taushev) of Syracuse & Holy Trinity, a distinguished vicar
of the Eastern American Diocese. This year, the anniversary of his
repose will be commemorated at the
Diocesan Center. Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New
York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, will serve the
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, co-served by Bishop Nicholas of
Upon completion of the Liturgy, a Litiya for the departed will be
served, after which Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov will deliver a
talk on Archbishop Averky’s life and legacy. Clergy and faithful
desiring to honor Vladyka’s memory are invited.
Hours begin at 8:30 AM, greeting of the Metropolitan at 9:30 AM.
Clergy will serve in black.
here for the
A Short Biography of Archbishop Averky.
Archbishop Averky (in the world Alexander Pavlovich Taushev) was
born on October 19, 1906 in Kazan’, Russia, to an aristocratic
family. After 1920, the Taushevs found themselves exiled, and the
future hierarch’s youth was spent in Bulgaria. In 1926, he graduated
from the Russian school, and in 1930 received a degree in Theology
from the University of Sofia. He was a student of Archbishop
Seraphim (Sobolev – glorified on February 3, 2016).
He served in Carpathian Rus’, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Germany, and
taught Law of God in the Displaced Persons camps.
In 1951, at the invitation of Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko),
Archimandrite Averky moved to the U.S., where he became a professor
at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY. In 1952, he
became the permanent rector of the seminary, and the editor-in-chief
of "Pravoslavnaya Rus’" ("Orthodox Russia") magazine.
He was an academic and theologian, author of renowned exegeses on
the New Testament.
On August 17, 1961, he was elevated to Archbishop of Syracuse & Holy
Trinity. From 1964 on, he served as a permanent member of the Synod
of Bishops of the Russian Church Abroad.
He reposed on April 13, 1976, and is buried in a crypt beneath Holy
Trinity Cathedral at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville.
Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese