Vitaliy Borovoy

Picture of Vitaliy Borovoy

Date of Birth: 01/18/1916

Age: 92

Citizenship: Russia


Born January 18, 1916 in Minsk province, a poor peasant family. Soon, the village passed to Poland.

In 1929, after the People`s Polish school, he enrolled in the 4th grade Vilna Theological Seminary.

From 1936 to 1939 he studied at the Theological Faculty of the University of Warsaw, where he attended lectures NS Arsenyev, MV Zyzykina OE and After the annexation of Poland by Germany, with the fall of 1939 he taught Russian and Belarusian languages ??and literature at school Nesterovka. In 1941, after the closure of the school, I became a reader in the church of St. Seraphim of Sarov in the village calico Dokshitsky district.

From November 1941 on, he served as a clerk Minsk Ecclesiastical Consistory; since March 1942 he was secretary of the Minsk Archbishop Panteleimon (Rozhnovsky) and is located in Minsk, Mogilev Archbishop Philotheus (Narco). On dismissal by the German authorities in June 1942, Metropolitan Panteleimon of control Borovoy diocese went to Nesterovka; vozvrascheniempervogo with the management of the diocese in April 1943, in October of the same year Borovoy again became secretary of the Minsk diocesan administration.

In the autumn of 1944, in view of the advance of the Red Army, to be evacuated together with the Belarusian bishops in Germany; but in Grodno and his wife secretly he left the rail car, reached in Minsk, where he lived with relatives.

October 29, 1944 in Minsk, the former Archbishop of Minsk Renovationist Bishop Basil (Ratmirovo) was ordained deacon, and November 1 - the priesthood; appointed rector of Peter and Paul Cathedral in Gomel. About Vasilije Ratmirovo Dm. Pospelovsky based on his conversations in 1979 with Borovoy wrote: "type before the morally fallen, that saved him from prison Vitaly Borovoy, later professor archpriest and one of the architects of the foreign policy of the Moscow Patriarchate since the late 40s. prior to the restructuring, long he doubted the grace of his priesthood, received from the hands of the hierarchy. "

He took part in organizing the first theological courses and then the Minsk seminary in Zhirovitskom monastery, where he was a teacher.

In 1953, external student graduated from the Leningrad Theological Academy with a degree in theology, he taught history in the same place of the ancient church; in 1962 he received a doctorate in theology.

On June 5, 1959 - the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, which subsequently substituted for the position of deputy chairman.

October 10, 1962 decision of the Holy Synod was appointed a member of the observer delegation of the Moscow Patriarchate at the II Vatican Council.

He has participated in many ecumenical meetings, inter-Orthodox meetings, international peace conferences, he was an active participant in the preparation of the Moscow Patriarchate`s accession to the World Council of Churches (WCC). Since March 1962, for 13 years (with interruptions) was a representative of the Moscow Patriarchate at the World Council of Churches, rector of the Church of Nativity in Geneva; I participated in the Assemblies of the WCC III to VII.

Holy Synod decision of 7 October 1995 he was released from the post of Deputy Chairman of the DECR and the Division appointed a consultant.

As a member of the Synodal Theological Commission since its establishment in 1960.

In the years 1973-1978 was the rector of the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Epiphany in Yelokhovo. Since 1984 he has been an honorary rector of the Church of the Resurrection at Assumption Ravine (Bryusov lane) in Moscow.

Died April 7, 2008, the feast of the Annunciation of the Russian Church, as, according to media reports, "Old ordination cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church."

The funeral service was made April 9, 2008 in Yelokhovo Cathedral Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill (Gundyaev); The funeral took place on Khovanskoye cemetery in Moscow.