Date of Birth: 04/02/1889
Place of birth: village of Opole-Posad Novo-Alexandria County, Lublin province
The son of a forester, aged five years, lost his father, who was mortally wounded porubschikami forest, caught them in the act. Porubschiki also burned the house forester, leaving his widow with schestyu children (Anton was the eldest) homeless. He was admitted to the orphanage, where he graduated from the parish school.
He graduated from the seminary Kholmsk, Kholmsk seminary Petrograd Theological Academy (1915) with a degree in Theology (Ph.D. topic of work: "The question of salvation in the writings of Filaret (Drozdov), Metropolitan of Moscow").
October 5, 1913 he was tonsured, was later ordained to the priesthood.
On July 15, 1915 - the teacher of Pastoral Missionary Seminary at Gregory-Bizyukovskom monastery Kherson diocese. During the Civil War, the monastery was destroyed by bandits, and Hieromonk Onuphrius of kidnapping. Local farmers rescued him and took him to the city of Borislav, where he was rector of the Church of the Dormition. In 1922 he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite and transferred to Horn Island rector of St. Nicholas Church.
January 23, 1923 consecrated Bishop Elisavetgrad, vicar of the Diocese of Kherson. Six days after the consecration, he was arrested, detained in prisons Elisavetgrad and Odessa. In May 1923osvobozhd