Anthony Bloom of Sourozh

Anthony Bloom of Sourozh

Birth
Lausanne, District de Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Death 4 Aug 2003 (aged 89)
Burial West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 25501455 · View Source
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Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain and Ireland, who became a real spiritual leader for many Russians living in Western Europe and even Russia itself. Born Andrei Borisovich Bloom in Lausanne, 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 they settled in Paris. Here 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, receiving the name of Anthony in 1943. During the occupation of France by the Germans he worked as a doctor and took part in the Resistance. After the war he was practising as a physician until 1948, when he was ordained to the priesthood and sent to England to serve as Orthodox Chaplain. He spent the rest of his life in England, where he became a widely recognised authority on questions of faith, morals and even politics. His grave is a shrine, visited by people from all over the world.


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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 24 Mar 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 25501455
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Anthony Bloom of Sourozh (19 Jun 1914–4 Aug 2003), Find a Grave Memorial no. 25501455, citing Brompton Cemetery, West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .