Fr. Elias Wen reposes

If you’ve followed any of my links to, the Chinese Orthodox website, you may have encountered on that site the account of Protopresbyter Elias, born in Beijing in 1896, who served for a time under Archbishop St. John (Maximovitch) the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco.

Fr. Elias reposed two days ago in SF, aged over 110 1/2. If he wasn’t the world’s oldest living Orthodox priest, he was certainly one of them. (Now that’s what I call “Many Years”!) And he lived to see the reconciliation of his jurisdiction, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), with the Patriarchate of Moscow, his mother Church, last month!

Memory Eternal!


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