Jonah of Manchuria

Jonah Of Manchuria

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Jonah (Pokrovsky), Bishop of Hankou (April 17, 1888 – October 20, 1925, ), was a diocesan bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) who served in Northern China in the years immediately following the Bolshevik Revolution.

He was officially glorified by the ROCOR on October 20, 1996.


The future St. Jonah was born in 1888 in Kaluga, Russia, with the name Vladimir (Volodya) Pokrovsky. He was orphaned at the age of 8 and was taken in by a deacon, who ensured he received an education. He went on to attend, graduate, and eventually teach at the Kazan Theological Academy. While attending as a student, he was tonsured a monk of the Optina Brotherhood and given the name Jonah. He took a teaching position at the academy only out of obedience to the Elder Gabriel of Optina.

In 1918 the Revolution forced the young hieromonk to leave Kazan. He was arrested by the communists and suffered beatings to the point of loss of consciousness and imprisonment. Fr. Jonah was freed by the White Army, was soon raised to the rank of igumen, and assigned as the senior priest of the southern volunteer troops. Fr. Jonah withdrew to the borders of Western China with the army of Alexander Dutov, being subjected to many hardships while crossing the Pamir cliffs, often forced to grab on to the sparse shrubbery and jagged ledges of the ice covered...
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