Moscow, May 28, Interfax – The oldest cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Protopresbyter Valery Lukyanov passed away last Friday at the age of 91.
The burial service for the late priest will be held on Tuesday, May 29.
Father Valery was born in 1927 in Shanghai to the family of emigrants. From September 1950 he lived in the USA where he served in the army and then finished the Building Faculty of the Polytechnic Institute at New York University. He worked as a civil engineer in the building industry.
He married a daughter of a Russian priest, and has five sons.
In 1963 he was ordained a deacon, four years after – a presbyter, in 1974 he became a protopresbyter. In various years he was a rector of St.Alexander of Neva Church in Lakewood (New Jersey), head of the church deanery, acting chief of the Russian Ecclesiastic Mission in Jerusalem.