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Hegumen Andronic (Trubachev) passed away

On April 5, On April 5, Hegumen Andronic, Associate Professor at the Moscow Theological Academy, passed away at the age of 69 due to a long illness.

The funeral service takes place on Thursday at 11:00 in the Refectory Church of the Holy Trinity-Sergius’ Lavra. Hegumen Andronic will be buried at the brotherly cemetery in Deulino village.

The Rector Bishop of Zvenigorod Theodorite, teachers and students of the Moscow Theological Academy express their deep condolences to a family and relatives of the deceased.


Hegumen Andronic (Alexander Sergeevich Trubachev) was born on November 7, 1952 in Moscow. His father, Deacon Sergiy Trubachev, was a church composer; his paternal grandfather was Hieromartyr Archpriest Zosima Trubachev and his maternal grandfather was a priest and a philosopher Pavel Florensky. 

In 1970 he finished school and in 1975 graduated from the Moscow Historical and Archival Institute, defended his thesis at the Department of Archival Science on "Commission for the Protection of Art Monuments and Antiquity of the Trinity-Sergius’s Lavra (1918-1925): Review of Archival Materials". After graduation, he worked at the State Archives of the Moscow Region. 

From 1975 to 1976 he served in the Soviet army. 

In 1976-1990 he worked as a literary editor at the Publishing Department of the Moscow Patriarchate. In 1980 he graduated from the Moscow Theological Seminary and in September joined the brotherhood of the Holy Trinity-Sergius’s Lavra. On March 19, 1981, he accepted monastic vows with the name Andronicus in honor of St. Andronicus of Moscow. On May 1, 1981 was ordained into an hierodeacon and on August 28, 1982 into a hieromonk.

In 1984 he graduated from the Moscow Theological Academy with Ph.D. in Theology, having defended his thesis on “Priest Pavel Florensky. Personal life. Works".

Since January 1984 – a lecturer, later a teacher of the Moscow Theological Seminary.

He taught Theology, Holy Scripture of the New Testament and Patrology at the Moscow Theological Seminary; Pastoral Theology, Holy Scriptures of the New Testament at the Moscow Theological Academy.

His spiritual mentors were Archbishop Sergius (Golubtsov) and Archimandrite Kirill (Pavlov).

On April 8, 1986, on Holy Easter he was elevated to the rank of Hegumen.

Since 1989 - Secretary of the Synodal Liturgical Commission.

On April 20, 1989, he was approved for an academic title of Associate Professor.

On July 15, 1990, he was released from work at Moscow theological schools due to his appointment as an Abbot of the Valaam Monastery in honour of Christ’s Transfiguration in December 1989, where he began to restore the Hermitage of All Saints, St. John the Baptist and St. Nikolas. There were also a new cell of St. John of Damask as well as an Assumption and St. Nikolas churches. Hegumen Andronicus restored a real monastic life on Valaam on the base of a charter of the former monastery and divine services started to be held daily.

On February 17, 1993, he was released from his position of the Abbot of the Valaam Monastery and returned to Moscow Theological Schools.

Since 1993 he was a director of the Center for the Studying, Protection and Restoration of the Priest Pavel Florensky’s Legacy.
On February 9, 1995 he became a director of the Priest Pavel Florensky’s Museum in Sergiev Posad and in 1997 a director of the Priest Pavel Florensky’s Museum in Moscow.

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