Pimen I of Moscow
|Patriarch of Moscow and all the Rus'|
|Church||Russian Orthodox Church|
|Enthroned||3 June 1971|
|Reign ended||3 May 1990|
|Ordination||25 January 1932|
|Consecration||17 November 1957
by Alexy I of Moscow
|Birth name||Sergey Mikhailovich Izvekov|
July 23, 1910|
Bogorodsk, Russian Empire
|Died||May 3, 1990
Moscow, Soviet Union
Patriarch Pimen (Russian: Патриарх Пимен, born Sergey Mikhailovich Izvekov, Сергей Михайлович Извеков; July 23 [O.S. July 10] 1910 – May 3, 1990), was the 14th Patriarch of Moscow and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church from 1971 to 1990. He was born in the town of Bogorodsk near Moscow.
On December 5, 1925, he became a monk at Sretensky Monastery in Moscow. He also spent years in various Russian monasteries and cathedrals in Murom, Odessa and Pskov. In 1954 Pimen became head of Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra. On November 14, 1961 he was appointed Metropolitan of Leningrad and Ladoga. After the death of Patriarch Alexius I metropolitan Pimen was elected the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia in 1971.
Pimen's task was to lead a Christian church in a state ruled by an officially atheist Communist party. In his post he worked closely with the authorities: he participated in numerous 'peace movement' conferences sponsored by the government. Pimen was awarded the Soviet Peace Fund Medal (1969, 1971) and, in 1970, the Gold Medal "Борцу за мир" ("Fighter for Peace") by the 'Soviet Committee for the Defence of Peace'. Pimen was a member of the World Peace Council from 1963 onwards. In 1961, Pimen was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour (орден Трудового Красного Знамени), one of the highest awards of the time.
- Pimen (Izvekov)(Russian)
|Orthodox Church titles|
|Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus