Igor Kovalevsky

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Igor Kovalevsky
Fr. Igor Kovalevsky.jpg
Ordination4 June 1998
Personal details
DenominationRoman Catholicism
OccupationGeneral secretary of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Russia, Director of Caritas in the European Part of Russia, Administrator of parish of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Moscow
EducationBauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow State University, Archdiocesan Major Seminary in Białystok, Catholic University of Lublin

Igor Leonidovich Kovalevsky (born 5 August 1965, Kharkiv Oblast, USSR, now Ukraine) is a Catholic priest, general secretary of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Russia, the administrator parish of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Moscow, director of Caritas in the European Part of Russia.[1]


Kovalevsky's family has Polish and Ukrainian roots.


In 1997 he was ordained a deacon in the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Saint Petersburg. Ordained a priest on 4 June 1998 in the Cathedral of Moscow.

He graduated from high school in the Crimea, after graduation went to Moscow, where graduated from the Moscow State Technical University and continued his studies at the Mechanics and Mathematics Faculty of Moscow State University. In 1992 he entered Archdiocesan Major Seminary in Białystok. In 1998, Kovalevsky graduated from Catholic University of Lublin, and in 2002 got his Doctor of Theology degree from the same university.[2]

Kovalevsky is a polyglot and is known to address his multinational parishioners in different languages: English, Italian, French, Polish, Lithuanian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Russian, Vietnamese and others.


Before he was ordained, Kovalevsky worked at Rocket and Space Corporation Energia.

As of August 2011 was Secretary-General of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Russia,[3] Chancellor of the Curia (the diocesan administration) Archdiocese of the Mother of God,[4] the dean of the Central Region, member of the advisory council and the Mother of God Archdiocese priests and the administrator of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow.

On 16 April 2009, he became a member of the Council for Cooperation with Religious Organizations under the President of the Russian Federation.[5] Kovalevsky is also a member of the Public Council under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.

He is a professor at St. Thomas Institute of Moscow.[6]

Kovalevskiy is a chaplain of Magistral Delegation of Russia of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.[7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Caritas Russia". Caritas Europe. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  2. ^ "Our lecturers. Igor Kovalevsky". Limmud Moscow (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  3. ^ AsiaNews.it. "RUSSIA - VATICAN The Russian edition Laudato sì encyclical, opportunity for ecumenical dialogue in Moscow". www.asianews.it. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  4. ^ "An evening of Christian music dedicated to the unity of Christians under participation of choirs of the Lutheran, Catholic, Armenian and Evangelical churches". Lutheran cathedral of Moscow. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  5. ^ Fagan, Geraldine (2012-01-01). Believing in Russia: Religious Policy After Communism. Routledge. ISBN 9780415490023.
  6. ^ "St. Thomas Institute of Moscow. Our professors. Igor Kovalevsky". St. Thomas Institute of Moscow (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2017-03-03.
  7. ^ "Investiture of the Magistral Delegation of Russia of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Moscow (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-04-25.