St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral
|St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral|
|Location||733 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland, Ohio|
|Denomination||Orthodox Church in America|
|Founded||September 28, 1896|
|Architect(s)||Frederick C. Baird|
|Number of domes||13|
|Diocese||Diocese of the Midwest|
|Bishop(s)||The Right Reverend Paul|
|Dean||V. Rev. John E Zdinak|
St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral
|NRHP Reference #||74001453|
|Added to NRHP||January 18, 1974|
St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox parish located on Starkweather Avenue in the Tremont neighborhood, on the near west side of Cleveland, Ohio. It is considered one of the finest examples of Russian church architecture in the U.S. and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The name given to him in baptism is unknown.
The parish was organized, in 1896, when the tide of immigration of Eastern Europeans to the United States was at an all-time high, by Rusyn immigrants, living in Tremont, who had immigrated from Galicia and Carpathian Ruthenia.
The congregation that founded the parish was formed from a group of disgruntled former worshippers at a Byzantine Rite Eastern Catholic Church, conflicts led 23 men to form the St. Nicholas Society on September 28, 1896.
That society led to the formation of an organized parish As the first Orthodox parish in Cleveland, it served the spiritual needs of ethnic groups of Orthodox Christians which had not yet established their own ethnic churches. The Baptism of the first known Romanian child born in the United States, Aurelia Zeicu, has been recorded in the parish.
The second church structure was the former Sisters of St. Joseph Convent.[a] In 1902, the parish bought the former Sisters of St. Joseph Convent and sold 80 individual lots from the convent land to parishioners for $125 apiece to raise funds.
In 1909 the parish purchased land in Brooklyn for a cemetery. The property had a wooden barn on it and one of the monks from St. Theodosius used to come out there on Saturdays to teach the Russian language to the children who lived too far away to attend Russian classes at the church.
The cathedral was consecrated by Bishop Alexander (Nemolovsky) on Sunday, July 20, 1913.
Starting in 1917, world events affected the Russian Orthodox Church, the Russian Revolution abolished the Most Holy Synod and restored the Patriarchate. The Most Holy Synod administered all church property and controlled the expenditure of churches and monasteries. A new synod elected Tikhon of Moscow patriarch. Russian Civil War violence devastated the Russian Empire. Church publications were prohibited.
February 25–28, 1919, hosted the Second All-American Sobor which set a precedent, by electing Alexander (Nemolovsky) to the rank of Archbishop of the Aleutians and North America, for future elections of the Church's primates by later councils. This made him the first primate to be chosen locally in North America.
The Russian Orthodox Church was weakened again and further dissociated in 1922, when the Living Church, a Soviet government supported movement, dismissed the Patriarch and restored a Synod to power.
The cathedral was rededicated on October 3, 1954.
In the summer of 1977, it served as the site for the wedding scene in the film The Deer Hunter. An actual priest was cast as the priest at the wedding. On June 16, 1961, it also appeared in an episode of the TV series Route 66 ("Incident On a Bridge").
|Known members of the clergy of the cathedral|
|1896||John Nedzelnitsky (1866–1946)|
|1897–1902||Victor Stepanov (…–1920)|
|1902–1908||Jason R. Kappanadze (1874–1962)|
|1908||Vasily Vasilyev (…–1956)|
|1909||John Chepeleff (1880–1967)|
|1910–1921||Basil S. Lisenkovsky (…–1968)|
|1921||Alexander Kukulevsky (1873–1963)|
|1922–1957||Jason R. Kappanadze (1874–1962)|
|1958||Peter Bogusz (…–1959)|
|1959–1963||Igor Tkachuk (1918–1995)|
|1988–1999||Jason R. Kappanadze|
|since 1999||John E. Zdinak|
The cathedral was built in a recognizable Neo-Byzantine style; a type of Russian church architecture with one large, four medium, and eight small copper onion domes, symbolic of Christ and the twelve apostles. The cathedral is considered one of the best representatives of Russian church architecture in the U.S. with design features, by Cleveland architect Frederick C. Baird, based on photographs of the original Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Russia.
- above – Crucifix with the Blessed Virgin Mary and John the Baptist;
- top tier – the Twelve Apostles to either side of an icon depicting the Holy Trinity;
- middle tier of smaller icons – various saints to either side of an icon depicting the Last Supper over the Royal Doors;
- bottom tier (left to right) – Saint Nicholas, Archangel Michael, Mother of God, the Royal Doors, the Savior, Archangel Gabriel, Saint Theodosius of Chernigov.
- This is named as "St. John's Convent" in several sources.
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In 1880 the Sisters bought a five-acre tract of land on Starkweather avenue, to which they added five acres a few years later. The frame house on the land first purchased was remodeled to serve as a temporary Convent and private school; the Sisters moved thither from Fulton street in July, 1880. Ten years later they built a commodious two-story stone structure on the same site, for their Motherhouse and academy. ... In a few years the Convent property on Starkweather avenue proved unsuitable for the purposes of an academy, because of its location.
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- "RUSSIA: Fall of Tikon". Time magazine. 12 May 1923. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- Liberovsky, Alexis. "Synopsis of the 5th All-American Sobor". Orthodox Church in America. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- Liberovsky, Alexis. "Synopsis of the 7th All-American Sobor". Orthodox Church in America. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral & Hall". Cleveland City Planning Commission. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
- "Kappanadze, Jason R.". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. 10 July 1997. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
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