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BISHOP VASILY (YAO FU'AN)

(Shuang, in baptism Ignaty Yao[1]) 1888 - 1962

English Translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas

from the book
"Beiguan"
courtesy of
the author
Boris Alexandrov

Born December 23 in Beijing. Completed the theological seminary at the Spiritual Mission in Beijing. He was ordained to the diaconate on May 11, 1915 by Bishop INNOKENTY (Figurovsky), head of the Russian Spiritual Mission in China. In 1948 ordained to the priesthood, and on August 30th of that year received monastic tonsure with the name Vasili; thereafter elevated to hegumen and appointed spiritual director of the Dormition monastery for men and the Protection convent for women.

In July 1950, by decree of Patriarch ALEXY (Simansky), elevated to archimandrite, and in December appointed director of the Mission's Catechetical School and a member of the administration of the East-Asian Exarchate. From February 1951, a member of the Council of the Spiritual Mission.

In 1951 Patriarch ALEXY (Simansky) offered the Tianjin cathedral to Fr. Vasily, but Fr. Vasily, citing his unworthiness and his infirmity, declined to become bishop. He remained priest-in-charge of the Dormition Cathedral in Beijing and temporary administrator of the Beijing diocese. On May 17/30 1957 in Moscow's Transfiguration temple, Fr. Vasily was consecrated to be Bishop of Beijing. The consecrating bishops were: NIKOLAI, Metropolitan of Krutitsk and Kolomensk, Archbishop VICTOR of Krasnodar and Kuban, and Archbishop MAKARY of Mozhaisk. He died January 3.

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Editor's Footnote:

[1] Yao Fu'an is the Hanyu Pinyin of Bp Vasily's Chinese name that was registered with the Chinese Religious Bureau. According to Fr Michael Li of Australia, Bp Vasily was also known in Chinese as Yáo Shuānglín. He was also known by the Russians as Bp Vasily (Shuang), as they took the first character of Shuanglin as his surname in Russian.

 
Photos
 

Fr Ignaty Shuang and Nikita De
from Nikolai Du Haixu

At chalice: Archim. Polycarp (Khripunov),
Bp Vasily, Hierodeacon Simon (Bai),
at wall: S.F. Baigildin
from Abp HILARION of Sydney & Australia

From left to right: unknown person,
archim. Polycarp (Khripunov), Bp Vasily. c.1957.
courtesy of Abp Hilarion and
Fr Michael Li of Australia

Bp Vasily blesses with
dikerion and trikerion.
courtesy of Abp Hilarion and
Fr Michael Li of Australia

From left to right: Deacon Falaley Mao,
Bp Vasily, Sergey Fyodorovich Baigildin
(now living in Sydney ), Fr. Nicholas Li;
Fr. Stefan Wu; Fr. Anthony Yao (Albazin).
from Abp HILARION of Sydney & Australia

from Abp HILARION of Sydney & Australia

Archim. Vasily
May 19, 1956
kepping.net

from kepping.ru
Consecration of
Archimandrite Vasily
to be bishop Of Beijing

from kepping.ru
Bp Vasily of Beijing,
after his consecration,
May 30, 1957

from kepping.ru
Archimandrite Pimen,
rector of the Trinity-
St. Sergius Lavra (future
Patriarch of All Russia)
presenting a gift icon to
Bishop Vasili.

from kepping.ru
Bp Vasily in Moscow metro

from DECR Archive in Moscow