Archpriest Alexander Du, a cleric of the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox
Church, died on December 16, 2003, in Beijing. He was ordained priest in
the early 50s by Archbishop Victor (Svyatin), head of the 20th Russian
Orthodox Mission in China.
With the permission of the Chinese authorities, the funeral service will
be conducted on December 18 by Father Dionisy Pozdnyaev, a staff member
of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow
Patriarchate, serving in Nantang. It will take place at the South
Catholic Cathedral in Beijing, since there are no acting Orthodox
churches left in the capital city of the People's Republic of China.
In 1998, His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia
decorated Father Alexander with the Order of St. Innocent of Moscow in
acknowledgement of his missionary and pastoral efforts and in 2001, with
a pectoral cross with decoration.