Zinoviy Chesnokov was born in 1988, in Schepetovka,a small city in Western Ukraine. For many years Zinoviy’s father was the cell-attendant of Elder Zenobius, and named his firstborn son in his honor, at his birth three years after the Elder’s repose. Zinoviy graduated in 2010, from the prestigious Moscow Orthodox Theological Seminary, and is currently (2013) pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Fribourg Switzerland. He has a talent for languages, with a knowledge of English, Italian, German, and French, in addition to his native Russian.
Zinoviy Chesnokov Translated by Sophia Moshura
The life of a twentieth century spiritual elder based on the recollections of many contemporary figures who knew him, including Patriarch Ilia of Georgia and Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk.
Elder Zenobius was a spiritual son of the last elders of the pre-revolutionary Glinsk Hermitage, who suffered in the Soviet camps and lived as a simple monk, before becoming a metropolitan in the Georgian Orthodox Church. His life is a witness to the continuance of God’s Grace in His Church amidst the upheavals and sufferings of the twentieth century. More information.
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