Father Michael Pomazansky

Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky (1888–1988) was an eminent theologian of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Among his many written works, he is best known for his book Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, which has been praised for its straightforward presentation of Eastern Orthodox teaching and its firm basis in the writings of the Church Fathers. Fr. Michael was a living link with pre-Revolutionary Russia. He was born into a priestly family in 1888 and graduated in 1912 from the Kiev Theological Academy. Afterwards he served as a teacher and then a missionary priest. The vicissitudes caused by revolution and war took Fr. Michael from his native land to Poland, Germany, and finally America, where he settled at Holy Trinity Monastery near Jordanville, New York. He taught at the affiliated Holy Trinity Seminary for many years, and became known as a quiet but stalwart defender of traditional Orthodoxy. He died in 1988, just a few days before his hundredth birthday.