In Memoriam: His Eminence, Metropolitan Christopher

Memory Eternal!

Metropolitan Christopher, Long-time SVOTS Trustee, Reposes

On Wednesday, August 18, 2010, His Eminence Christopher [Kovacevich], metropolitan of the Midwestern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada, reposed in the Lord, at age 82. Metropolitan Christopher had been undergoing treatment for brain and bone cancer.

A native of Galveston, TX, Metropolitan Christopher was one of 12 children born to Serbian immigrant parents. He attended Nashotah House Seminary, Nashotah, WI and graduated from Saint Sava Seminary, Libertyville, IL. After marriage, he was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood. He subsequently earned a B.A. at the University of Pittsburgh and an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA. He also completed courses and examinations for a doctorate at the Chicago Theological Seminary. Widowed, he is the father of four and the grandfather of nine. A complete biography of His Eminence is available on the Website of the Orthodox Church in America, http://www.oca.org.

Metropolitan Christopher was a member of the Seminary’s Board of Trustees from 1986–2007. The entire seminary community is praying for the soul of Metropolitan Christopher, and we remember with gratitude his service to St. Vladimir’s and to Orthodoxy in America.