City to Have $50,000 Russian Cathedral


The Rev. Theodore N. Pashkovsky Appointed Dean of Western Congregations.

The hearts of the Russian and Slavonian residents will be made glad this morning by the news that San Francisco is to have a Russian cathedral of its own. This was decided just before Bishop Tikhon sailed from New York last Thursday for his native land.

The church will [not] be the official or ''Bishop's Cathedral," as that organization was transferred to New York two years ago, but it will be a people's cathedral, an innovation, and the only one of its kind on this continent.

For years, ever since a Russian priest raised the Maltese cross among a handful of his countrymen at North Beach, the quaint old building at Powell and Filbert streets was a cathedral. The members were much grieved when the official organization was taken to New York and so, after a year or more of argument, the Bishop at last agreed to the experiment of a peoples' cathedral. The Trinity Cathedral of the Holy Eastern Orthodox church will be its name. Next to the New York cathedral it will be the most important church of its denomination in this country.

The Rev. Theodore N. Pashkovsky, the pastor, has been made a Dean. His jurisdiction includes all of the territory between the great lakes and the Pacific ocean. The Rev. A. Jelobvsky [Reader Alexander Zhelobovsky,- V.S.] has come from St. Petersburg to act as his assistant.

The April fire destroyed the old Powell street cathedral, but the members own a fine piece of property at Van Ness avenue and Green street. As soon as plans can be perfected a handsome stone edifice will be erected there. In design it will follow the lines of the picturesque old churches of Moscow. The cost will be $50,000.

Bishop Tikhon who, before going to New York, was stationed here for a number of years, has retired from work in this country and gone home. He has accepted the office of Bishop of Yaroslavl.

The San Francisco Examiner, Sunday, April 7, 1907.

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