Archimandrite Job (Leont’ev), Abbot of St. Job of Pochaev Monastery in Munich passed away on this day in 1959.
This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the foundation of St. Job of Pochaev Monastery in Ladomirova, Slovakia. I only learned about this from the invitation to the Slovak Institute in Rome to participate in their one-day-long conference dedicated to this date.
The existing church, St. Michael and Synaxis of Bodiless Forces was founded in 1923 and consecrated in Ladomirova in 1924. The architect was Vladimir Mikhailovich Leont’ev.
He was born in Moscow in 1894 into a noble family, received an education in elite boarding schools, and graduated into the Guardsmen Corps. Vladimir fought in World War I and the Civil War in the North-Western front (the Baltics). In 1934, Vladimir joined St. Job of Pochaev Monastery. After one year of testing, he was tonsured a monk, named after St. Job of Pocahev. Fr. Job became an assistant to the Monastery’s abbot, Archimandrite Seraphim (Ivanov).
In 1944, Fr. Job led a brotherhood evacuation from Slovakia further west. In 1944-1945, he served as a dean of clergy in the Russian Liberation Army of General Andrei Vlasov. Fr. Job was not allowed to go to America with the part of the brotherhood because of health problems. He became the first abbot of St. Job of Pochaev Monastery in Obermenzing, the greater Munich.
“Dom Leont’evykh,” [House of Leont’eiv] vk.