New Hieromartyr Priest John Kochurov of Chicago and St. Petersburg (1917)

Commemorated on October 31

He was born in Russia in 1871, and as a young priest was sent to America as a missionary. There he worked zealously (he was instrumental in the building of the Orthodox cathedral in Chicago) until he was called back to Russia just before the October Revolution in 1917. Only six days after the Bolsheviks seized power, he was beaten to death in the street by a gang of Bolshevik sailors in Tsarskoye Selo near St Petersburg. Thus he became the first of countless Priest-Martyrs of Russia's atheist yoke.

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New Hieromartyr Priest John Kochurov of Chicago and St. Petersburg (1917)

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