In Memoriam: Protopresbyter Elias Wen
Archpriest Peter PEREKRESTOV
Protopresbyter Elias Wen was born in Peking, China, in 1896. At the age of seven he, on his own volition and with his parentsí permission, was baptized into the Holy Orthodox Church. From 1905 to 1914, he studied at the Mission school, and from 1915 to 1918, at the Peking Theological Seminary. In 1931, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Simon and assigned to the Annunciation Church in Shanghai. After completion of the new Shanghai cathedral in honor of the Mother of God "Surety of Sinners", Fr. Elias was assigned Dean there. In 1946, by Decree of Archbishop John (Maximovitch), he was made Rector of the cathedral.
Soon afterwards, because of the communists, Fr. Elias was forced to flee China. He ended up in Hong Kong, where he founded the Resurrection parish. Fr. Elias did a great deal in Hong Kong to help the numerous Russian emigres. In 1957, Fr. Elias made his final move, to the US, where he was assigned to the Holy Virgin Cathedral "The Joy of All Who Sorrow" in San Francisco. .
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