My Reminiscences about Archbishop Anthony (Medvedev)
In connection with the upcoming anniversary of the repose of Archbishop Anthony (Medvedev) of San Francisco and Western America of blessed memory I would like to note some of the characteristics of this very good-hearted and cordial archpastor.
My first meeting with the future Archbishop Anthony took place in Ladomirovo [present day Slovakia]. Vladyka Anthony was tonsured as a monk at the Milkovo Monastery in Yugoslavia, the very same monastery where two of his predecessors on the cathedra of the Western American Diocese—Archbishop Tikhon and Saint John (Maksimovich)—were also tonsured. At the time of his tonsure, the Milkovo Monastery was under the direction of Schema-archimandrite Amvrossy. When Father Amvrossy fell seriously ill, he assigned Hieromonk Anthony to Archbishop Vitaliy (Maksimenko) for spiritual guidance. Father Anthony, who was still a hierodeacon, had met the latter at the time of his elevation to the episcopacy and immediately liked him. After the repose of Schema-archimandrite Amvrossy, Hieromonk Anthony moved to our monastery in Ladomirovo in order to be closer to his spiritual father.
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