Protopresbyter Konstantin Tivetsky: 1925-2012
[June 15, 2012] On March 2, 2012, Protopresbyter Konstantin Tivestsky, the most senior clergyman of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and priest of the Western American Diocese, passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 87.
Konstantin’s mother, Nina Valper, the wife of Priest Konstantin Valper, became a widow early in life and was left with two young daughters. Not knowing how to proceed in life, she went for advice to the famous Odessa elder, the now-glorified Righteous Jonah (Atamansky). At that time a young man, Vasily Tivetsky, was visiting Fr. Jonah to receive a blessing to enter a monastery. After hearing out Nina Valper, Father Jonah pointed to Vasily Tivetsky and blessed her to marry him with the words: "You will have a son, the priest Konstantin." On January 27, 1925, Vasily and Nina Tivetsky had a son, whom they named Konstantin.
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