On Thursday, March 4, a new book by Archpriest Andrei Sommer, The Zatoplyaevs – Our Ancestors Beyond Baikal, was presented for the first time, published in Russian and English editions.
The evening began with a moleben in the Synod Cathedral of "of the Sign," at which His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad; His Eminence Gabriel, Archbishop of Montreal & Canada; His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan; and clergy and guests prayed. Following was a reception during which Fr. Andrei talked about his ancestors.
The book by Fr. Andrei, dean of the Synodal Cathedral in New York City, is about his ancestors, a dynasty of clergymen and churchmen, the Zatoplyaevs, who served the Holy Church over the course of two centuries.
Searching for information about his great-great-grandfather, Archpriest Pavel Rodionovich Zatoplyaev, an eminent pastor of the Zabaikalye region at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries, led Fr. Andrei to the archives of Irkutsk Oblast.
Over 50 years as a clergyman, Fr. Pavel Zatoplyaev served in every capacity: he became the dean of the main cathedral of the city of Nerchinsk, a teacher and inspector of the religious school, the director of charitable organizations, a loving father to his four children and a multitude of orphans.
This publication also reveals to the reader the history of Orthodoxy in Zabaikalye, and the holy sites, saints, and righteous people of the region.
The book includes unique photographs from Russian and family archives.
Metropolitan Hilarion thanked Fr. Andrei for his efforts, wishing him God’s aid in his service and blessings upon his friends and family.
Revenue from the sale of the book will go to the St. Vladimir Youth Association. To order the book (in Russian or English), contact Fr. Andrei at: email@example.com.