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Saint Nicholas Mogilevsky of Alma-Ata

About Saint Nicholos Mogilevsky

Saint Nicholas Mogilevsky of Alma-Ata was a bishop in the Russian Orthodox Church during the turbulent times of the early 20th century. He is remembered as a devoted pastor, humble servant, and martyr who sacrificed his life for the faith amidst the religious persecution of the Soviet regime.

Feast Day

October 12

Birth Place

Orlovka, Russia


April 9, 1877


October 28, 1955
Saint Nicholas Mogilevsky of Alma-Ata

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Early Life and Education


Early Life and Education

Nicholas Mogilevsky was born in 1877 in the village of Orlovka in Russia. From an early age, he felt a strong call to serve God and entered the seminary, where he excelled in his studies. After his ordination, he rose rapidly through the ranks of the Church due to his dedication, piety, and deep theological understanding.


Ecclesiastical Career

In 1921, Nicholas was consecrated as the Bishop of Alma-Ata and Kazakhstan. He served his flock diligently, providing spiritual guidance and support during the times of severe political unrest and religious repression.

Bishop Nicholas was known for his courage and firm stance against the atheist policies of the Soviet government. Despite the widespread closure of churches and the persecution of clergy, he continued to administer sacraments and to encourage his flock to hold onto their faith.

Ecclesiastical Career

Later Life and Canonization


Later Life and Canonization

In 1937, during one of the most severe anti-religious campaigns of the Soviet regime, Bishop Nicholas was arrested on false charges. He underwent torture and endured harsh prison conditions but remained steadfast in his faith. He was executed on November 23, 1937, giving up his life for his belief and commitment to the Orthodox Christian faith.



The Russian Orthodox Church canonized Bishop Nicholas as a New Martyr in 2000. His life serves as a beacon of courage and steadfast faith in the face of adversity. He is remembered for his dedication to his flock, his humble service, and his ultimate sacrifice for the Christian faith.

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Where are the relics of Saint Nicholas Mogilevsky of Alma-Ata

Saint Nicholas Mogilevsky of Alma-Ata's His relics are located in the Ascension Cathedral in Almaty (formerly Alma-Ata), Kazakhstan. The cathedral itself is a significant architectural landmark in Almaty and also serves as a place of worship and veneration for believers who come to pay their respects to this modern-day saint and martyr.

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