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Antony Sinkevitch; Russian Orthodox Archbishop

Archbishop Antony Sinkevitch, a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia for almost 45 years, has died. He was 92.

The prelate, who spent many of those years in the sees of Los Angeles and San Francisco, died July 31 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.

The son of a priest, he was born in Kiev and brought up in Serbia. He completed Russian Cadet Corps training and studied medicine at the University of Belgrade, soon switching to theology. He was ordained a priest-monk in 1930 and named a bishop in 1951.

The archbishop served in Jerusalem, Beirut and San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles in 1963 as head of what became the Diocese of Los Angeles and Southern California.

An expert in liturgical music, the prelate directed choirs and arranged and composed music. During his tenure, he supervised fund-raising for a new cathedral in Los Angeles that is now being built.

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