Jerusalem, March 29, 2016
March 24 marked twenty-five years of service as the abbess of the Gorny Convent in Jerusalem for Igumena Georgia (Schukina), reports the site of the Russian Spiritual Mission in Jerusalem.
On March 25 the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts was celebrated by Archimandrite Alexander (Elisov), the head of the Russian Spiritual Mission, in the convent’s Cathedral of All Saints Who Have Shone Forth in the Russian Land, along with clergy of the monastery and other visiting clergy. Mother Igumena communed of the Holy Mysteries of Christ.
At the end of the service Archimandrite Alexander congratulated Igumena on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, who, in connection with this milestone of service to the Church of Christ, conferred upon her the Order of St. Euphrosyne of Moscow (First Class).
A celebration in honor of Igumena Georgia was held in the monastery trapeza during which the head of the mission presented her with a congratulatory address and bouquet of flowers from the clergy and nuns.
Igumena Georgia (in the world Valentina Schukina) was born on November 14, 1931 in Leningrad. During the Great Patriotic War she survived the blockade of the city and the loss of her parents. She worked from the age of fourteen: at first in the cafeteria at Finland Station, and then as a restorer in the Central Historical Archive.
In 1949 she entered the Holy Dormition-Pühtitsa Monastery, where she fulfilled the obediences of treasurer and choir director. From 1955 to 1968 she was a nun of the Vilnius Monastery in Lithuania.
She received the monastic tonsure on April 7, 1968 in Pühtitsa, where she labored until 1989.
In 1989 she was appointed to restore the Monastery of Righteous St. John of Kronstadt on Karpovka in St. Petersburg.
In 1991 His Holiness Patriarch Alexeii II of Moscow and All Russia appointed her the abbess of the Gorny Convent in Jerusalem.
On March 24, 1991 she was elevated to the rank of Igumena, and on March 27 together with a delegation of His Holiness the Patriarch she arrived to the place of her new obedience.