Moscow, December 2, 2020
His Eminence Metropolitan Job (Tyvonyuk), the retired hierarch of Chelyabinsk and Zlatoust, reposed in the Lord yesterday, December 1, at the age of 82, from complications caused by the coronavirus.
He served Orthodox Church as a hierarch in various places for 36 years until his retirement in 2011 for health reasons, after which he served at the Church of the Deposition of the Lord’s Robe in Moscow.
In his condolences, Patriarch Kirill writes: “The deceased Archpastor had a long life, full of many difficulties and trials. Even in his youth, he made a firm decision to devote himself to the Lord… Vladyka Job carried out his important labors and took active care of the sheep of Christ’s rational flock entrusted to him, for their growth in faith and love for the Lord and their neighbors.”
May his memory be eternal!
Metropolitan Job (Dmitry Tyvonyuk) was born to a peasant family on November 6, 1938, in the village of Pochaev in the Ternopil Province in Ukraine. After finishing school, he was a novice at the Pochaev Lavra and then at Holy Trinity Monastery in the Odessa Diocese.
In 1957, he entered the Kiev Seminary, and after completing his army service, he continued his studies at the Odessa Seminary, from which he graduated in 1965. He then enrolled at the Moscow Theological Academy.
On June 20, 1968, he was tonsured as a monk at the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra with the name of Job. He was ordained to the diaconate on July 18 that year.
He graduated from the Moscow Theological Academy with a PhD in theology in 1969, and on June 1 of that year, he was ordained to the priesthood and appointed rector of Holy Resurrection Church in Chita.
From 1970 to 1973, he studied at the Moscow Theological Academy’s post-graduate school, during which time he became the Chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR).
In 1974, he was elevated to the rank of igumen and then archimandrite. On January 3, 1975, he was consecrated Bishop of Zaraisk, vicar of the Moscow Diocese, and he was entrusted with the management of the Patriarchal Parishes in Canada and temporarily the U.S. as well.
In 1976, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the DECR, which led to him making visits to Orthodox Churches throughout the world.
On November 30, 1988, he was appointed Archbishop of Kostroma and Galich. The next year, he was appointed Archbishop of Zhytomyr and Ovruch and released from his duties at the DECR.
In 1994, he was appointed Archbishop of Odintsovo, vicar of the Moscow Diocese, and in 1996, he was appointed to the Chelyabinsk Diocese. He was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan on February 25, 2000.
On March 22, 2011, the Holy Synod granted him retirement for health reasons, after which he served at the Church of the Deposition of the Lord’s Robe in Moscow.