Krasnaya Sloboda, Tver Province, Russia, June 8, 2021
Yesterday, June 7, Archpriest Sergei Droba, rector of the St. Nicholas Church in Krasnaya Sloboda in the Tver Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church and father to 11 children, died tragically in a car accident, the Diocese reports.
Fr. Sergei was in the car with his wife, Matushka Anna, who was taken to the hospital.
He was just 44 years old, but had already served 21 very active years in ordained ministry.
His Eminence Metropolitan Ambrose of Tver expressed his condolences to Fr. Sergei's family and friends, assuring them that the diocese will help organize the funeral and will continue to assist Matushka in raising her many children.
Met. Ambrose will serve the Divine Liturgy and funeral for Fr. Sergei tomorrow at the Church of St. Nicholas where he had served. The father of 11 will then be buried at the cemetery of the St. John the Baptist Church in Tver.
May his memory be eternal!
Fr. Sergei was born on October 20, 1976. In 2000, he graduated from the Moscow Theological Seminary, and in 2003 from the Academy.
He was ordained to the diaconate in 2000, and to the priesthood the following year. In 2011, he was awarded the rank of archpriest. In 2018, he was awarded the Medal of St. Simeon, the first Bishop of Tver.
Fr. Sergei was the rector of the Church of St. Nicholas in Krasnaya Sloboda, which was restored by his efforts, following the devastation of the Soviet era. He was also the rector of the St. Philaret the Merciful prayer room at the House of Mercy in Tver, and had previously served as rector of the Church of St. Arseny of Tver, which he built.
He was also the head of the Center for Training Church Specialists of the Tver and Kashin Dioceses.