Archbishop Kyrill (ROCOR-Western America) recovering after surgery

San Francisco, July 3, 2023     

His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is recovering well after a surgery he underwent late last month.

On Thursday, June 22, he underwent surgery to remove two stones on his left kidney. He informed his diocese that he would be “out of commission for about 2-3 weeks.”

The next day, he was informed by his doctor that the “operation was a huge success.”

The diocese requests the prayers of the clergy and faithful that Abp. Kyrill would enjoy a full and speedy recovery.

Abp. Kyrill earlier took a temporary leave of absence for health reasons in 2018.


Abp. Kyrill has been serving in the Western American Diocese since 1982. After being ordained and serving for a year in Jerusalem, he was transferred to San Francisco for health reasons. He was consecrated as the Bishop of Seattle, Vicar Bishop of the Diocese of San Francisco in 1992, and was appointed the ruling bishop of the diocese in 2000. He was elevated to the rank of archbishop in 2003. He is currently 63 years old.

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