Morozan Vladimir

Financial situation of parish priests of St. Petersburg cathedrals in the 19th — early 20th centuries

Morozan Vladimir (2020) "Financial situation of parish priests of St. Petersburg cathedrals in the 19th — early 20th centuries ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia II : Istoriia. Istoriia Russkoy Pravoslavnoy Tserkvi, 2020, vol. 94, pp. 31-44 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturII202094.31-44


This article studies the improvement in the fi nancial situation of priests of St. Peterburg cathedrals during the 19th — early 20th centuries. Work at cathedrals of the capital city was regarded as prestigious and lucrative. However, not all parishes of St. Petersburg were suffi ciently supported fi nancially. The clergy of certain churches, as well as many uyezd priests of the diocese, experienced fi nancial diffi culties and suffered from bad accomodation. Despite their high level of education, the clergy of St. Petersburg cathedrals often had to look for additional income. Most often, this category of parish clergy taught religion at the city’s educational institutions, less often other subjects. Particularly vulnerable were those who due to their age and bad health were not able to continue their work full time. The article examines the fi nancial situation of the largest cathedrals of St. Petersburg, i.e. Isaakievskiy, Kazanskiy, Andreevskiy, Morskoy Bogoyavlenskiy, Troitse-Petrovskiy, and Petropavlovskiy. Each of them had its glorious history and own traditions. The financial situation was not the same and was not always good. Living conditions were also of varied levels. Sometimes the clergyrented out parts of the houses to outsiders, sometimes they had to rent apartments themselves.


parish clergy, monetary allowances and support, housing, cathedral, clergymen


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Information about the author

Morozan Vladimir

Academic Degree: Doctor of Sciences* in History;
Place of work: St. Petersburg State University; 7‒9 Universitetskaya nab., St. Petersburg 199034, Russian Federation;
Post: Professor;
ORCID: 0000-0003-4312-0566;
Email: v_moga@mail.ru.

*According to ISCED 2011, a post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates.