On February 22nd, 2018, following a prolonged illness, Prince Vladimir Kirillovich Galitzine reposed in the Lord. Vladimir Kirillovich served as warden of the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York for 38 years.
Born in Belgrade in 1942, he and his family found their way to Germany as refugees in the same year. In 1951, the Galitzines moved to New York, where Vladimir Kirillovich worked for many years in the Bank of America’s international division.
Prince Vladimir Kirillovich, or “Mickey” as his close friends knew him, ardently loved his Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, her hierarchs, pastors, and faithful children. The re-establishment of canonical union between ROCOR and the Church in the fatherland was for him a joyous event. In his own words, “The establishment of Communion is a very important event in the ecclesial life of the Russian diaspora. And it became possible thanks to the fact that now, we are one. Now we pray together, we approach the Holy Mysteries together.”
Regardless of his descent from one of the most ancient noble lines of the Russian Empire, Vladimir Kirillovich was set apart by his modesty and genuinely aristocratic regard for every person.
Prince V.K. Galitzine was laid to rest on Monday, February 26th in the cemetery of Novo-Diveevo Convent (Spring Valley, NY).
The administration of Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary expresses gratitude to the servant of God Vladimir for his constant support of the Lavra of the Russian Diaspora and expresses its deep condolences to his wife Tatiana Vladimirovna, family, and loved ones.
May the Lord grant him eternal blessedness in His Heavenly kingdom!