In 1973, Metropolitan Anthony came to receive an honorary doctorate from the University. During his visit Metropolitan Anthony also served the Divine Liturgy, for the small number of Russian Orthodox Christians living here which as far as we know, was the first occasion on which the Liturgy was served in Cambridge and we regard Vladyka Anthony's visit as the founding event in the life of our parish. A priest was sent from London to celebrate the Liturgy every month. By June 1978, Metropolitan Anthony gave the Community its own antimension. The community was placed in the care of Archpriest Basil Osborne who came to Cambridge from Oxford one Saturday each month, for over 20 years, to serve the Liturgy and care for the people.

Fr John Jillions became the priest of the parish in 1998. We had no permanent home until, in December 2000, the community began to worship in the Chapel of Westcott House, an Anglican Theological College. This arrangement was intended to last until the end of 2001, but we worshipped there for another 17 years before moving to St Clement's Church on Bridge Street! Fr Raphael Armour was ordained to serve as a second priest to the Community in July 2001. In 2002, the community was received as a Parish of the Sourozh Diocese. Fr Raphael succeeded Fr John as Rector of the Parish the following year.


Father Raphael Armour

Parish Priest



The spiritual leader of our parish is Father Raphael, who is the last priest to be ordained by the Archbishop Antony of Sourozh. Fr Raphael, who hails from Bedfordshire, and his American-born wife Carolyn are themselves converts to Orthodoxy.


Simon Connell



Peter Cremer


Church warden

Valentina Futoryanova