Patriarch Kirill expresses condolences over the death of his former Secretary

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill expressed his condolences in connection with death of former employee of the Leningrad theological schools and his Secretary Natalia Ustimenko, said in a message published Sunday on the website of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Natalia Ustimenko died 20 Jun 97-m to year of life in the poorhouse of the Voskresensky Novodevichy monastery in St. Petersburg, clarify on the site.

"Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences in the passing of Natalia Fedorovna Ustimenko, which for 10 years was my Secretary when he was carrying me rector's obedience in the Leningrad theological schools", - stated in the message of Patriarch Kirill to the mother superior of the Voskresensky Novodevichy convent abbess Sophia (Silina), a quotation from which is given in the statement on the website of the ROC.

According to Patriarch Kirill, Ustimenko was distinguished by "a sincere dedication to Church service with renunciation of all worldly cares".

According to the website of the Russian Orthodox Church, Natalia Ustimenko was the head of the office of the Leningrad theological Academy and Seminary from 1973 to 1984, during the principalship of Bishop Kirill — now the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, and after his transfer to the Smolensk Department "continued to communicate with him and regularly traveled to Smolensk on religious holidays".

The last years of his life in the poorhouse of the Novodevichy monastery of St. Petersburg.