Archive Leonid Hoshkevycha-3

The Archives of a Kherson priest Leonid Hoshkevich



Particular documents that reflect the service and community activities of Leonid Ivanovich Hoshkevich constitute the majority (compilation of 328 singles)  and are dated 1834-1951.  These are numerous manuscripts of his sermons during 1910-1947, service certificates, award documents, correspondence and photo materials. The sermons, perceptive and deep in content, written by the hand of Father Leonid recover for us his good word from non-existence, addressed towards the people.  Even his works regarding the questions on divine services, compiled by Leonid Hoshkevich, a student of 4-5 parallel classes ( Kievo-Podolskiy Ecclesiastical School).

Among the photos and illustrative materials, of interest are two photographs from Japan.  One, with a gifted inscription, is from a classmate of Leonid Hoshkevich in the Kiev Spiritual Seminary Miriy Saykakiv  and his pencil drawing, dated 1885.  And the second – a photograph of the clergyman without any particular notations and without a date.  We were able to determine that it is the image of Mikolay, Archbishop of Japan (1836-1912), the letter from whom is dated August 18, 1910, and was safeguarded in the archive of Father Leonid.  This is the only memento of his renown relative Joseph Antonovich Hoshkevich.

His Holy Grace Mikolay (Ivan Kasatkin) came to Japan in 1861, as the dean of the church of the Russian Consulate, where at the time Joseph Antonovich Hoshkevich was performing the duties of a consul.  Members of the Hoshkevich family, in particular Victor Ivanovich and later Leonid Ivanovich, maintained friendly relations with the Hieromonk Mikolay.  Evidencing this is the abovementioned letter and the memoirs of Victor Ivanovich Hoshkevich, published in “Russian News”  in 1912. (5)

Also of interest are a small number of documents from religious institutions of Khersonschina during the period 1834-1894.  There is an order from the Kherson spiritual administration on February 8, 1834 about the appointment of Yohim Petrov for Paramonarious, fragments of notes about christenings 1867-1887, a report about the inappropriate behavior of a priest from Kherson's Holy Spirit church Sebastian Shumigorsky (1886-1894) and so on.

The academic working over of the Hoshkevich family archives has just begun.  Ahead there is interesting and tedious work.  Our main goal – the preservation and study of that which we already have, and in the future – possibly the replenishment of the collection with new materials.  With the goal of securing the protection and rational access of the manuscript collection, the definitive work has been performed of creating back-up copies via scanning (digitalization), included in that count are the documents from the archives of Leonid Hoshkevich.  So the archive is awaiting its researchers.



1.      Hoshkevich, L. I. Archives. Oles Honchar Kherson Regional Universal Scientific Library Collection.

2.      Pivorovich, V. B. Victor Ivanovich Hoshkevich – ranks, awards, callings//Academic notations of Kherson Ethnographic Museum. Kherson, 2004, pp. 98-102.

3.      Kuhar-Onishko, N. O.  The Undertakings of Leonid Hoshkevich in Mikolaevshchini// Academic notations of Kherson Ethnographic Museum. Kherson, 2004, pp.75-76

4.      SAKP, collection section 1979, essay No. 12, case no. 28, pp 232-233

5.      Golanets.  Two Pastors:  “Bonza” Nikolay// Russian News. 1912. February 25. No. 46, page 2.

SAKP - State Archives of Kherson Province

Golanets – V. I. Hoshkevich's pseudonym



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