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Figourovsky, Innocent (1863–1931)

  1. Robert L. Gallagher

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1539

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Gallagher, R. L. 2011. Figourovsky, Innocent (1863–1931). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

Abstract

Innocent Figourovsky was a Russian Orthodox missionary to Beijing (Peking), China, who administered the mission for 33 years. Leaving Russia in 1897, Archimandrite Figourovsky found the Russian Orthodox missions in China with no more than 500 baptized members. Six previous mission expeditions had ministered mainly to expatriate Russian merchants engaged in the tea trade and guards of the Imperial Palace (descendents of the 45 Russian prisoners taken in 1685 at Albazin), focusing on diplomatic, scholastic, and publishing activities. The reasons for the lack of evangelistic and educational progress were the insufficient financial support from the Russian government to preach in places beyond the capital, the discouragement of that government toward any effort to convert the Chinese population, and the missionaries arriving without any knowledge of the Chinese language and culture.

Keywords:

  • figourovsky, innocent (1863–1931);
  • Russian orthodox missionary to beijing (peking), china;
  • “the grand old bishop”;
  • mission magazine, chinese good news