Born '''Michael Ivanovich Ilyinsky''' (Михаил Иванович Ильинский) on [[October 27]], 1866, Fr. Michael was a member of the faculty of [[St. Platon's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Tenafly, New Jersey)|St. Platon's]] [[Seminary]] in Tenafly, New Jersey, at its founding and became its [[rector]] prior to its closing in 1923. (Tarasar, 134, 334).
On [[October 13]], 1935, Fr. Michael was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] [[Bishop]] of Boston under the [[monastic]] name '''Macarius'''. In 1937, Bp. Macarius was appointed Bishop of Brooklyn and was also named rector of the newly established [[St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|St. Vladimir's Seminary]] in New York. (ibid., 334)