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Platon (Rozhdestvensky) of New York

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First American term
===First American term===
[[Image:Platon Rozhdestvensky2.jpg|left|thumb|150px|Metr. Platon during his first term in the US]]
In 1907, he was transferred to the North American diocese, arriving on [[September 5]], 1907. Reacting to the needs of the diocese he welcomed more Carpatho-Russian [[Uniate]]s back to Orthodoxy and addressed social services by founding the Russian Immigrants Home and an orphanage in New York City. He also transferred the Metropolia seminary from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Tenefly, New Jersey to bring it closer to its main source of students and to the church administration.
In 1914, he was transferred to the [[diocese]] of Kishniece and Khotin, leaving America on [[May 20]], 1914, but shortly thereafter he became [[exarch]] of Georgia and a member of the [[Holy Synod]] of the [[Church of Russia]]. He served in 1915 in the Second State Duma, and before the revolution of 1917, he was appointed Metropolitan of Kherson and Odessa. With the defeat of the White Army by the Bolsheviks he was forced to leave Odessa for Europe and eventually America.

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