Sergei Garklavs

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V. Rev. Sergei Garklavs (20 December 1927-19 October 2015) was a priest in the Orthodox Church of America and served in the parishes of Protection of the Virgin Mary Church in Gary, Indiana, St. Panteleimon Church in Summit, Illinois, and then Holy Trinity Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois. He is the adopted son of Archbishop John (Garklavs) of Chicago, and assisted him in saving the Theotokos of Tikhvin icon from the hands of the Soviets and Nazis during World War II and its aftermath. After Archbishop John reposed in 1982, Fr. Sergei was the icon's caretaker until its return to Russia in 2004.


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