2009-12-23 13:15:00

Priest killed by drunk hooligans in Moscow Region struggled against alcoholism

Moscow, December 23, Interfax – Icons healing from alcohol and drug addiction are kept in the Ascension Church in the Moscow Region Satino-Russkoye village, where Archpriest Alexander Phillipov killed last evening was a rector.

Fr. Alexander conducted a prayer service before the Akhtyrskaya Icon of the Mother of God and St. Bonifatius every Saturday and prayed for healing from alcoholism, smoking and other passions, the Moscow Diocese told Interfax.

As was reported, Archpriest Alexander Phillipov, Rector of the Ascension Church in Satino-Russkoye was killed in Tuesday evening.

“Fr. Alexander was killed only because he reproved monsters who relieved themselves in the doorway,” the priest’s widow Yelena told Interfax-Religion.

Fr. Alexander was 39 years old and had three teen daughters.