Academic degrees and titles
1973 – Candidate of Science (PhD equivalent) in Physics and Mathematics.
2007 – Dr. theol., honoris causa, at St. Sergius Orthodox Institute, Paris
1992 – Rector of STOU and STOTI
1997 – Professor, Department of Practical Theology
1959-1965 – undergraduate studies, Department of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University
1965-1970 – postgraduate studies
1973 – defence of doctoral thesis, Candidate of Science (PhD equivalent) in physics and mathematics
1980 – graduation from Moscow Theological Seminary1982 – graduation from Moscow Theological Academy
– Rector of the Church of St. Nicholas in Kuznetskaia Sloboda and tributary churches in Moscow
– Head of the Department of the Modern History of the Russian Orthodox Church at STOU
– Chairman of the Russian Federal Theological Association of Theological Education and Teaching Methodology
– Member of the Inter-conciliar Assembly, the Synodal Commission for the Canonization of Saints (secretary), the Publishing Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Patriarchal Council for Family and the Protection of Motherhood, the Editorial Board of the Orthodox Encyclopedia; Member of the Board of the Coordination Center for the Development of Academic Theology in the Russian Orthodox Church, and the College of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for Church Charity and Social Ministry, the Editorial Board of the Journal Pravoslavnaia Beseda [Orthodox Dialogue], and other church and secular academic/educational bodies and organizations
– Chaplain of St. Peter's Orthodox School
Father Vladimir Vorobyov was born in Moscow in 1941. From 1959 to 1965, he studied at the Faculty of Physics of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), from which he graduated in 1965. In 1970, he completed his postgraduate studies at MSU, defended his thesis in 1973, and received his PhD in Physics and Mathematics.
From 1970 to 1980, Father Vladimir worked at the Computational Center of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
In 1979, Father Vladimir Vorobyov was ordained a priest. In 1982, he graduated from the Moscow Theological Academy. In 1997, he was appointed rector of St. Nicholas Church in Kuznetskaia Sloboda and of the tributary Church of the Life-Giving Trinity in Vishniaki, which was reopened and restored under his leadership. Under the guidance of Father Vladimir, St. Peter’s Orthodox School and the Sunday School of the Church of St. Nicholas in Kuznetsy, children’s camps, and the Pravoslavnyi mir [Orthodox World] bookstore were founded.
Archpriest Vladimir was one of the organizers of Theological and Catechetical Courses beginning in 1990, and in 1991 he was elected rector of the same. After the courses were transformed into Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Institute, he was appointed rector in March 1992. In May 2004, the Institute was accorded university status and transformed into Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities (STOU).
In 1997, Archpriest Vladimir Vorobyov received the title of professor.
Under Archpriest Vladimir’s leadership, STOTI and STOU developed a state educational multi-denominational standard for theology, which became the basis the state-classified major in Theology and for creating theological faculties and departments at state universities.
In 1998, Archpriest Vladimir Vorobyov became a member of the Synodal Commission on the Canonization of Saints and took an active part in preparing the large-scale canonization of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia at the Jubilee Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church in 2000. Under his guidance, an icon of the Synaxis of New Martyrs and Confessors of the Church of Russia was painted for the canonization at STOU.
Since 2000, he has served as Deputy Chairman of the Council for Theological Eduation and Teaching Methodology as part of the Association for Classical University Education at Lomonosov Moscow State University.
In 2007 he received the degree of Doctor of Theology honoris causa from Saint Serge Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris.
Since October 2015, he has been Chair of the Federal Association for Theological Education and Teaching Methodology and Secretary of the Synodal Commission for the Canonization of Saints.
From 2004–2015, Archpriest Vladimir Vorobyov, as Rector of STOU, organized the restoration of the former Moscow Eparchy House, which was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church, with the restoration of the historical memorial area (the Conciliar Chamber and the St. Vladimir Church). Currently, the former Diocesan House houses the main building of STOU and STOTI.
Academic and Public Activities
Father Vladimir is one of the organizers of the study of the modern history of the Church of Russia in the 20th century; he is the director of the STOU research department for the modern history of the Russian Orthodox Church; he is the chief editor of the “Materials on the Modern History of the Russian Orthodox Church,” which has published 30 monographs including unique documents and memories since 1994.
Father Vladimir is Editor-in-Chief of the STOU periodicals: Theological Collection (1992–2003), all five series of Saint Tikhon’s University Review (from 2003), as well as Editor-in-Chief of STOU Publishing House. He has authored more than 120 publications on church history, liturgical tradition, pastoral theology, religious education, and various problems of church life.