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Ivan Boretsky

Boretsky Ivan Matviіovych, Holobok coat of arms, monastic name Job (year of birth unknown; Birch village, Peremyshlchyna, now Peremyshlyansk district of Pidkarpackie voievodship, Poland – 02.03.1631, Kyiv) – Ukrainian political, educational, and ecclesiastical activist, Metropolitan of Kyiv, Galicia, and All Ruthenia (Rus), professor, Rector of Lviv Brotherhood School, one of the founders of Kyiv Brotherhood, professor and first Rector of Kyiv Brotherhood School, writer, saint. Spiritual and political mentor of Petro Mohyla.

He came from a noble Ukrainian family. Studied at Lviv Brotherhood School, Ostroh School and at Krakow University. Since 1604 was teaching Latin and Greek languages and chaired Lviv Brotherhood School as Rector.
In 1610 he moved to Kyiv, where Boretsky became one of the members of the academic circle in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. In 1610-1615 he served as a priest at Kyiv Resurrection Church in Podil where he founded a parochial school. In 1615 he actively participated in the establishment of Kyiv Brotherhood and Kyiv Brotherhood School where he became the first Rector; he provided trainings and took care of poor children and orphans at his own expense.

In addition, he was one of the first professors of the school, teaching philosophy and Greek and Latin languages. Job Boretsky greatly valued education and determined the level of Kyiv Brotherhood School as an institution of higher education. He also laid the foundations for its further development.

In 1618, having taken monastic vows, he became the abbot of Kyiv Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery. In 1620 supported by Hetman Petro Sahaidachny and with the blessing of the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophanes III, he restored Ukrainian Orthodox hierarchy which became uniaware after the Brest Union. After the restoration of the Orthodox Church, Boretsky became the first Metropolitan of Kyiv, Galicia, and All Ruthenia.

At the same time, he continued to take care of Kyiv Brotherhood and Kyiv Brotherhood School. In 1629 he received the recognition and approval of Kyiv Brotherhood by a royal diploma. And he even taught theology at that school. Buried according to his will at the metropolitan residence of that time — Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery.
In 2008 dedicating the event to the 1020th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus-Ukraine, Local Council of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate blessed the recognition of St. Job, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ruthenia as one of the Saints for the universal church worship, his name to be put into Orthodox Church calendar, and the memory of St. Job to be celebrated on March 15 (2), on the day of his death.

On February 22, 2018, Kyiv City Council renamed the Panfilovtsy Lane to Job Boretsky Lane.