Letter of Kalistrate Tsintsadze
His Holiness and Beatitude Kalistrate Tsintsadze was born as
Bitchiko (son of Mikheil) Tsintsadze in the village of Tobanieri
in the Kutaisi district on April 12, 1866.
From 1875 to 1882 Kalistrate Tsintsadze studied in the Kutaisi
Theological Seminary. In 1888-1892 he studied in the Kiev
Theological Seminary. When he returned to Georgia, he was
consecrated as the deacon of the Virgin Didube Church, and after
a few days he became its head priest.
Kalitrate fought for the restoration of the autocephaly of
Georgian Church. He was arrested in 1922 and spent three years
in Metekhi prison. On October 31, 1925, with the blessing of
Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ambrose, Kalistrate was
promoted to the rank of bishop.
The very same day he was consecrated as the Metropolitan. On
November 11 Metropolitan Kalistrate became a full member of
the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ambrose’s church.
He was allowed to wear the cross over his cowl and had
privileges beyond those of the bishops during Divine Services.
On June 21-27, 1932 Metropolitan Kalistrate was consecrated at
the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia at the Fourth Church
Meeting in Tbilisi. This was during the very difficult period
around the country following the Great Purge.
In this letter, Kalistrate Tsintsadze asks Georgian Communist
Party First Secretary Kandid Charkviani to protect the Georgian