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Leonty (Turkevich) (b. Leonid Ieronimovich Turkevich in Kremenets, Volhynia in 1876, d. May 14, 1965) was the Metropolitan of the North American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church from 1950 until his death in 1965. He was succeeded by Metropolitan Ireney (Bekish). Metropolitan Leonty should not be confused with Archbishop Leonty (Filipovich), a hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia who died in 1971.

Leonid Ieronimovich Turkevich was ordained to the priesthood in 1905, and succeeded his father as parish priest of Kremenetz. He was transferred, along with his family, to the United States in October 1906 and became the rector of the newly established Orthodox seminary (St. Platon's) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Fr. Leonid represented the American diocese of the Russian Church at the All-Russian Church Council of 1917-1918 in Moscow, Russia.[1]

Fr. Leonid, whose wife had died in 1925, was consecrated Bishop of Chicago in 1933. He was given the name Leonty during his tonsure as a monastic.[1] Archbishop Leonty was elected Metropolitan of the diocese nearly unanimously during the 8th All-American Sobor, held in December 1950.[2] He succeeded Metropolitan Theophilus (Pashkovsky), who died in June of that year.

In July 1988, Metropolitan Leonty's granddaughter, Tamara Turkevich Skvir, donated 50 bound volumes of diaries and papers covering the period from 1906—1964 to the Library of Congress. The collection also included approximately 2,000 poems as well as other miscellaneous memoranda and historical documents.[3]

Preceded by
Paul (Gavrilov)
Archbishop of Chicago
1933–1950
Succeeded by
John (Garklavs)
Preceded by
Theophilus (Pashkovsky)
Primate of the Orthodox Church in America
1950–1965
Succeeded by
Ireney (Bekish)

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