Elias Wen
Elias Wen
Birth: 19 November 1896
Beijing, China
Death: 8 June 2007
San Francisco, California, USA
Age: 110 years, 201 days
Country: ChinaCHNUnited StatesUSA

Elias Wen, Chinese name Wen Zizheng (Chinese: 伊利亚·文子正; 19 November 1896 — 8 June 2007) was a Chinese-American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group.


Elias Wen was born in Beijing, China on 19 November 1896 into a poor bricklayer/tiler family in Beijing in 1896, and converted to the Orthodox Christian Faith at the age of 7. From 1905 to 1916 he studied at the Russian Orthodox Mission school in Beijing, and then at the Seminary there from 1916 until 1925. He was ordained a deacon in 1924, and a priest in 1925. On 24 June 1935, he became one of the founding members of the Shanghai China Orthodox Association; he served as one of three vice-chairmen of the association under chairman Yu Qiaqing. In 1946 he became the rector of the Surety of Sinners Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Shanghai, and served under St. John (Maximovitch).

In 1949, he fled China to Hong Kong, as the Communists took over the mainland, and in 1957 he was transferred to the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, where he again served under St. John.

He was elevated to the rank of protopresbyter in 1981. He remained at this cathedral for the remainder of his life.

Elias Wen died in San Francisco, California, USA, on 8 June 2007 at the age of 110 years, 201 days. He is survived by five sons, one daughter, 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


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