Confessor of the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna and Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, who was sister of the Emperor of Russia Nicholas II.
Leonid Kolchev was born on the 22nd of September 1871. In 1897 he graduated from the Tambov Seminary and was ordained. During the time when he was abbot in a town called Morshansk, he worked hard in education, led building of a school and a seminary. Later he was transferred to the imperial estate of Oreanda in the Crimea and in 1905 he was enlisted in the staff of the court clergy.
He graduated from the course of the Moscow Theological Academy (1909). In 1918 he was transferred to Livadia. Emigrated from Russia. In 1920-1924 Leonid Kochev was a priest in Constantinople. In 1921 he was mentioned as a member of the Episcopal Council of the Russian Orthodox Church in Constantinople.
For some time he served in Paris. Then he moved to Copenhagen, where until his death he was the rector of the Orthodox Church in Copenhagen and confessor of the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (1847-1928). In his farewell speech, the Empress’s confessor, court archpriest Leonid Kolchev said: “So, it has happened. The candle of clean wax burned out. The life of the Queen-Mother died out. Millions of her children in Russia have become orphaned … ”
He died on June the 7th, 1944. His ashes are now buried in a cemetery in Denmark, together with Matushka Olga and next to the grave of his son Arkady.