First named Russian Orthodox Archbishop of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, he later on held the name of Patriarch of Moscow and Most of Russia. In 1989, he started serving within the Holy Synod from the Russian Orthodox Chapel. Before going to the Leningrad Seminary as well as the Leningrad Theological Academy, he worked well like a cartographer for the Leningrad Geological Expedition from the 1960s. Upon his 1969 ordination like a Hierodeacon in the Russian Orthodox Chapel, he was presented with the name of Kirill honoring the Greek Christian missionary Saint Cyril. Created Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev, he was raised in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia, as the boy of a instructor mom and a cleric dad. Russian Chief executive (and later Primary Minister) Dmitry Medvedev went to Kirill’s 2009 Patriarchal election wedding ceremony.