Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill visited the Caspian Institute of Maritime and River Transport, a branch of the Volga State University of Water Transport, where he consecrated the foundation stone of the future maritime church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. The primate of the Russian Orthodox Church was accompanied by the governor of the Astrakhan region Alexander Zhilkin, the administrator of the affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga Varsonofiy, Metropolitan Nikola of Astrakhan and Kamyzyak and other hierarchs.
In a warm atmosphere, Patriarch Kirill congratulated the director of the branch Olga Kartashova, the faculty, students and cadets of the university with the beginning of such an important matter as the construction of the church. His Holiness emphasized the need for spiritual support for all students, since, according to him, any conscientious teaching is primarily self-restraint and self-discipline, and also instructed the students of the Institute to work and serve for the benefit of the Fleet and Fatherland.
The idea to build a church next to the buildings of the Caspian Institute of Sea and River Transport, which appeared among the cadets and the leadership of the educational institution, was supported by the head of the Astrakhan Metropolitan Bishop Nikon. The temple decided to name in honor of the patron of all sailors – St. Nicholas Archbishop Mir Lycian Miracle-worker. The construction, which is planned to be financed through donations, is overseen by the Charitable Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the Institute, which acts as a single educational complex on the Lower Volga, which trains specialists with secondary and higher professional education for water transport.