Protopresbyter Vitaly Borovoy is known as an “academician of church experience”. He was a symbolic figure in the history of the XX century church and is remembered as a theologian, academic, seasoned diplomat, spiritual director, preacher and teacher. The article deals with the main areas of Protopresb. Vitaly Borovoy’s ministry in the first 30 years of his church life and service (1929–1959). This period is considered to be of particular interest as the time when Fr Vitaly’s core beliefs and values were formed and his views on the church and the civil society took shape. Those years were equally formative for him as a spiritual director, teacher, church academic and diplomat.
Keywords: education, ministry, church, tradition, sermon, pastoral ministry, theology, unity.