Mother Maria (born Elizaveta Yuryevna Skobtsova) took monastic vows in 1932. In previous years, she was an active member of the Russian Student Christian Movement (RSCM). Being of pivotal importance in terms of understanding her way towards monastic ministry, this period of her life still remains understudied. This article focuses on E. Skobtsova’s participation in RSCM conferences and in the Circle of Russian Studies in 1926–1930 as well as on her work as secretary of RSCM in France in 1929–1932.
Keywords: Mother Maria (Skobtsova), Russian Student Christian Movement, the Circle of Russian Studies, the League of Orthodox Culture.