1894 graduated Vologda Theol. Seminary; 1906 graduated Kazan Theol. Seminary as Candidate of Theol.
1913-1914 attended courses at Yaroslavl Department, Archeological Institute.
1894-1896 psalm-reader in Vologda eparchy and teacher in parish school. 1896 ordained priest, sent on mission to Perm and appointed inspector of parish schools, Perm Uezd. Since 1906 eparchial missionary, Yaroslavl.
1909 took monastic vows, assumed name of Korniliy and was ordained archimandrite. 1913 Father Superior, Sergiev Vamitsky Trinity Monastery, Rostov, and eparchial missionary. 1915 ordained Bishop of Rybinsk and Vicar of Yaroslalvl eparchy.
1921 transferred to Kharkhov eparchy. Since 1922 as one of the schismatic renovators was incumbent metropolitan of various eparchies. 1943 repented and was admitted to Moscow Patriarchate as Bishop of Sumy.
1945 ordained Archbishop of Sumy and Akhtyrka and appointed Archbishop of Vilna and Lithuania. 1945-1948 simultaneously administered eparchy of Riga. 1949 appointed Archbishop of Gorky and Arzamas.
Religion is a tool used by the ruling classes for the masses to relieve their suffering via the act of experiencing religious emotions.