Monday, December 27, 2010

Session of Russian Orthodox Holy Synod

At its recent session the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church accepted the retirement of Metropolitan Chrysostom of Vilnius and Lithuania and elected in his place Archbishop Innocent (Vasilyev) of Korsun as Archbishop of Vilnius. Bishop Nestor (Sirotenko) of Caffa was then elected Bishop of Korsun with responsibility for the Western European diocese. Inside Russia Bishop Daniil of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk was elected Bishop of Arkhangelsk and Archimandrite Tikhon (Dorovskikh) was made Bishop-elect of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Archpriest Aleksandr Osokin was made Bishop-elect of Karaganda, Kazakhstan's newest diocese.

In other appointments Bishop Petr of Hîncesti, auxiliary to Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and Moldova, was elected Bishop of Ungeni and Archimandrite Nikodim (Vulpe) was elected Bishop of Edineţ and Briceni (another diocese of the Orthodox Church in Bessarabia).

And lastly, a friend of mine and my confessor during my months in Nizhniy Novgorod, Archpriest Igor Pchelintsev of St. Alexander of the Neva's Cathedral, has been transferred to the patriarchal Russian Orthodox Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem to serve the dependency of St. Tabitha's Church in Jaffa, Israel.

The full report on the Holy Synod session can be found here.

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