Archdiocese of Russian Churches of Western Europe received into ROC

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. Photo: kerpc.ru

The Archdiocese of Russian Churches of Western Europe under His Eminence Archbishop John of Dubna has been officially received into the Russian Orthodox Church.

On October 7, 2019, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church received the Archdiocese of Western European parishes of the Russian tradition to the Russian Orthodox Church, reports the website of the ROC.

Having considered the appeal from Archbishop John (Renneteau), head of the Archdiocese of Western European Parishes of Russian Tradition, who expressed the desire of a majority of the Archdiocese’s clergy and parishes to preserve its existence through entering the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church, the members of the Holy Synod resolved “that Archbishop John (Renneteau) be accepted in the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate with the title ‘of Dubna’ together with all the clergy under his leadership who wish to follow him and parishes which will express this desire” (Minutes No. 122).

“A historic session of the Holy Synod has ended,” writes His Grace Bishop Savva of Zelenograd, The Deputy Chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate, on his Telegram channel.

“The Archdiocese of the Western European parishes of the Russian tradition is now an integral part of the Moscow Patriarchate,” he reports, noting that it will continue to its own administrative traditions, as had been proposed to it by the Moscow Patriarchate.

Abp. John, the ruling hierarch of the Archdiocese, was received into the Moscow Patriarchate on September 14, and on September 28, a majority of the clergy and parishes of the Archdiocese resolved to join him.

We recall that about 20 parishes passed of Archdiocese entered the jurisdiction of the Phanar.

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