Holy Synod elects new Archbishop of Suceava and Rădăuți

The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church has elected the new Archbishop of Suceava and Rădăuți, following the repose of the 90-year-old Archbishop Pimen Suceveanul.

The members of the Holy Synod met under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel for a working session at the Patriarchal Palace on Tuesday.

The Holy Synod elected by secret vote His Grace Bishop Calinic of Botosani, assistant bishop to the Archdiocese of Iasi, for the vacant episcopal see of Suceava and Radauti.

Archbishop-elect Calinic (Constantin) Dumitriu was born in Iasi on November 18, 1957.

In March 1980 he became a novice at Putna Monastery, and in 1984 he was tonsured a monk receiving the name of Calinic (Callinicus).

During 1985-1989 he studied at ‘Andrei Șaguna’ Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Sibiu.

On May 14, 1986, he was ordained to the diaconate at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Iași by the patriarch Teoctist of blessed memory, and on August 15, in the same year, he was ordained a hieromonk on behalf of Putna Monastery.

In 1990 he was appointed abbot of Râșca Monastery by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, who was then Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina.

On March 25, 2991, he was ordained to the episcopate in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Iași, and appointed assistant bishop of the Archdiocese of Iași.

Photography courtesy of Lumina Newspaper

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