Southern Bessarabia Bishop Veniamin commemorates soon-to-be-saint Dionisie Erhan on his 75th death anniversary

His Grace Bishop Veniamin of Southern Bessarabia officiated on Monday, Sept. 17, a memorial service for the rest of the soul of Ismail Bishop Dionisie Erhan, whose canonization process was recently initiated, on his 75th death anniversary.

Bp Veniamin during the memorial service for Bishop Dionisie Erhan. ©Southern Bessarabia Diocese

The Metropolis of Bessarabia has started the procedures for the canonization of Ismail Bishop Dionisie Erhan (1868-1943), who was ordained to the episcopate in Iași in 1918, a short time after Romania’s Great Union took place.

Soon-to-be-Saint Bishop Dionisie Erhan

The worthy of remembrance Bishop Dionisie Erhan is one of the most outstanding church personalities from Bessarabia of the first half of the 20th century. He was a supporter of the achievement of the Greater Romania.

During the consolidation works at Suruceni Monastery, on July 10, 2018, the incorrupt body of Bishop Dionisie Erhan was discovered.

Thus, following the investigations made and the desire of the believers, the Metropolis of Bessarabia started the steps needed for the canonization of the worthy hierarch Dionisie.

The Metropolitan Synod of Bessarabia will submit to the Chancery of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church the necessary documentation required by the procedure for studying and analysing the canonization proposals of the dioceses of the Romanian Patriarchate.

Photography courtesy of Southern Bessarabia Diocese

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