Teacher Ioan Octavian Visan Ciobotea was remembered as a ‘teacher by vocation,’ who dedicated his life to the ‘Romanian school’ with ‘patience, much love and diligence’ during his funeral service on Friday, Jan. 18, at St Nicholas Church of Cernica Monastery near Bucharest.
His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel attended the funeral service of his brother-in-law teacher Ioan Octavian who died on January 15, 2019, when Romania celebrates the National Culture Day.
The service was led by His Grace the Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Bucharest, Timotei of Prahova, and assisted by the patriarchal auxiliary bishops, clergy, patriarchal advisers, friends and relatives of His Beatitude.
At the funeral service, the 70-year-old was remembered as a teacher who ‘has greatly laboured teaching his disciples to appreciate the genuine values of the Romanian culture.’
Assistant Bishop Timotei of Prahova, gave the homily, describing teacher Ioan Octavian as a ‘teacher by vocation,’ who dedicated his life to the ‘Romanian school’ with ‘patience, much love and diligence.’
His Grace recalled that the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church dedicated the year 2019 to the diligent priests, teachers, and mayors ‘who were involved in the life of the Romanian village.’
‘He was a loving, industrious and very modest man,’ who was also very hospitable since many hierarchs, priests, and monastics were often welcomed at Visan-Ciobotea’s house in Bucharest.
In the face of illness, he showed ‘a great strength and hope in God, being happy with his family, children, grandchildren, and friends, and perhaps nostalgically longing after his native places where he first saw daylight.’
Ioan Octavian Visan-Ciobotea was the spouse of Prof. Floarea Visan-Ciobotea, the sister of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel.
He reposed in the Lord on January 15, 2019, two weeks before reaching the age of 70.
Photography courtesy of Mircea Florescu / Basilica.ro