His Grace Macarie, the Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Northern Europe, celebrates on Friday, July 6, 2018, 10 years since his enthronement

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On this occasion, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel conveyed a congratulatory message.

 

His Grace was born on May 9, 1977 in Căianu-Mic, Bistriţa-Năsăud County, the third child in the family of the Orthodox faithful Vasile and Ana from Spermezeu, Bistriţa-Năsăud County. At baptism he was named Marius-Dan.

 

Studies

 

  • 1991-1996: Orthodox Theological Seminary Saint Metropolitan Dosoftei from Suceava
  • 1996-2000: Faculty of Orthodox Theology of Cluj-Napoca, “Babeş-Bolyai” University
  • June-September 1997: French language courses in the “Le Verbe de Vie” Community, Aubazine, France
  • 2000-2001: Advanced Studies / Master, Department of Theology-History, Faculty of Orthodox Theology of Cluj-Napoca, “Babeş-Bolyai” University
  • February-April 2002: English language courses in “The English Language Center” in York, United Kingdom

 

  • 2004-2005: UK specialization studies at the University of the Resurrection (Mirfield) and Durham (St. John’s College)
  • 2000-2005: PhD courses at the Faculty of European Studies, “Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, European History and Ethnology, with the thesis: History and Cultural Identities in Northwestern Transylvania
  • 2001-2005: PhD courses at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, “Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, specialty History of the Romanian Orthodox Church and notions of Paleography. On April 2, 2008, he obtained the academic title of Doctor in Theology, receiving a maximum qualification, with the thesis: Orthodox and Greek Catholics in Transylvania (1874-1916). Convergences and Divergences

 

Activities

 

  • 1998-2003: Cabinet Secretary of the Archbishop Bartolomeu of Vad, Feleac and Cluj
  • 1999-2001: editor at Renaşterea from Cluj-Napoca
  • February-July 2001: a substitute professor of religion at Ioan Bob School in Cluj-Napoca
  • June 23, 2003: was ordered monk with the name Macarie by His Eminence Archbishop Andrew of Alba Iulia, in Saint John the Baptist Monastery of Alba-Iulia, having as godfather His Eminence Bishop Vasile Someşanul

 

  • June 24, 2003 – The Birth of St. John the Baptist: ordained hierodiacon by His Eminence Archbishop Andrew of Alba Iulia, at the Liturgy on the Day of the Saint John the Baptist Monastery in Alba Iulia
  • January 6, 2004 – Baptism of the Lord: ordained hieromonk by Archbishop Andrew of Alba Iulia, in the Reunification Cathedral of Alba-Iulia, as a servant for this cathedral, and in parallel he is appointed as a graduate assistant and confessor at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of Alba -Julia

 

  • 2004-2005: During the theology studies at the Universities of Leeds and Durham in the United Kingdom, with the blessing and guidance of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph of Western and Southern Europe, establishes a first Romanian Orthodox parish in northern England, the Romanian Orthodox Parish Saint Macarie the Great Mirfield-Leeds, with two subsidiaries in Manchester and Corby
  • April 24, 2005, Flowers Sunday: ordained protosinghel and ecclesiarh of the Cathedral of Cluj-Napoca by His Eminence Archbishop Bartolomeu of Vad, Feleac and Cluj
  • 2005-2008, ecclesiarh of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Cluj-Napoca and professor-confessor at the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Cluj-Napoca
  • March 5, 2008, elected Bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese for Northern Europe by the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, with 42 out of 45 votes cast. Receives the rank of archimandrite
  • March 16, 2008 – Sunday of Orthodoxy, ordained archimandrite in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Cluj-Napoca by His Eminence Archbishop and Metropolitan Bartolomeu

 

  • May 2, 2008 – The Spring of Healing, ordained bishop in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Cluj-Napoca by a gathering of 11 hierarchs
  • July 6, 2008 – Third Sunday after Pentecost, enthroned in the Serbian Episcopal Cathedral of Stockholm as the first bishop of the Orthodox Romanians in Northern Europe.

 

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