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Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

His Holiness, Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia

The Patriarch is the Primate of our church, but unlike Roman Catholicism he is not alone for he is a part of the Ecumenical Council of all Orthodox Churches worldwide. The Patriarchs, and in some cases of autocephalous churches, Metropolitans, administer the churches as the Original Apostles did adhering to the command of Christ. Furthermore each of our Patriarchs, Bishops, Priests, and Deacons can trace their ordinations back though an unbroken chain to one of the Apostles, this is referred to as Apostolic Succession.

 

 

Official Biography of His Grace

JOHN

Bishop of Naro-Fominsk,

Vicar of the Moscow Diocese

 

Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA

Bishop John was born on October 22, 1974

  • In 1991, he graduated from Secondary School №4 in Moscow, studying the English Language
  • From 1991-1993 he studied Law at the Moscow University for the Humanities
  • From 1993-1994, he held obediances at the Pskov-Pechersk Monastery
  • From 1994-1997 he studied at the Moscow Theological Seminary
  • From 1996 – 1997 he was a staff member of the Publishing Council of the Russian Orthodox Church specializing in drafting Liturgical guidelines
  • In 1997, he was appointed the Secretariat for Inter-Christian Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Affairs
  • In December of 1998, he was a member of the delegation representing the Russian Orthodox Church at the 8th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Harare, Zimbabwe and was elected to the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches.
  • From 1999-2000 he studied at St. Vladimir's Seminary, in Crestwood NY
  • From 2000-2002 he completed studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC majoring in Philosophy
  • From 2003 to 2009, as a member of the secretariat for Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department on Church and Society, he was in charge of inter-religious communication, including interaction with the Interreligious Council of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States as well as a member of the Commission of the Conference of European Churches entitled "Islam in Europe ". He participated in the preparation of the fourth, fifth and sixth meetings of the joint Russian-Iranian commission entitled "Islam-Orthodoxy.”
  • On August 28, 2007, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kalliningrad (the present Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia) ordained Bishop John a Deacon
  • On August 28, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kalliningrad (the present Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia) ordained Bishop John into the Holy Priesthood
  • On July 27, 2009 the Holy Synod appointed him the Deputy Chairman of the Department of Church and Society of the Moscow Patriarchate.
  • In 2009, with the blessing of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, Bishop John was included in the council for the "Study of Religious Materials in the Courts in an Effort to Identify Signs of Extremism" in Russian Ministry of Justice.
  • He was the official representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia, a member of the Commission on the organization of state support and the development of original Cossack culture, a member of the Public Council under the Federal Drug Control Service, a member of the Public Council of the Russian Federal Department of Cartography and Cadastre.
  • From 2010 to 2013 he was the Executive Secretary of the Interreligious Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  • In October of 2012 the Holy Synod appointed him as the representative of the World Russian People's Council at the UN and cleric of St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.
  • On March 11, 2014 with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, the rector of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, His Eminence Archbishop Feognost of Sergiev – Posad tonsured Archpriest George Roshchin a Hieromonk. He was tonsured with the name of John in honor of St. John (Maximovitch), Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco.
  • According to Journal № 66 of the Summer Session of the Holy Synod of Bishops Hieromonk John (Roshchin), cleric of St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City is appointed as the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, with the title of "Naro-Fominsk", Vicar of the Moscow Diocese.
  • On July 28, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill elevated Hieromonk John to the rank of Archimandrite.
  • On August 1st, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill elevated Archimandrite John to the Episcopacy.