Credinta Aprilie - Iunie 2014
his Eminence Varsanufie is the new Archbishop of Râmnic
On May 22, 2014, under the presidency of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church met in a working session at the Patriarchal Residence.
After the opening of the session, under the presidency of His Eminence Irineu, Metropolitan of Oltenia, there was an election for the vacant see of the Archdiocese of Râmnic.
On May 17, 2014, the Metropolitan Synod of the Metropolis of Oltenia, in accordance with the Eparchial Assembly of the Archdiocese of Râmnic, designated as candidates via secret ballot His Grace Varsanufie Prahoveanul, Vicar Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bucharest, and His Grace Emilian Lovişteanul, Vicar Bishop of the Archdiocese of Râmnic.
The Holy Synod has chosen, via secret ballot, His Grace Varsanufie Prahoveanul, Vicar Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bucharest, for the vacant chair of Archbishop of Râmnic, with 25 out of 43 valid votes. His Grace Emilian Lovişteanul, Vicar Bishop of the Archdiocese of Râmnic, had 18 votes.
The enthronement ceremony of the new Archbishop of Râmnic will take place at the St. Nicholas Archdiocesan Cathedral in the city of Râmnicu Vâlcea, on Sunday, June 8, 2014, after the Divine Liturgy.
His Eminence Varsanufie was born on January 24, 1968, in Bucharest. He attended classes at the Theological Seminary in Bucharest (1990-1994), and in 2013 earned his Ph.D. in Theology after the defense of his doctoral thesis entitled “The Work of Divine Grace in the Writings of St. Gregory Palamas.”
In 1998, he was tonsured at Slănic Monastery (Argeş County), and was later ordained hieromonk at the Radu Vodă Monastery of Bucharest. Between 1999 and 2006 he was the archimandrite of this monastery, where he initiated the restoration of its iconography, iconostasis, and bell tower, as well as the construction of a mosaic candle burner.
Between 1991 and 2001 he served as exarch of the monasteries of the Archdiocese of Bucharest. In 2001, he was chosen as the Vicar Bishop of the Holy Synod of the Archdiocese of Bucharest, bearing the title Prahoveanul.
In 2007, at the suggestion of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, he became the secretary of the Metropolitan Synod of the Metropolis of Muntenia and Dobrogea, and president of the Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Bucharest.
As Vicar Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bucharest, His Grace Varsanufie Prahoveanul coordinated the construction work at the churches and monasteries of Bolintin and Chiajna, of the Gherghiceanu, Sf. Stefan cel Mare, Jilava,Vlădiceasca şi Ciorogârla II parishes, and of 66 other churches and chapels in public institutions (hospitals, penitentiaries, military units, schools and charitable establishments), as well as the setting up of 11 charitable canteens.
He also coordinated the iconography project of the Ploieşti Penitentiary Chapel, of the Rahova Penitentiary Church, and the Hyperion High School Chapel in Bucharest.
His Eminence also has carried out an abundance of educational activity, as a Religion teacher (1990-1998) and as a methodology teacher of Religion in the 6th sector of Bucharest. Since 1998 he has been a professor of New Testament studies at the Metropolitan Nifon Theological Seminary in Bucharest. We must mention that His Grace Varsanufie Prahoveanul coordinated the construction work on the new building of the Metropolitan Nifon Theological Seminary in Bucharest, as well as setting up 106 religion offices in schools throughout Bucharest, Prahova, Ilfov and Giurgiu.
His Grace Varsanufie Prahoveanul was editor of the Orthodox apologetics magazine Martyria (1993-1996), edited the children’s magazine Floarea Darurilor (1994-1997), and since 2001 has been Vice President of the Editorial Board of the Glasul Bisericii magazine of the Mitropolis of Dobrogea.
He has published many articles and studies in the magazines Glasul Bisericii and Mitropolia Olteniei, and is the author of three plays in verse for children: Trei Crai (Three Kings), Martiriul Sfântului Gheorghe (The Martyrdom of St George), and Moartea lui Iuda (The Death of Judas).
As Vicar Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bucharest, with the blessing of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, His Grace Varsanufie Prahoveanul coordinated the translation and editing of a prayer book and of the Divine Liturgy in the Gypsy language for the Rroma communities of Romania, and was also responsible for the editing of several CDs with religious content, of which we mention: Chants from the Triodion and Pentecost Period, The Liturgy of Saint Gheorghe of Cernica, The Liturgy of the Romanian Saints, The Life of Saint Mary of Egypt, etc.