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Hypo-Ortho
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« on: November 04, 2002, 09:02:24 PM »

Over this past weekend, Nov. 1-2, a new bishop has been Consecrated for the OCA.  Info on this will appear on the OCA Website and on the OCA's Romanian Episcopate's Website shortly.

The new hierarch is His Grace, The Right Reverend IRINEU [Duvlea], who has been Consecrated as titular Bishop of Dearborn Heights, Auxiliary/Vicar-Bishop to His Eminence, Archbishop NATHANIEL of Detroit, Ruling Bishop of the OCA's Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America and Canada.  EIS POLLA ETI, DESPOTA! to Bishop IRINEU!

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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2002, 12:22:12 AM »

Biography of Bishop IRINEU
 
Bishop Irineu [Duvlea] was born April 19, 1962 in Alba Iulia, Transylvania, Romania, the son of John and Aurelia Duvlea. In 1981, he entered the Theological Seminary in Cluj Napoca. After graduating from the seminary in 1987, he continued his studies at the Andrei Saguna Theological Institute in Sibiu, from which he graduated in 1991.

In 1980, he entered the Brancoveanu Monastery at Sambata de Sus, Brasov County, Romania, where he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence, Archbishop John of Helsinki, Finland on behalf of His Eminence, Metropolitan Antonie [Plamadeala] of Transylvania on May 3, 1983. Three weeks later he was tonsured to monastic rank by His Grace, Bishop Lucian of Fagaras. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Metropolitan Antonie in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Sibiu on November 17, 1984.

On August 15, 1988, he was named Protosyngelos by Metropolitan Antonie. On January 1, 1993, he was appointed Hegumen of the Brancoveanu Monastery and was charged with overseeing the life of 15 neighboring monasteries and 10 sketes. In this capacity, he tonsured 30 monks and 15 nuns and installed most of the abbots and abbeses of the monasteries in the Sibiu Diocese. On August 15,1993, he was named Archimandrite of the monastery on the occasion of its consecration by His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Holiness, Patriarch Teoctist of Romania, and was presented with a patriarchal cross by the Ecumenical Patriarch. On September 24, 2000, the Holy Synod of Romania awarded him the right to wear a mitre.

Archimandrite Irineu made two pilgrimages to Mount Athos and, in 1998, he visited monasteries in Bulgaria and Greece and made a pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint Nicholas in Bari, Italy.

As head of the Brancoveanu Monastery, Father Irineu hosted several patriarchs, including His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew; His Holiness, Patriarch Parthenius of Alexandria; His Holiness, Patriarch Ignatius of Antioch; His Holiness, Patriarch Pavle of Serbia; and His Holiness, Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria. Among the other ranking Church dignitaries he hosted there were Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit; His Eminence, Metropolitan Antonios [Schedrawui] of Mexico; and Archbishop John of Finland. Among the civic leaders whom he received at the monastery were His Majesty, King Michael; the presidents of Romania; and numerous prime ministers.

When Archbishop Nathaniel established the Center for Orthodox Christian Studies at Saint Andrew's House in Detroit in the late 1990s, it was his dream to provide a monastic presence. On February 23, 2001, Archimandrite Irineu and a group of monks from Romania were granted a canonical release from the Patriarchate of Romania in order to establish a monastic community at the Center, named in honor of the Holy Ascension. Archimandrite Irineu was appointed Abbot of the new community, where he has labored tirelessly to offer hospitality and comfort not only to the Romanian community, but to the entire Orthodox population of Greater Detroit and the Midwest.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, presided at the consecration of Archimandrite Irineu [Duvlea] to the episcopacy at Saint George Cathedral here November 1-2, 2002.

(Above bio of His Grace, Bishop IRINEU is adapted from the official OCA website with minor modifications to bring it up-to-date.)

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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2002, 04:43:50 PM »

 Archimandrite Irineu consecrated Bishop of Dearborn Heights, auxiliary to OCA Romanian Episcopate
 
SOUTHFIELD, MI [OCA Communications] -- His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman presided at the consecration of Archimandrite Irineu [Duvlea] to the episcopacy at Saint George Cathedral here November 1-2, 2002.

Archimandrite Irineu was nominated to the episcopacy by delegates to the Church Congress of the Orthodox Church in America’s Romanian Episcopate at Vatra Romaneasca, the Episcopate's headquarters, on June 28, 2002. His nomination was subsequently forwarded to the Holy Synod of Bishops, which canonically elected him to the episcopacy at a special session held during the 13th All-American Council at the end of July. Bishop Irineu will serve as Auxiliary to His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate with the title of Bishop of Dearborn Heights.

The consecration weekend began at Saint George Cathedral, Southfield, MI, on Friday evening, November 1, with the celebration of a Memorial Service for the late Bishop Policarp and Archbishop Valerian, both of whom guided the Episcopate during its early years. During the Vesper service which followed, the Proclamation of Archimandrite Irineu’s election was announced. Standing before Metropolitan Herman and the other consecrating hierarchs, Archimandrite Irineu offered his Declaration of Acceptance. A reception followed the service in the cathedral cultural center.

On Saturday, November 2, Matins was celebrated at the cathedral at 8:00 a.m., after which Metropolitan Herman, Archbishop Nathaniel, and the other co-consecrators entered the cathedral for the consecration Liturgy, prior to which Bishop-elect Irineu made his Profession of Faith in the presence of the hierarchs and faithful.

At the conclusion of the consecration Liturgy, Metropolitan Herman presented Bishop Irineu with the archpastoral staff.

"In accepting this staff -- a shepherd's staff -- may you also accept the call to imitate the one True Shepherd," Metropolitan Herman told Bishop Irineu. "I exhort you to carry this staff with confidence -- with confidence that the Lord Himself will guide you. I also encourage you to carry it with humility and with the awareness that all that you may accomplish will only be accomplished by the mercy and blessing of the Lord Himself. Serve God's people with love and generosity -- love and care for all who come to you in need with the love of Christ Himself."

A banquet followed the consecration Liturgy at Saint John Armenian Cultural Center, Southfield, MI, after which Vespers was celebrated at the Descent of the Holy Spirit Church, Warren, MI.

"Today is a joyous day for the Orthodox Church in America," Metropolitan Herman said in his banquet remarks. "Most especially, it is an important, historic, and joyous day for the Romanian Episcopate, an integral part of the Orthodox Church in America, as it receives a new bishop to assist His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel, in continuing to work for the building up of Christ's Holy Church. The Lord has blessed us today for, through the laying-on-of-hands, the Holy Spirit has given the Church a new archpastor."

"Our coming together for this celebration is truly the fruit of our love and obedience to the All-Holy Spirit who makes present here and now the living Body of Christ," Metropolitan Herman continued. "Our prayers for His Grace, Bishop Irineu and for those he will serve as bishop affirm our oneness in the saving truth of the Gospel. This morning's concelebration of the Banquet of Immortality has confirmed our unity in the undivided Christ who is the very expression-the very incarnation-of divine love and reconciliation."

On Sunday morning, November 3, Bishop Irineu celebrated his first hierarchal Divine Liturgy at Saints Peter and Paul Church, Dearborn Heights, MI.

"During the 1990s, the Romanian Episcopate experienced explosive growth with the arrival of thousands of new immigrants from Romania," according to the Very Rev. John Matusiak, OCA Communications Director. "Dozens of new parishes and missions have been organized, and in 1999, the Episcopate Congress recommended that Archbishop Nathaniel explore the possibility of electing an auxiliary bishop to assist him in his archpastoral duties."

<snip on Bishop Irineu's biography>

Concelebrating with Metropolitan Herman and Archbishop Nathaniel at the consecration Liturgy were His Eminence, Archbishop Kyrill of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania [OCA]; His Eminence, Metropolitan Christopher of Midwestern America of the Serbian Orthodox Church; His Eminence, Archbishop Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America and Canada; His Grace, Bishop Seraphim of Ottawa and Canada; His Grace, Bishop Demetri, Auxiliary of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America; and His Grace, Bishop Nikon of Baltimore, Auxiliary to Metropolitan Herman.

<From the OCA Website, Nov. 6, 2002>

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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2002, 05:15:39 PM »

Biography of Bishop IRINEU
 
Bishop Irineu [Duvlea] was born April 19, 1962 in Alba Iulia, Transylvania, Romania, the son of John and Aurelia Duvlea. In 1981, he entered the Theological Seminary in Cluj Napoca. After graduating from the seminary in 1987, he continued his studies at the Andrei Saguna Theological Institute in Sibiu, from which he graduated in 1991.

In 1980, he entered the Brancoveanu Monastery at Sambata de Sus, Brasov County, Romania, where he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence, Archbishop John of Helsinki, Finland on behalf of His Eminence, Metropolitan Antonie [Plamadeala] of Transylvania on May 3, 1983. Three weeks later he was tonsured to monastic rank by His Grace, Bishop Lucian of Fagaras. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Metropolitan Antonie in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Sibiu on November 17, 1984.

On August 15, 1988, he was named Protosyngelos by Metropolitan Antonie. On January 1, 1993, he was appointed Hegumen of the Brancoveanu Monastery and was charged with overseeing the life of 15 neighboring monasteries and 10 sketes. In this capacity, he tonsured 30 monks and 15 nuns and installed most of the abbots and abbeses of the monasteries in the Sibiu Diocese. On August 15,1993, he was named Archimandrite of the monastery on the occasion of its consecration by His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Holiness, Patriarch Teoctist of Romania, and was presented with a patriarchal cross by the Ecumenical Patriarch. On September 24, 2000, the Holy Synod of Romania awarded him the right to wear a mitre.

Archimandrite Irineu made two pilgrimages to Mount Athos and, in 1998, he visited monasteries in Bulgaria and Greece and made a pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint Nicholas in Bari, Italy.

As head of the Brancoveanu Monastery, Father Irineu hosted several patriarchs, including His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew; His Holiness, Patriarch Parthenius of Alexandria; His Holiness, Patriarch Ignatius of Antioch; His Holiness, Patriarch Pavle of Serbia; and His Holiness, Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria. Among the other ranking Church dignitaries he hosted there were Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit; His Eminence, Metropolitan Antonios [Schedrawui] of Mexico; and Archbishop John of Finland. Among the civic leaders whom he received at the monastery were His Majesty, King Michael; the presidents of Romania; and numerous prime ministers.

When Archbishop Nathaniel established the Center for Orthodox Christian Studies at Saint Andrew's House in Detroit in the late 1990s, it was his dream to provide a monastic presence. On February 23, 2001, Archimandrite Irineu and a group of monks from Romania were granted a canonical release from the Patriarchate of Romania in order to establish a monastic community at the Center, named in honor of the Holy Ascension. Archimandrite Irineu was appointed Abbot of the new community, where he has labored tirelessly to offer hospitality and comfort not only to the Romanian community, but to the entire Orthodox population of Greater Detroit and the Midwest.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, presided at the consecration of Archimandrite Irineu [Duvlea] to the episcopacy at Saint George Cathedral here November 1-2, 2002.

(Above bio of His Grace, Bishop IRINEU is adapted from the official OCA website with minor modifications to bring it up-to-date.)

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And some say Orthodoxy lacks universality and fraternal cooperation? Slander, brethren....uadulterated slander.

What a faith- building article.

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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2002, 12:55:58 PM »

Abdur, beautiful pictures of Bishop Irineu's episcopal consecration just went up on the OCA website. Check them out at www.oca.org.

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