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The Metropolitans of Volokolamsk Hilarion and Voskresensk Dionysius open online seminar for deaneries of the dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church

The Metropolitans of Volokolamsk Hilarion and Voskresensk Dionysius open online seminar for deaneries of the dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church
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14 December 2021 year 10:48

An online seminar entitled ‘How a deanery functions in the dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church’ began at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Post-Graduate Studies on 13th December 2021.

The chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate and the rector of the institute the metropolitan of Volokolamsk Hilarion and the chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchy the metropolitan of Voskresensk Dionysius addressed words of greetings to the seminar’s participants.

Metropolitan Hilarion emphasized that one of the most important tasks facing deans is concern for the “purity of the Orthodox faith and a worthy ecclesiastical and moral upbringing of the faithful” (Statute of the Russian Orthodox Church, XVI.16.a), which is particularly relevant at the present time when the Orthodox world has been subjected to confusion and division.

Metropolitan Hilarion reminded the audience that since ancient times it has been essential that the Church strives for the “unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4.3), even though throughout the course of church history the spirit of division and claims to autocratic and not conciliar power within the Church has encroached upon Christians, leading to sinful and painful schism which erect serious barriers for communication between the faithful. A similar situation, so the metropolitan believes, can be seen at the present in the events brought about by the actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in attempting to exert autocratic authority in the absence of open dialogue.

The metropolitan called upon the audience to study carefully this ecclesiological problem in order to be able to give full and informed answers to priests and parishioners within the dioceses. Metropolitan Dionysius in his presentation stressed that this meeting with the audience was extremely important to the chancellery of the Moscow Patriarchy and called upon the participants to present some feedback with regard to those problems which area deans encounter in the course of their ministry.

Metropolitan Dionysius assured listeners that “the dean is a very important figure in the church administration system and in the pastoral care for souls.” In relation to this, the metropolitan stressed the need to sel ect deans with the same diligence as bishops are chosen as it is their personal qualities that form the bedrock of the church’s work.

The Ss. Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute for Post-Graduate Studies is hosting the seminar fr om 13th to 17th December 2021. The seminar programme has been devised by the institute along with the chancellery of the Moscow Patriarchy. The theme of the seminar is the missionary, catechetical, youth, social and legal aspects of ministry within deaneries.

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