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Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk congratulated DECR vice-chairman Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov) on his 55th birthday

Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk congratulated DECR vice-chairman Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov) on his 55th birthday
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17 January 2023 year 15:28

On January 16, 2023, Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), DECR vice-chairman, was congratulated on his 55th birthday in a solemn ceremony which took place at the Lesser Hall of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations.

DECR chairman Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk cordially congratulated Father Philaret on the remarkable date and wished him God’s help in his work. ‘Having such a substantial experience of the work in the Department for External Church Relations and in the Moscow Patriarchate establishments

in other countries, you also have brilliantly proved your worth as vice-chairman of the Department zealously working at this post for the last eleven years. Invariable characteristics of your work are high professionalism, profound competence and ability to solve extraordinary problems, tenacious attitude to people, exclusively deep and sincere respect for your colleagues, subordinates and staff members’, the DECR chairman noted in particular in his greetings to Archimandrite Philaret.

His Eminence Anthony presented Father Philaret with a bouquet of flowers, the congratulatory address and a pectoral cross.

In his response, Archimandrite Philaret thanked His Eminence for his warm words.

The congratulatory ceremony was attended by Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, adviser to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR vice-chairman; Archpriest Nikolay Lishchenuk, DECR vice-chairman, heads of the sections and the DECR staff.


On January 17, 2023, Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), presented Archpriest Nikolai Lischenyuk, DECR vice-chairman, with a Patriarchal award – the Order of St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomna, 3rd degree, in connection with his 50th birthday.

Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, an adviser to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus’, was presented with the medal “Feodor Dostoyevsky. 200 Years.” The medal was instituted by the Union of Russian Writers in 2021 to mark the 200th anniversary of the great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky who had greatly influenced Russian literature of the 20th century. The medal is a public award by its statute and is conferred on poets and writers for their contribution to the development of modern Russian literature.

DECR Communication Service/

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