From September 27 to October 3, 2016, Youth Theological Meetings are being held in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhniy Novgorod, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The events are organized by the Churches in Europe working group of the St. Petersburg Dialogue forum. This project enables students of theological departments of German universities to familiarize themselves with the system of higher religious education in Russia and to establish academic contacts.
A ballot for the new abbot of the Russian St. Panteleimon’s Monastery on Mt. Athos was held on October 2, 2016, with Hierodeacon Evlogy (Ivanov) being chosen as the new superior, reports a correspondent of Russian Athos.
The voting procedure was according to the standing so-called “Athos Constitution,” approved by the Greek administration and parliament in 1926, according to which monks having been tonsured for no less than six years (or for those tonsured in another monastery, having lived in the monastery for the aforementioned timeframe) are allowed to participate in voting. Thus, thirty-seven of the 103 monks laboring in the monastery took part in the vote. The election was conducted by secret ballot in two rounds.
The newly-elected igumen will be enthroned after the confirmation of the Sacred Community of Mt. Athos and the Patriarch of Constantinople.
Hierodeacon Evlogy (in the world Michael Nikolaievich Ivanov) is a native of the Chelyabinsk region, born on October 12, 1958. He was tonsured into the mantia in the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra on November 25, 1985, and ordained there on December 23, 1986. He entered St. Panteleimon’s Monastery on May 15, 1988, carrying out his obedience at the monastery’s podvoriye in Constantinople.
With the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, South Canaan, PA and Hierodeacon Maximus visited the Orthodox Church in Japan in July 2016. During their visit, Archimandrite Sergius was given relics of Saint Nicholas of Japan, which have been placed in the Monastery Church of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk and Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel at the Orthodox Church in America Chancery, Syosset, NY.
On September 27, 2016, the Day of the Elevation of the Honorable and Life-giving Cross of the Lord, His Beatitude Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Saint Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York. Among his concelebrants, along with the cathedral clergy, were Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, and Archpriest Erick Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America.
On 29 September 2016, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk arrived in Baku to take part in the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum. He was met at the local airport by Archbishop Alexander of Baku and Azerbaijan; Rev. Dimitry Safonov, DECR secretary for interreligious relations; Mr. A.V. Barkov, counselor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Azerbaijan; and Mr. D. Imamaliyev, counselor of Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Russia.