05 April 2019, 15:44
Synod conducts rotation of Patriarch Kirill's vicars
Moscow, April 5, Interfax - The Holy Synod has made several personnel decisions in a meeting in Moscow, which, among other things, resulted in a change of the aides of Patriarch Kirill.
"The synod ruled to elect Sergy Privalov, a clergyman of the Moscow diocese, vicar of His Beatitude Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia with the title 'of Klin'," and Vladimir Legoyda, the head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations, told reporters.
Father Sergy is head of the synodal department on liaison with the armed forces and law enforcement agencies. He will now be made a monk and will then become a bishop.
Bishop Ivan of Domodedovo, another vicar of the patriarch, was sent by the Synod to the Kirov Region, where he will head the Urzhum and the Omutnin Diocese.
The Holy Synod also removed Metropolitan Simon of Oryol and Bolkhov from his post for health reasons. He was sent to live in Murmansk. Archbishop Tikhon of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Kuril will replace him as head of the Oryol Diocese.
Bishop Parmen of Chistopol and Nizhnekamsk will become bishop of Troitsk and Yuzhnouralsk. Metropolitan Feofan, ruling archbishop of Tatarstan, has become temporary head of the Chistopol Diocese.
The Synod also ordered Archbishop Feofan of Kyzyl and Tuva to become bishop of Korea, making him temporary head of the Kyzyl Diocese.
The Synod also removed Metropolitan Alexy from his post of rector of the Tula spiritual seminary and appointed to the post Hegumen Yevfimiy (Moiseyev), Legoyda said.