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Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Romania

Synod of Bishops A Typical Old Calendar Church

 The first organizer and Metropolitan of the Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Romania was the renowned Confessor, Saint Glicherie († 1985), who was already venerated by the faithful as a holy man at his repose; his co-worker and successor was Metropolitan Silvestru († 1992).


I. Members of the Holy Synod

First Hierarch

The Most Reverend Metropolitan Vlasie (1992–)

  Metropolitan Vlasie hails from a large family that has dedicated many of its children to the service of the Church and of the Romanian nation (his brother is a retired Procurator and one of his nephews, a former Fulbright Scholar in the U.S., teaches law at Moldavia's premier academic institution, the Al. I. Cuza University in Jassey [Iaşi]). A spiritual son of St. Glicherie, he received his monastic and theological training at the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Slătioara, which served as the administrative, educational, and spiritual center of the Romanian Old Calendarist movement during the years of persecution under the communist regime.

  During these difficult times, the Old Calendarist clergy (including many of the present Bishops) were imprisoned and brutally treated, sadly and tragically enough often with the implicit cooperation of the innovative Patriarchate of Romania, which experienced a number of unheard-of innovations and excesses (some of them happily abandoned in more recent times) at the time that it adopted the New Calendar and sparked the Old Calendarist resistance. Old Calendarist students in the theological faculties (and, indeed, those studying in other faculties) of the chief universities were dismissed and frequently summarily charged with false crimes and imprisoned. The Romanian Old Calendarists now enjoy full religious freedom in a democratic Romania and, under Metropolitan Vlasie's able guidance, have gained legal status from the Ministry of Religion and seen the construction of a score of new churches and monastic institutions.

  In 1992, in recognition of his sacrifices for the Old Calendar Church of Romania and his theological and historical writings, His Eminence was awarded the Licentiate in Theology, honoris causa, by the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, which also published, in 1999, one of his books in English translation: The Life of the Holy Hierarch and Confessor Glicherie of Romania. In 1995, the Trustees of the Florovsky Fund awarded Metropolitan Vlasie the "Florovsky Theological Prize," citing the outstanding quality of his published sermons and other writings.

Members: Their Graces, The Right Reverend Bishops

Demosten of Neamţ
Ghenadie of Bacău
Teodosie of Braşov
Sofronie of Suceava
Iosif of Botoşani
Flavian of Ilfov
Antonie of Ploieşti
Glicherie of Iaşi
Dionisie of Galaţi
Evloghie of Sibiu

II. Headquarters: Monastery of the Transfiguration, Slătioara, Moldavia

- Address: Mânăstireă Slătioara, Com. Râşca, Judeţul Suceava, Cod Post 5788, România

- Telephone number: 0040 230 57001 and 0040 230 570012

- Fax number: 0040 230 544541

III. Clergy

1. Priests: 160

– Hieromonks: 45

– Married Priests: 115

2. Deacons: 26

IV. Monastics

1. Monks: 290

2. Nuns: 510

V. Parishes: 130

VI. Monastic Institutions

1. Major Monastic Institutions: 13 (monasteries: 6; convents: 7).

2. Hesychasteria and Sketes: 21

3. The Cœnobitic Monastery of the Transfiguration in Slătioara numbers about one hundred monks and serves as a spiritual center for the Romanian Old Calendar Faithful.

VII. Publications

1. Periodicals

a) Traditia Ortodoxa [official periodical]

b) Catacombele Ortodoxiei

2. Annual pocket and wall calendars

3. Various books: Lives of Saints, historical works, discourses against heresy

VIII. Website on the Internet

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