Archimandrite Nectarie Consecrated as the Bishop of Britain and Vicar Bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western Europe
Basilica News – OCP News Service – 18/09/2023
Paris- France: Archimandrite Nectarie Petre was consecrated as the Bishop of Britain and Vicar Bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western Europe at the Cathedral of the Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael in Paris on September 16, 2023. The consecration was officiated by Metropolitan Joseph of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Western and Southern Europe, along with other metropolitans and bishops.
The Archdiocese of Western Europe holds jurisdiction in seven countries: France, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Ireland, and Iceland.
Bishop Nectarie (Nectarius) of Britain was appointed by the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church on July 4, 2023. Prior to this appointment, he had been serving as the diocesan vicar of the same archdiocese since January 2020.
Bishop Nectarie was born on January 11, 1980. Between 1996-2001 he attended the “Episcop Chesarie Păunescu” Monastic Theological Seminary at the Cernica Monastery. In the period 2002-2006 he attended the undergraduate courses of the Institute of Orthodox Theology Saint-Serge in Paris, continued with the master’s courses of the same institute between the years 2006-2008. Since 2012, he is a doctor of theology at the Parisian Institute of Orthodox Theology, with the thesis “Le sacrament de la pénitence – l’histoire du rite en Roumanie et sa théologie dans l’Église Orthodoxe”.
In 2000, he was ordained a monk at the Crasna Monastery in Prahova county, in the same year he was ordained a hierodeacon, on behalf of the same monastic establishment. In the period 2002-2006 he served as a hierodeacon at the Residence of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolis of Western and Southern Europe. In 2006 he received the ordination as a hieromonk on behalf of the Crasna Monastery, also holding the position of its abbot from 2010 to 2017, when he was canonically transferred to the Archdiocese of Western Europe, where he held the positions of exarch of the monasteries in the diocese, respectively vicar eparchial. In 2013 he was ordained protosinghel, and in 2018, archimandrite.
He participated in numerous national and international theological conferences and colloquiums, during which he presented papers and scientific reports, later published in specialized periodicals. He also published several works of authorship, namely “The Mystery of the Church – The Universe of Human Deification”; “Le sacrament de la penitence – l’histoire du rite en Roumanie et sa théologie dans l’Église Orthodoxe”, being the main coordinator of the anniversary volume “Father Nicodim and the Crasna Monastery at the anniversary hour”.
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