The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church has elected the new Archbishop of Suceava and Rădăuți, following the repose of the 90-year-old Archbishop Pimen Suceveanul.
The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church has met for the first time at the Patriarchate’s Palace under special conditions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The members of the Holy Synod met under the chairmanship of Patriarch Daniel for a working session at the Patriarchal Palace.
The working session kicked off Tuesday morning at Patriarch Teoctist Aula Magna, a room that has hosted only solemn sessions of the Holy Synod until now. Usually, the Holy Synod meets at the Synodal Hall inside the Patriarchal Residence.
Before the meeting, Bishop Benedict of Bistrita, the assistant bishop to the Archdiocese of Vad, Feleac and Cluj, officiated a Te Deum service at the Palace’s Europa Christiana Hall.
The first topic on the agenda was the election of the new Archbishop of Suceava and Rădăuți.
The Holy Synod elected by secret vote Bishop Calinic of Botosani, assistant bishop to the Archdiocese of Iasi, for the vacant episcopal see of Suceava and Rădăuți.
In March 1980 he became a novice at Putna Monastery, and in 1984 he was tonsured a monk receiving the name of Calinic (Callinicus).
Archbishop-elect Calinic (Constantin) Dumitriu was born in Iasi on November 18, 1957.
During 1985-1989 he studied at ‘Andrei Șaguna’ Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Sibiu.
On May 14, 1986, he was ordained to the diaconate at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Iași by the patriarch Teoctist of blessed memory, and on August 15, in the same year, he was ordained a hieromonk on behalf of Putna Monastery.
In 1990 he was appointed abbot of Râșca Monastery by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, who was then Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina.
On March 25, 2991, he was ordained to the episcopate in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Iași, and appointed assistant bishop of the Archdiocese of Iași.
This year, health safety measures are strict, and all participants wear protective masks.