Archbishop Evgeny of Verey elected head of Estonian Orthodox Church

Tallinn, Estonia, May 29, 2018

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Meeting in an extraordinary session today in Tallinn’s St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Holy Synod of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate elected His Eminence Archbishop Evgeny of Verey to the primatial see, reports the site of the Estonian Church.

Abp. Evgeny has served as a vicar of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, Chairman of the Russian Church’s Educational Committee, and the rector of the Moscow theological schools. His election fills the void left by the repose of His Eminence Metropolitan Cornelius on April 19.

The Estonian Synod held a session on May 7 at Pukhtitsa-Holy Dormition Monastery at which it was announced that the two candidates for the position were His Eminence Archbishop Evgeny of Verey, and His Grace Bishop Lazar of Narva, who was the acting head of the Church after Met. Cornelius’ repose.


Abp. Evgeny of Verey was born October 9, 1957 in Kazakhstan. He graduated from the Moscow Theological Seminary in 1983 and the Academy in 1987 with the thesis “Pastoral Care in the Russian Church in the Tenth-Thirteenth Centuries.”

He was tonsured as a monk with the name Evgeny on July 27, 1986, and was ordained as a hierodeacon on August 3 and as a hieromonk on August 28. He was elevated to the rank of igumen on Pascha in 1988 and to that of archimandrite on January 1, 1989, being appointed the deputy rector of the Moscow Theological Seminary and later as inspector. He later served as rector of the Stavropol Theological Seminary, and in 1994 was appointed as the acting Chairman of the Educational Committee of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

He was consecrated as the Bishop of Verey on April 16, 1994, and in July 1995 he was appointed the rector of Moscow theological schools. In July 1998 he became the Chairman of the Educational Committee.

He was elevated to the rank of archbishop on February 25, 2000. In 2004 he was awarded the academic title of Professor of the Moscow Theological Academy.

He is a member of the Russian President’s Council for Relations with Religious Organizations, the World Russian People’s Council, the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission, the Synodal Commission for Canonizations, and the Coordination Center for the Development of the Theological Sciences in the Russian Orthodox Church. He was a member of the Commission for Dialogue with the Russian Church Abroad from 2005 to 2007.

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