Deva, Romania, October 22, 2021
His Grace Bishop Gurie of Deva and Hunedoara of the Romanian Orthodox Church reposed in the Lord yesterday at the age of 52.
He received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on June 3, but on October 8 he was hospitalized with the coronavirus. His condition worsened on Tuesday and he was intubated. He departed to the Lord two days later, reports the Basilica News Agency.
He served 31 years in ordained ministry, including 20 as a hierarch. In his condolences, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel lauded Bp. Gurie as a “missionary and hardworking archpastor.”
The Divine Liturgy and funeral for Bp. Gurie will be served tomorrow morning at the episcopal cathedral in Deva.
May his memory be eternal!
Bp. Gurie was born on December 31, 1968 in Cluj County. He attended the theological seminary in Craiova from 1988 to 1992, and the Craiova Faculty of Theology from 1992 to 1996. He then continued his studies at the Faculty of Catholic Theology in Padua, during which time he established several Romanian Orthodox communities in Italy.
He was a brother at Lainici Monastery from 1988 to 1989, then served as secretary to the Metropolitan of Oltenia from 1989 to 1996, during which time he was tonsured as a monk with the name Gurie.
He was ordained a hierodeacon in 1990, and a hieromonk in 1992. He was elevated to the rank of protosinghel in 1996, and archimandrite in 2001. He served as administrative vicar to the Archdiocese of Craiova from March 2000 to August 2001.
In July 2001, he was elected Vicar Bishop of the Archdiocese of Craiova. He was elected bishop of the Diocese of Deva and Hunedoara following its establishment in October 2009.
He authored several works on spirituality in the modern world and lectured on Orthodox spirituality at home and abroad.