Moscow, October 12, 2023
Following yesterday’s session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, it was announced that His Eminence Metropolitan Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Pskov is being transferred to the Crimean Metropolitanate.
Met. Tikhon is among the most authoritative hierarchs in the Russian Church today and is well-known to the English-speaking Orthodox world as the author of Everyday Saints and the editor-in-chief of Pravoslavie.ru/OrthoChristian.com.
He began his ecclesiastical life as a monk at the Pskov Caves Monastery and was later appointed abbot of Moscow’s Sretensky Monastery, which he revived and developed into one of the main spiritual centers of the Russian Church today. He was consecrated as Bishop of Yegorievsk, vicar of the Moscow Diocese, in 2015 and transferred to Pskov in May 2018.
According to the Synodal report, His Eminence Metropolitan Lazar of Simferopol and Crimea is retiring after 43 years of episcopal labors. As his replacement, Met. Tikhon is released from his position in the Pskov Metropolitanate and as abbot of the Pskov Caves Monastery.
Met. Tikhon is being replaced in Pskov by His Grace Bishop Arseny of Yuriev, vicar of the Novgorod Diocese.
Recall that due to the broken communication between the clergy on the Crimean Penninsula with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church after Russia began its special military operation, the Holy Synod of the Russian Church, with the consent and at the request of the Crimean hierarchs, resolved to subsume the three Crimean dicoseces directly under the Patriarch of Moscow in June 2022, at which point it also established the Crimean Metropolitanate.