2015 – Solemn Year Of The Parish And Monastery Mission Today And Commemorative Year Of Saint John Chrysostom And Of The Great Soul Shepherds Within Eparchies

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In 2015, the Romanian Orthodox Church celebrates a series of important events of her history, as follows:

-130 years since the recognition of the autocephaly of the Romanian Orthodox Church (April 1885);

-90 years since the raising of the Romanian Orthodox Church to the rank of Patriarchate (February 1925);

-60 years (October 1955) since the proclamation of the canonisation of a few Romanian saints (hierarchs, monks), great soul shepherds of the Romanian provinces: Saint Hierarch Calinic from Cernica, Bishop of Ramnic; Saints Hierarchs Ilie Iorest and Sava Brancovici, Metropolitans of Transylvania, as well as Saints Pious Confessors Visarion and Oprea etc,;

-10 years (September and December 2005) since the proclamation of the canonisation of a few Romanian saints (hierarchs, monks), great soul shepherds of the Romanian provinces: Saint Hierarch Dosoftei, Metropolitan of Moldova (on 14 October 205); Saint Pious Onufrie from Vorona (on 9 September 2005); Saint Pious Gheorghe from Cernica and Caldarusani (on 3 December 2005) etc.

The calendar of the Romanian Orthodox Church also includes many other Romanian saints (hierarchs, priests and monks) who distinguished themselves through a great pastoral activity. In the course of time many great soul shepherds served, in the eparchies of the Romanian Patriarchates, from among the hierarchs, priests and monks, whose life and activity are models for today’s faithful.

A special place among the soul shepherds is held by Saint John Chrysostom whose life and activity distinguished him as a supporter of the right faith, as a teacher of repentance, as an enlightener of the Christian family and of the monastic life, as well as a promoter of the Christian charity.

Therefore, following the initiative of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, during the working sessions of 29 October 2013 and 29 September 2014, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church approved that the year 2015 should be declared as Solemn year of the parish and monastery mission today and Commemorative year of Saint John Chrysostom and of the great soul shepherds within eparchies.

This theme will be treated in the eparchies and institutions of theological education of the Romanian Orthodox Church which will organise in 2015 debates, colloquies, seminars, symposiums, conferences and icon, frescoes, mosaic exhibitions in order to present the history, life and activity of the parish and monastery in the past and present, as well as of some famous married priests and father confessors from monasteries who contributed through their service and activity to the support, consolidation and stimulation of the life and mission of the parish and monastery.

2015 – Solemn year of the parish and monastery mission today and Commemorative year of Saint John Chrysostom and of the great soul shepherds within eparchies will make the subjects of the semester pastoral-missionary conferences, and in October 2015, the Romanian Patriarchate will host the solemn meeting of the Holy Synod when a synthesis of the events organised on this theme in eparchies will be presented.

In 2015, the Romanian Patriarchate will organise an international congress dedicated to the Solemn year of the parish and monastery mission today and to the Commemorative year of Saint John Chrysostom and of the great soul shepherds within eparchies, and the pilgrimage agencies of the Romanian Patriarchate will organise pilgrimages in the country and abroad to the monasteries and places where the great father confessors of Orthodoxy lived.

The manifestations organised in 2015 – Solemn year of the parish and monastery mission today and Commemorative year of Saint John Chrysostom and of the great soul shepherds within eparchies will be publicized by BASILICA Press Centre of the Romanian Patriarchate, church eparchial mass-media, and by the laic press too.

PRESS OFFICE OF THE ROMANIAN PATRIARCHATE

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