Thursday, February 24, 2005

Hieromonk Joins ROAC From MP in Saint Petersburg

Hieromonk Daniel (Elkind), formerly of the Nizhniy-Novgorod Diocese of the MP, officially joined the Free Russian Orthodox Church on February 9 in Suzdal. His first liturgy as a True Orthodox cleric was held on February 13 in the Parish of St Elizabeth the New-Martyr, St Petersburg alongside Hieromonk Gregory (Lourie).

Hieromonk Daniel (in the world Michael Elkind) was born in 1969 in St Petersburg. In 1991, he was accepted into the St Nicholas Verkhotursky monastery in the Moscow Patriarchate's Ekaterinburg diocese. In 1992 he was tonsured and ordained a hierodeacon, and in 1994 was made a hieromonk. In 2003 he completed his work at the seminary in Nizhniy-Novgorod, after defending his seminal work on "Slavic students of St Paisus Velichkovsky".