Condolences offered to Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, the clergy and faithful of the Northeast American Diocese offers our prayerful condolences His Eminence Metropolitan Mark,the venerable Hierarchs, clergy, monastics, and faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, on the falling asleep of their Church's First Hierarch, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion.
From his youth, he felt drawn to the Church, and loved to read books and periodicals on religion and morals. In 1967, when he was 19 years old, he entered the Holy Trinity Theological Seminary in Jordanville , NY , USA . On graduating from the Seminary in 1972 he joined the Holy Trinity Monastery as a novice. On December 2, 1974 he was tonsured as a monk with the name Hilarion.
On December 4, 1975, Archbishop Averky ordained him a hierodeacon. In 1976, Bishop Laurus of Manhattan ordained him a hieromonk. The same year, Fr. Hilarion received a Master’s degree in Slavic studies and Russian literature from Syracuse University.
On December 10, 1984, His Eminence Metropolitan Philaret and nine other bishops officiated at the consecration of Hieromonk Hilarion to the episcopacy. As Bishop of Manhattan, His Grace was also responsible for the parishes of Pennsylvania, and was also appointed the Deputy Secretary of the Synod of Bishops by the Council of Bishops. Ten years later, thanks to the archpastoral efforts of Bishop Hilarion, the number of parishes in the Eastern American Diocese grew to 64. Visiting parish after parish, Vladyka drew the love and respect of all those who met him. Holding a position of responsibility in the administrative center of the Church Abroad, Vladyka Hilaron was also an active participant in the main events of its history. In 1995, Bishop Hilarion was given the title Bishop of Washington as he continued to live in New York, and was elevated to the rank of archbishop and appointed Ruling Bishop of the Diocese of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand.
During the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in 2006, he was appointed First Deputy President of the Synod of Bishops. On March 16, 2008, the very day of the repose of His Eminence, Metropolitan Laurus, Archbishop Hilarion was appointed Temporary President of Synod of Bishops and of the electoral commission tasked with preparing for the Sobor of Bishops. There His Eminence was elected First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad on May 12. On May 18, 2008, Metropolitan Hilarion was enthroned in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign.
Metropolitan Hilarion reposed in the Lord, on May 16, 2022 after a lengthy illness. May the memory of His Eminence, be eternal!
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