Synod of the OCU recognizes the new bishop of Boryspil and founds the monastery of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra

23 May, 20:55
Orthodox
Synod of the OCU recognizes the new bishop of Boryspil and founds the monastery of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra - фото 1
On May 23, 2022, a regular meeting of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was held in the Synodal Hall of the Metropolitan House – residence of the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral. The meeting was attended by all its members.

According to the official website of the OCU, on the recommendation of the Primate, the Synod elected a resident of the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery of Kyiv Archimandrite Anthony (Firley), Bishop of Boryspil, Vicar of the Diocese of Kyiv.

The report says that taking into account the special significance of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra as a shrine of all-Ukrainian and world significance, in order to overcome the consequences of non-canonical subordination of this monastery to the authorities of the Moscow Patriarchate, at the suggestion of Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and all Ukraine, the Synod decided to form as part of the religious association of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine) a religious organization "Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (monastery) of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine", approved its charter and determined that it has direct subordination to the Primate of the Orthodox Church.

The Synod also asked the Primate to apply to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with a request to transfer one of the temples of the Upper Lavra and its individual premises for use for performing divine services and monastic activities of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra of the OCU.

As part of the Diocese of Lviv, the Holy Resurrection New Athos monastery was formed, the Vicar of which was appointed Abbot Job (Olshansky).

After hearing the message by Metropolitan Epifaniy on the repentance of Archimandrite Varsonofy, a clergyman of the Diocese of Kmelnytsky of the UOC (OCU), and his return to canonical unity with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine the Synod decided that he would continue his ministry as a clergyman of the Diocese of Kmelnytsky.

For significant canonical violations, the Synod defrocked Metropolitan Ioasaf (Shybayev), former Metropolitan of Bilgorod and Oboyansky, Bishop Petro (Moskalyov), and former Bishop of Valuyky and Bishop Filaret (Panka), former Bishop of Bilgorod-Dnistrovsky, who were previously suspended in service.

The Synod also considered some procedural issues, providing a protocol instruction in this regard.