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The Right Reverend Hilarion Alfeyev appointed Bishop of Vienna and Austria 


By the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 7 May 2003 the Right Reverend Hilarion Alfeyev was appointed Bishop of Vienna and Austria (temporarily in charge also of the administration of the Diocese of Budapest and Hungary). Bishop Hilarion will combine this assignment with his position of the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions in Brussels, which he will continue to hold. 

Born in 1966, Hilarion Alfeyev received his first education in music. Ordained priest in 1987, he served in Lithuania until 1991, when he was appointed Lecturer at the Moscow Theological Seminary. From 1993 to 1995 he did his doctoral studies at Oxford under Bishop Kallistos (Ware). In 1995 he began his work at the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, and from August 1997 to December 2001 served as secretary for Inter-Christian Affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church. In January 2002 he was ordained bishop  and in July 2002 appointed Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions in Brussels. 

Bishop Hilarion holds the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford and of Doctor of Theology from St Sergius Theological Institute in Paris. He is the author of more than 200 publications, including 20 theological books in Russian, English, French, German, Italian and Finnish.


Editorial comment

Bishop Hilarion was ordained in January 2002 bishop of Kerch, with residence in the U.K., as assistant to the Metropolitan of Sourozh, and aiming to succeed him as ruling hierarch. Some chairs in England may be feeling uncomfortable today, remembering recent catapulting events.  Will this appointment be the growth towards the intended new and grand metropolia ?


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