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The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church confirms the election of Archimandrite Luke (Murianka) as Bishop of Syracuse

On December 28, 2018, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church made the following decision regarding the election of Archimandrite Luke (Murianka) as Bishop of Syracuse of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia:

JOURNAL No. 116
HEARD:

The report of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, President of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, interceding for the confirmation of the election of Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, and Rector of Holy Trinity Seminary, as Bishop of Syracuse, Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese.

Background:

In accordance with the Act of Canonical Communion (par. 7), signed on May 17, 2007, hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia are elected by its Council of Bishops, or in instances delineated by the Regulations of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, by its Synod of Bishops. Such elections are confirmed on canonical grounds by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

On December 6, 2018, the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia elected Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, and Rector of its seminary, as Bishop of Syracuse, Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese. His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York sent an appeal to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia for confirmation of this election.

DECREED:

To confirm the election of Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, and Rector of its seminary, as Bishop of Syracuse, Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese.

The episcopal consecration will be held on February 12, 2019 on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs. 

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