Bishop Vsevolod to be elevated to archbishop
SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. - With the blessings of Bartholomeas I, ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, the Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. has announced that Bishop Vsevolod of the titular See of Scopelos will be elevated to archbishop and then enthroned as ruling hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A.
On Sunday, March 2, the enthronement of Bishop Vsevolod will take place at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Volodymyr in Chicago. The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. will participate in Bishop Vsevolod's elevation and installation with Metropolitan Constantine presiding.
Bishop Vsevolod was born Vsevolod Kolomijcew-Majdanski, son of the late Rt. Rev. Protopresbyter Vasilij in Kalisz, Poland, on December 10, 1927. He received his theological education at Warsaw Theological Seminary and the Dillingen Theological University in Dillingen, Germany.
After earning a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Sydney University in Sydney, Australia, in 1956, he attended Melbourne University in Victoria, Australia. In 1964 he obtained a master's degree in social work from Yeshiva University in New York. Bishop Vsevolod is fluent in several languages.
In addition to other professional positions, he has served as principal associate in medicine on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, an affiliate of Yeshiva University in New York. His consecration to the episcopacy caused him to leave that position in order to devote more effort to his work for the Church.
He received monastic tonsure and was ordained to the priesthood by the late Metropolitan Andrei in 1985. Following the death of Metropolitan Andrei, Archimandrite Vsevolod was consecrated by Archbishop Iakovos to the episcopacy in 1987 with the blessing of Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I of Constantinople.
Bishop Vsevolod has been very active as a representative of the ecumenical patriarch in the ongoing dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church and has participated in numerous ecumenical conferences. He is well-published regarding Church unity. Bishop Vsevolod was also chosen to represent the ecumenical patriarch at the Jerusalem Conference of Science and Religion and at the Milan Conference on Religion. He is a member of the Standing Council of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the Americas and of the Orthodox-Catholic Bishops Dialogue.
Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, February 23, 1997, No. 8, Vol. LXV
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