Italian Metropolia: Metropolitan Onufrius Establishes Vicariate in Spain

Between Nov 23-26 New Style, Metropolitan Onufrius went to Spain at the request of various faithful who wished to be under the canonical protection of the Italian Metropolia. The Metropolitan received in three priests and ordained a deacon, establishing a vicariate of Spain in Valencia and Castellon.

The Metropolitan established a vicariate for Spain with its center in Valencia and Metropolitan Onufrius received Frs Gabriel Cotocaru, Claudiu Marius Constantin Nicolas-Marius, as well as ordaining a new deacon for the region.

The receptions and ordinations mark the resumption of missionary activity in Spain by the Italian Synod. After the collapse of the Milan Synod, Spain was largely left without canonical protection since Bp Ildefonso of Valencia was considered retired and Bp Pablo of Seville abandoned his episcopal rank and True Orthodoxy.

Earlier this month, Bishop Ildefonso of Valencia was accepted into the communion of the American Metropolia under Metropolitan John as a retired Bishop.

Metropolitan Onufrius has restored or established at least 20 missions in Italy and Spain since his restoration of communion with the True Orthodox Communion at large.