(Source for Information and Images) Two new Bishops were elevated for the ROAC last week, one in the territory of the Russian Federation and one in Bulgaria. Bishop Irinarch of Tula and Bryansk was also elevated to the rank of Archbishop. The elevations took place during the Hierarchical Synod of the ROAC which took place between May 6 and May 8.
Present during the proceedings (in order of rank) were Metropolitan Theodore of Suzdal and Vladimir, Archbishop Timothy of Orenburg, Archbishop Andrei of Pavlovskoye and Rockland (via video conference), Bishop Irinarch, Bishop Trofim of Simbirsk, and the newly elected Bishop Vissarion of Tulgan.
The proceedings coincided with the tenth anniversary of the enthronement of Metropolitan Theodore of Suzdal and Vladimir, First-Hierarch of the ROAC. The celebration of the anniversary had a large number of visitors, and there were other clergy elevations that took place during the meeting of the Synod. The faithful and priests present showed a great deal of love and gratitude for their Archpastor over the past decade.
On May 6, Archimandrite Vissarion was elevated to Bishop of Tulgan by the Holy Synod. The newly-consecrated Bp Vissarion of Tulgan was born in 1947 and took monastic vows in 1981. He was consecrated to the Episcopacy by Metropolitan Theodore of Suzdal with the assistance of Archbishop Timothy of Orenburg and Bishop Trofim of Simbirsk.
On May 8, Schema-Archimandrite Cassian (Angelov), author of the book Христианство без Христа (Christianity without Christ), was elevated to the Episcopacy by Metropolitan Theodore of Suzdal, Archbishop Irinarch, and . The new Bishop Cassian of Kyustendil was born in 1951 and took monastic vows in 1981.
A wealth of photos and videos of the events for the Anniversary Sobor can be found on the LiveJournal of Fr. Roman Novakovskiy of Stavropol Krai. For those interested in the news, this barely scratches the surface of what is available and we highly recommend taking a look at his page.