Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Abp. Kyrill of San Francisco granted leave of absence

(ROCOR-WAD) - With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, our Ruling Bishop, His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America has been granted a leave of absence for the purpose of addressing his health.

His Grace Theodosy Bishop of Seattle has been appointed –Ęemporary –źdministrator with all of the privileges of a ruling hierarch. His Grace Irenei Bishop of Sacramento will assist Bishop Theodosy with the administration of the Diocese.

At all Divine Services where the Ruling Bishop is commemorated, Archbishop Kyrill’s name is to be remembered as usual. During the period of this temporary situation in all monasteries and churches of the Western American Diocese, Bishop Theodosy’s name will be raised up following Archbishop Kyrill’s, using the formula “our Lord His Grace Theodosy Bishop of Seattle.”

His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill invokes God’s blessing upon the labors of Bishop Theodosy and Bishop Irenei.


  1. This is sad news. Prayers for his swift recovery.

  2. Hope he recovers. Interestingly, Vladyka was transferred for health reasons earlier in his clerical career, too:

    "In 1981, he was tonsured a monk and ordained as a hierodeacon by Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky, +1985), after which he was ordained to the priesthood. That year he was appointed to the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem and began to teach Russian and English at Bethany School. In 1982, for health reasons, he was transferred to the Diocese of San Francisco and Western America." (https://www.synod.com/synod/engrocor/enbio_arbpkyrill.html)

    Wonder if there is a connection.