Bishop Luke (secular name Mark Murianka, Russian: Марк Петрович Мурьянка) is a archimandrite of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, current abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery and rector of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York.
The future Archimandrite Luke was born November 10, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His emigrant parents, Peter and Olga Murianka, raised him in the Orthodox Church from infancy. He received the name of the Holy Apostle Mark in baptism and faithfully attended the Orthodox Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Philadelphia.
He became acquainted with Holy Trinity Monastery while a student at Hartwick College. Upon acceptance and arrival at Holy Trinity Seminary, he petitioned to become a novice in the Monastery. This was granted to him on the feast of St. Moses the Hungarian, whose true ethnicity was also Carpatho-Russian. Archbishop and later Metropolitan Laurus, of blessed repose, and also of Carpatho-Russian descent, received Mark as a novice.
As a novice he was given obediences in the garden by Fr. Hermogen, in the bookbindery, and later in the icon studio with the resident iconographer Archimandrite Cyprian, his first spiritual father. Fr. Luke attributes his monastic formation to Fr. Hermogen with a gratitude prevailing to this day. This current monastery abbot, seminary rector and dean, has received Synodal and administrative appointments once carried out by notable predecessors, of blessed repose Metropolitan Laurus, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad Metropolitan Hilarion, and the previous dean of Holy Trinity Seminary Evgenii Iosifovich Klar. Currently teaching Patrology, he also writes articles on theology and literature. Most notable however is Fr. Luke’s increased involvement in English language publishing in the Monastery’s St. Job of Pochaev Press. On May 21, 2008 he was elected abbot Holy Trinity Monastery. Since September 6, 2008, he is rector of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville.
On December 6, 2018, the Synod of bishops of the ROCOR elected Luke as Bishop of Syracuse and Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese. Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York sent an appeal for the confirmation of this election to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. The election was confirmed on December 28, 2018.
On February 11, 2019 in Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral) of Eastern America and New York, Metropolitan Luke (Kovalenko) of Zaporozhye and Melitopol, Archbishop Gabriel (Chemodakov) of Montreal and Canada, and Bishop Nicholas (Olhovsky) of Manhattan nominated Luke as Bishop and Vicar and consecrated Luke a bishop the next morning.
|Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery
|Rector of Holy Trinity Seminary
- "«Мадам Бовари» Флобера и святоотеческое учение о грехе", Новый журнал, 2003, № 231.
- Report by Archimandrite Luke (Murianka) on the First Meeting of the Negotiating Committees of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and the Moscow Patriarchate, July 2/15, 2004
- "Миссия Русской Православной Церкви Заграницей", report on IV All-Diaspora Council.
- The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church confirms the election of Archimandrite Luke (Murianka) as Bishop of Syracuse // The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - Official Website