Maricel Michael Filimon was born on [[January 25]], 1964 into the Orthodox family of John and Ileana Filimon in the County of Galati in Eastern Romania. After completing his basic education through high school, Maricel Michael entered the [[monastery]] of Cemica of the Archdiocese of Bucharest in October 1984. On [[January 7]], 1986, Maricel Michael was [[tonsure]]d and given the name Michael. During the summer of 1986, he transferred to the Monastery of Curtea de Arges. While at the monastery, Michael was
]]ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] on [[April 18]],1987 and the [[priest]] on [[September 11]], 1988.
In 1987, Fr. Michael was accepted by the graduate theological institute in Sibiu, Transylvania, graduating in 1991. On [[November 8]], 1991, Fr. Michael was elevated to protosingelos. Also in the autumn 1991, Fr. Michael began doctoral studies under the guidance of Fr. Professor Ioan Ica. During this period, Fr. Michael also was appointed Professor of [[Old Testament|Old]] and [[New Testament]]s at the theological [[seminary]] in Pitesti. In February 1993, he was accepted for postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Philology of the Aristotle University of Thessalonica. Then, on [[June 9]], 1993, he was accepted by the Faculty of Theology where he developed his thesis on "Orthodox Catholic Church's Catechetical Ministry in Romania in the Twentieth Century".