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== Biography ==
He was born on [[October 14]], 1894 in Boboc, in the
Buzau district of Romania.
In 1915, he entered the [[Tismana Monastery]]
at age fourteen and was [[tonsure]]d and [[ordination|ordained]] [[hierodeacon]] that same year.
He appointed proto-psalte (‘proto-reader’) of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Bucharest in 1918 and ordained to the [[priest]]hood in 1921.