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[[Image:Miron (Chodakowski).jpg|right|thumb|250px|Abp. Miron (Chodakowski) of Hajnówka]]
His Eminence, the Most Reverend '''Miron (Chodakowski) of Hajnówka''' was the Archbishop of Hajnówka and Orthodox Military Ordinariate for the Polish Army of the [[Church of Poland]], [[Vicar]] of the Diocese of Warsaw and Bialy. He was killed in a tragic airplane crash in Smolensk, Russia with the Polish president, his wife, and many officials of the Polish government on [[April 10]], 2010.
==Life==
Miroslaw Chodakowski was born on [[October 21]], 1957 in Bialystok,Poland. After completing his primary eduction in Bialystok, Miroslaw entered the Orthodox Seminary in Warsaw in 1972. In 1976, he became a student at the Higher Orthodox Seminary at the [[Monastery of St. Onufry (Jableczna, Poland)|Monastery of St. Onufry]] in Jableczna.
After graduating from the [[seminary]], Miroslaw remained at the school as a teacher and school official. On [[December 17]], 1978, he was [[tonsure]]d a rassaphore [[monk]] with the name Miron by Archimandrite Sava. On [[December 26]], 1978, the monk Miron was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] by [[Metropolitan]] Basil who also ordained Dn. Miron to the [[priest]]hood on [[February 15]], 1979. In November 1979, Hieromonk Miron professed his vows and was raised to the rank of the little schema. Later in the month, Hrmk. Miron was assigned to the [[monastery]] as the local [[parish]] [[priest]], and vice [[rector]] of the Higher Orthodox Seminary.
On [[April 10]], 2010, Abp. Miron was a member of the Polish delegation enroute to a memorial commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the Kaytn massacre during World War II. The delegation included prominent members of the Polish government including President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, and prominent members of the parliament, ministers, other officials. Their airplane crashed while attempting to land in heavy foggy, with no survivors. The commemoration ceremonies were to include the laying of the cornerstone for an Orthodox Church at the sacred place - Kosogory - near Smolensk.
On [[April 20]], 2010, Abp. Miron was buried in the [[crypt]] of the Church of Annunciation at the [[Suprasl Monastery]], of which he was the Father Superior. He was fifty three years old at the time of the tragic accident.
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{{succession|
before=[[Sawa (Hrycuniak) of Poland| Sawa (Hrycuniak) ]]|
title=Archbishop of Hajnówka<br>Elder of Orthodox Ordinariate Polish Army|
years= 1998-2010|
[[Category: Bishops]]
[[Category:20th-21st-century bishops]]
[[Category:Orthodoxy in Poland]]
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