John (Bērziņš) of Caracas

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His Grace John (Bērziņš) (Latvian: Jānis (Bērziņš), Russian: Иоанн (Берзинь)) is Bishop of Caracas and South America, the new diocese stabilized in 2009 as a result of the merger of Vicariate of Caracas with the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South America.


His Grace was born Pēteris Bērziņš (Пётр Леонидович Берзинь) on March 16, 1957, in Cooma, Australia, of Latvian Orthodox refugees, Leonid (1921-1996) and Margarita (b. 1924) Bērziņš. He grew up in Cooma and graduated with a philological degree from the Australian National University. Vladyka John is fluent in ancient Greek and Latin.

In 1982, he entered Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York, and enrolled in Holy Trinity Seminary. He graduated from the seminary in 1985. He was tonsured to the mantle on March 16, 1985, by Archbishop Laurus of Syracuse and Holy Trinity and ordained hierodeacon on April 12, 1987, also by Abp. Laurus. From 1992-1996, he served as father-confessor at Gethsemane Convent in the Holy Land. In 1994, he was awarded the gold pectoral cross by Abp. Laurus. From 2001-2005, he served again as father-confessor at Gethsemane Convent in the Holy Land. In September 2005, he was elevated to the rank of hegumen by His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus. From 2005 to 2008, he ministered to Ss. Sergius and German of Valaam Community of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America. In May 2008, the Council of Bishops of the ROCOR designated him as candidate for the Caracas cathedra.

Hegumen John was consecrated Bishop of Caracas on June 21, 2008, at the Old-Rite Church of the Nativity in Erie, Pennsylvania. Officiating at the consecration were His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of New York and Eastern America, His Grace Bishop Daniel of Erie, and His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland.

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John (Bērziņš) of Caracas
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Seraphim (Svezhevsky)
Bishop of Caracas

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Bishop of Caracas and South America

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