Philaret (Vakhromeyev) of Minsk

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Filaret, Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk.

His Eminence Metropolitan Filaret (Vakhromeyev), born Kirill Varfolomeyevich Vakhromeyev ((Russian)

Кирилл Варфоломеевич Вахромеев), is the current Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, and the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus. 

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Born March 21, 1935 in Moscow, Kirill attended the Moscow Theological Seminary from 1953-1957, and then the Moscow Theological Academy from 1957-1961.

During the course of his studies, he chose the name Filaret (in honour of the Righteous Philaret the Merciful), when he received the monastic tonsure on April 3, 1959. Two years later in 1961, he graduated from the Academy with a doctorate in theology.

From September 1963 he served as the Head of the Graduate School of the Moscow Theological Academy, and on October 8, 1963 he became an Archimandrite. On October 24, 1965 he was consecrated bishop at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra.

From January 6, 1971 to August 25, 1972 he temporarily ruled the diocese of Kaliningrad.

On September 9, 1971 he was consecrated as Archbishop, and on April 15, 1975 as Metropolitan.

After serving in Tikhvin, Kaliningrad and Moscow, Filaret was appointed Metropolitan of Minsk and the entire Belarusian SSR in 1978.

In 1989, as the collapse of the Soviet Union was imminent, Filaret was appointed to become the Patriarchal Exarch of the new country of Belarus. He also served a short term in the Supreme Council of Belarusian SSR as a people's deputy.

In 2006, he was awarded the title "Hero of Belarus" by President Alexander Lukashenko for his work to restore spirituality among the Belarusian people.[1][2]

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Philaret (Vakhromeyev) of Minsk

Preceded by:
Anthony (Demyansky)
Bishop of Tikhvin,
Vicar of the Diocese of Leningrad

October 24, 1965 - May 14, 1966
Succeeded by:
Michael (Mudyugin)

Preceded by:
Filaret (Denisenko)
Bishop of Dmitrov,
Vicar of the Diocese of Moscow

May 14, 1966 - April 18, 1973
Succeeded by:
Vladimir (Sabodan)

Preceded by:
Leontius (Gudimov)
Metropolitan of Berlin and Central Europe
April 18, 1973 - October 10, 1978
Succeeded by:
Melchizedek (Lebedev)

Preceded by:
Juvenal (Poyarkov)
4th Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of Moscow Patriarchate
April 14, 1981 - November 13, 1989
Succeeded by:
Kyrill (Gundyayev)

Preceded by:
Anthony (Melnikov)
Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk,
Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus

October 10, 1978 - Present
Succeeded by:
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  1. (Russian) National Legal Internet Portal of the Republic of Belarus. The Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus N 137 on March 1, 2006. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  2. (Russian) Герои Беларуси. Retrieved January 27, 2011.



Филарет (Вахромеев).