Vice-chairman of the Department for External Church Relation of the Moscow Patriarchate

Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov)

Biography

He was born in 1967 in Moscow. 

From 1988 to 1991 he worked on the staff of the Moscow Patriarchate Publishing Department.

From 1991 to 1993, he was a staff member of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations (DECR) section for inter-Christian relations. From 1993 to 1996 he held the office of head of DECR Communication Service. 

On July 14, 1996, he was ordained as deacon. 

From 1997 to 1999, he served as secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate Representation to the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East in Damascus. 

On August 6, 2000, he was ordained as presbyter and on August 27 was tonsured as a robe-bearer with the name of Philaret in honour of St. Philaret the Metropolitan of Moscow. 

From 2000 to 2004, he was the rector of the Parish of St. Sergius of Radonezh in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

In 2002, by the decree of Patriarch Alexy II of eternal memory, he was elevated to the rank of hegumen. 

From 2004 to 2011, he served as representative of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Council of Europe and rector of the Parish of All Saints in Strasbourg. 

By the Holy Synod decision of 22 March 2011, he was relieved of his duties as the Moscow Patriarchate representative to the Council of Europe and rector of the Parish of All Saints in Strasburg to be appointed as vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR).

Since 2011, he has been rector of the church of Our Lady of Kazan in Kaluzhskaya Square in Moscow. 

On April 28, 2014, he was elevated by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the rank of archimandrite. 

Since 2012, he has been a member of the Inter-Councils’ Presence and its Commission for Theology and Theological Education and the Commission for Social Life, Culture, Science and Information.

Education and academic degrees

In 1992 he entered the Moscow Theological Seminary; in 1998 he graduated from the Moscow Theological Academy.  For his dissertation on ‘The Past and the Present of the Maronite Church’, he was granted in 1991 the degree of Master of Theology.

Awards

Ecclesiastical

  • He holds liturgical awards including the right to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with the Holy Doors remaining open till the Cherubic Hymn (2019).

  • The Order of Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow, 3d class (1996)

  • The Medal of St. Mark of Ephesus, 1st class (2017)

  • The Order of St. Seraphim of Sarov, 3d class (2018)

  • The Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh, 3s class (2019)

Secular

The Order of Friendship (2016). 


High state awards are conferred on DECR staff members by President of Russia’s decree

15.10.2021

The Polish Orthodox Church has expressed support for the Primate of the UOC

14.10.2021

Tripartite meeting held by religious leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia

13.10.2021

Patriarch-Catholicos Karekin II arrives in Moscow at the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill

11.10.2021

The head of the Muslim Board of the Caucasus arrives in Moscow at the invitation of Patriarch Kirill

11.10.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill's congratulations to the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America on his namesake day

09.10.2021

DECR Chairman congratulated His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada on his namesake day

09.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: To reveal Christ to people is our most important missionary task

08.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

07.10.2021

DECR chairman meets with Pope Francis of Rome

06.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk attends interreligious meeting on Religion and Education

06.10.2021

Presentation of the DECR Chairman at the interreligious meeting on Religion and Education

06.10.2021

State award conferred by President of the Russian Federation’s decree on representatives of Russian Orthodox Church

05.10.2021

A new church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church consecrated in Volyn instead of the one captured by schismatics

05.10.2021

Bishop of Argentina Leonid visits Russian embassy school in Argentina

05.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: To reveal Christ to people is our most important missionary task

08.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: The Churches are seeking unity on the issue of climate change.

04.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Constantinople encroaches on others’ property

20.09.2021

UOC Chancellor believes that conciliar church wisdom should give assessment for Patriarch Bartholomew’s actions

24.08.2021

Bishop Victor of Baryshev: The visit of the Patriarch of Constantinople to Ukraine will cause suffering to millions of Orthodox Ukrainians

11.08.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Unification is impossible if one side considers the other ‘heretical’

31.07.2021

Interview of chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Anthony of Borispol and Brovary

26.07.2021

Head of Russia’s MFA Sergey Lavrov’s interview towards DECR chairman Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk’s 55th birthday

24.07.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Through common efforts we will manage to overcome the pandemic

09.07.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: the work of the DECR can be compared to the service of border-guards

20.05.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: the Russian Orthodox Church does not want primacy in the Orthodox world

15.05.2021

Bishop Sylvester of Belogorodka: Constantinople’s actions against Ukraine is the unprecedented example of violation of canonical norms

13.05.2021

Irinej, Bishop of Bačka: “Patriarch Bartholomew’s Interference in Ukraine Has Caused a Schism Throughout the Whole of World Orthodoxy”

05.05.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Summit of the heads of Churches is possible in foreseeable future

06.04.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: A new wave of capturing churches is possible in Ukraine

22.03.2021

Presentation of the DECR Chairman at the interreligious meeting on Religion and Education

06.10.2021

Dostoevsky and the Gospel

20.09.2021

The topic of autocephaly is the only one worthy of a pan-Orthodox Council, believes the Serbian Orthodox bishop of Bačka Irinej.

17.09.2021

The Metropolitan of Kykkos Nicephorus: “The unilateral decision by Patriarch Bartholomew on Ukraine threatens pan-Orthodox unity with a schism of monstrous proportions”

17.09.2021

Constantinople’s claims to power as a threat to Church unity

16.09.2021

Presentation by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at the opening of the ‘World Orthodoxy: Primacy and Conciliarity in the Light of Orthodox Dogmatic Teaching’ conference

16.09.2021

The Orthodox Understanding of the Eucharist

06.09.2021

"Freedom and Responsibility as Viewed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill". Address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk (International Hellenic University online seminar, 16th February 2021)

16.02.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk gave an online lecture for the Theological Institute of St. John of Damascus, Balamand University

31.01.2021

Address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk at a session of the Interreligious Council of Russia attended by Mr. Miguel Moratinos, High-Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

21.01.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk greets participants and guests of XIV International Festival ‘Russia Abroad’

08.11.2020

Opening address of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk to participants in the panel discussion on Russki Mir Online

03.11.2020

Speech by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at the session of Supreme Church Council on 11th December 2019

11.12.2019

Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary attends presentation of Metropolitan Hilarion’s book

28.11.2019

Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the opening of the 2nd Summit of World Religious Leaders in Baku

14.11.2019

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