Vice-chairman Department for External Church Relations, Moscow Patriarchate

Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk

Biography:

He was born on 8 February 1971 in Zagorsk (now Sergiev Posad), Moscow Region.

From 1999 to 2008, he was a reviewer at the Sofrino Art Production Enterprise of the Russian Orthodox Church and the precentor of the choir of the Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov.

In 1999, he was hired by the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations as a staff member of the Secretariat of the Inter-Orthodox Relations.

Since 2003 he has taught students of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Post-Graduate Studies (until 2022 the branch of the Moscow Theological Academy Post-Graduate Studies attached to the DECR.

From 2007 to 2009, he was a lecturer at the Sretensky Theological Seminary.

On 18 January 2008, he was ordained as deacon.

On 20 April 2008, he was ordained as priest.

In 2009, he was appointed DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations.

In 2011-2012, he was a cleric of the Church of the Holy Trinity-at-Khoroshevo, in Moscow.

On May 15, 2011, he was elevated to the rank of archpriest.

Since 1 August 2012, he has been the rector of the Church of the Founding of the Holy Sepulchre in the Danilovsky Quarter.

He is a member of the Inter-Councils Presence (since 2014) and a member of the Church Law Commission.

By the 25 August 2022 Decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, he is appointed acting vice-chairman of the Department for External Church Relations.

By the 29 December 2022 decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, he is confirmed as vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations.

Education, academic degrees:

Moscow Theological Seminary (1995). Moscow Theological Academy (graduated in 1999 with the degree of Candidate of Theology), Post-Graduate Studies of Moscow Theological Academy (2001).

Awards:

Ecclesial:

He has liturgical awards including a Pectoral Cross (2009) and an Epigonation (2018).           

·         Patriarchal diploma (2002)

·         Patriarchal diploma (2005)

·         Patriarchal diploma (2006)

·         The Order of St. Marc (Patriarchate of Alexandria, 2010)

·         The Order of St. Seraphim of Sarov, Degree III (2011)

·         The Order of St. Mary Magdalene (Polish Orthodox Church, 2012)

·         The Order of St. Paul (Greek Orthodox Church, 2013)

·         The Order of St. Sava of Serbia, Degree III (Serbian Orthodox Church, 2014)

·         Medal ‘The Millennium Anniversary of the Demise of the Holy Prince Vladimir’, 2015

·         Patriarchal diploma (2016)

·         The Medal of St Mark of Ephesus, Degree II (2017)

·         The Order of the Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow, Degree III (2021).

Secular:

·         The Medal “The 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War” (2020)

·         The Medal of the Order “For the Services to the State”, Degree II (2021)

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23.04.2024

Patriarchal Exarch of Western Europe leads celebrations on patronal feast of parish in Malaga

22.04.2024

Patriarchal Exarch of Africa celebrates Sunday Liturgy in Luanshya, Zambia

22.04.2024

Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God published in Thai language

22.04.2024

Meeting of Zambian clergy takes place under chairmanship of Metropolitan Konstantin of Zaraisk

22.04.2024

Parishioners and guests of Russian Church’s parish in Johannesburg take part in Total Dictation

22.04.2024

Primate of Autonomous Orthodox Church in Japan and DECR chairman celebrate Divine Liturgy in Tokyo

21.04.2024

Primate of the Malankara Church of India is awarded the Russian Orthodox Church’s Order of Glory and Honour

19.04.2024

Patriarchal Exarch of Africa meets with Malawian officials

17.04.2024

Obituary for Mr Leonid Bulygin, an oldest DECR staff member

16.04.2024

Memorial service held on 15th anniversary of the death of Alexei Buevsky, a long-time DECR staff member

10.04.2024

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09.04.2024

Patriarch Kirill met with the DECR Chairman and the Patriarchal Exarch of Western Europe

09.04.2024

DECR representative takes part in international conference on interfaith dialogue

09.04.2024

Head of Russian Ecclesiastical Mission concelebrates with Patriarch of Jerusalem on the Feast of Annunciation

08.04.2024

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09.04.2024

Metropolitan Hilarion of Budapest and Hungary: Vatican concedes to liberals on the issue of same-sex couples

29.02.2024

Bishop Irinej of Bačka: Silence of the post-Christian West about the persecution against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is really frightening

23.01.2024

Metropolitan Theodosius (Snihiriov): ‘The world community is standing up in defence of our Church’

13.01.2024

Primate of the Assyrian Church of the East gave an interview to RIA Novosti

23.11.2023

Head of the Malankara Church of India: we express our support for the Russian Church in everything

15.09.2023

Archbishop Theophan of Korea: Russian churches in Korea can become bridges of friendship with Russia

31.08.2023

Metropolitan Hilarion of Budapest and Hungary: Constantinople's claims are getting bolder

26.07.2023

Bishop Irinej of Bačka: In Ukraine, the authorities feel they have the right to declare the Ukrainian Orthodox Church an enemy

09.05.2023

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

Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at jubilee meeting of Inter-Religious Council of Russia

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DECR Chairman addressed the XV General Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia

30.09.2023

Address by Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia at the meeting of Russia-Islam Strategic Vision Group

19.05.2023

Metropolitan Anthony’s address at closing session of the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions

15.09.2022

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

06.10.2021

Dostoevsky and the Gospel

20.09.2021

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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

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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

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