Home page News
Congress on monasticism in the Ukrainian Orth…

Congress on monasticism in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church opens in the Lavra of St. Job of Pochaev

On 15th July 2021 a congress at the Dormition Lavra of St. Job of Pochaev on monasticism in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church opened with the blessing of His Beatitude Onuphrius, metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, attended by the abbots and vicar abbots, mother superiors and representatives of the monasteries and hermitages of the canonical Ukrainian Church.

The decision to hold a congress of monastics was taken at the session of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on 12th May 2021.

The gathering was headed by the chairman of the congress the metropolitan of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl Paul, vicar abbot of the Dormition Monastery of the Caves in Kiev and chairman of the Synodal commission for monasteries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The congress’s vice chairman was the metropolitan of Pochaev and vicar abbot of the Dormition Lavra of St. Job of Pochaev Vladimir; the secretary was the metropolitan of Svyatogorsk and vicar abbot of the Dormition Lavra of Svyatogorsk Arseny. Present at the presidium was the metropolitan of Kamenets-Podolsk Theodore.

Before the beginning of the event the divine liturgy was celebrated in the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral of the Lavra. There was then celebrated a prayer service after which the delegates venerated the monastery’s relics.

At the beginning of the congress’s work the metropolitan of Kamenets-Podolsk and Gorodok Theodore read out greetings by His Beatitude metropolitan Onuphrius. “May the Merciful Lord through the prayers of His Most Pure Mother, in whose Lavra we have today gathered, bless all the participants of this monastic forum, bring wisdom and inspire them to right conclusions and decisions for the strengthening of each garden of the monastic mission in the land of Ukraine,” said the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The forum is being attended by twenty-two bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and three hundred deputy abbots and abbesses and other representatives of the monasteries and hermitages.

The metropolitan of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl Paul gave a presentation at the session on the role and meaning of monasticism in the salvation of the human soul. The speech by the mother superior of the Convent of the Holy Archangel Michael in Odessa abbess Seraphima (Shevchuk) was dedicated to the topic of monasticism as the bulwark of canonical Orthodoxy. The rector of the theological schools in Kiev the bishop of Belogorod Sylvester spoke of the situation in world Orthodoxy as a result of the actions of Patriarch Bartholomew in Ukraine and the possible contribution of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to its resolution.

During the break a group photograph was taken of all the congress participants.

The next plenary session began with the presentation by the metropolitan of Pochaev Vladimir on the topic of monasticism in the modern-day world. The mother superior of the stavropegial Zimneye Convent of the Dormition abbess Stephana (Bandura) invited those present to think upon the topic of gadgets in monasteries and the use of mobile phones, networks and the internet in monastic house and their advantages and dangers.

The vicar abbot of the Uzhgorod Monastery of the Resurrection archimandrite Mark (Kushtan) gave a presentation on the monastic vocation and encouraging the young to take up the monastic life. Archimandrite Symeon (Gagatik), the vicar abbot of the Akhtyr Holy Trinity Monastery, dedicated his presentation to the topic of contemporary monasticism and what is possible and not possible.

After break for lunch, the third part of the congress began during which metropolitan of Svyatogorsk Anthony spoke of spiritual guidance in the monastic house.

Later, the auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Borispyl the bishop of Zgurov Ambrosius will give a presentation on the topic of the monasteries’ educational work. The mother superior of the stavropegial Covent of St. Anastasia in Zhitomir abbess Michaela (Furmanets) will examine the special nature of spiritual guidance in convents.

The work of the monastic forum will end with a final document and the adoption of proposals for holding the next congress.

According to the figures of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, at present there are active 258 monasteries and 56 hermitages in which there are approximately 5000 monks and nuns as inmates.

Patriarch Kirill greets the participants of the XXVIII annual General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy


Patriarch Kirill meets with Islamic religious leaders in Kazan


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill chairs regular session of Russian Orthodox Church’s Holy Synod


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill chairs meeting of Supreme Church Council


Patriarch Kirill congratulates Mr. Naftali Bennett on his election as head of the Government of the State of Israel


Congratulations of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill to Raul Castro Rus on his 90th birthday


Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the occasion of the 75 th anniversary of Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with speaker of South Korean Parliament


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with episcopate of Orthodox Church of Moldova


Condolences of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the death of the Indonesian Christian leader Bishop Soritua Nababan


Paschal Message of Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia to the Archpastors, Pastors, Deacons, Monastics and All the Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets Serbian minister of foreign affairs


Holy Synod members commemorate Patriarch Irinej of Serbia and late archpastors of Russian Church


Address delivered by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at the session of the Holy Synod on 13th April 2021


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill chairs Holy Synod’s first session in 2021


Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with France’s ambassador to Russia


Interreligious Working Group of the Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious Associations holds its 11th session


Metropolitan Hilarion: The plight of Christians in many countries of the world is tragic


The DECR chairman completes his trip to the USA 


DECR chairman visits Cathedral of St. John the Baptist of Russian Church Outside Russia


DECR chairman meets with Open Doors human rights advocacy organization


Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Russian ambassador to the US


The chairman of the Department of External Church Relations meets with the former US ambassador-at-large for religious freedom and other representatives


DECR chairman speaks in Washington at international summit on religious freedom


Metropolitan Hilarion: An idea of Belarusian Church autocephaly is being promoted to destabilize situation in the country


Chairman of DECR meets with the president of St. Vladimir’s Seminary in New York


DECR chairman and ROCOR First Hierarch celebrate Liturgy at Synodal residence of Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in New York


Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Primate of Orthodox Church in America


Metropolitan Hilarion concelebrates with His Beatitude Tikhon, Metropolitan of America and Canada, at St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York


Metropolitan Hilarion: Patriarch of Constantinople has brought the Orthodox-Roman Catholic dialogue to deadlock


Metropolitan Hilarion: Holiness is a constant striving to imitate the Lord Jesus Christ


Metropolitan Hilarion: God does not want to condemn, but to save us


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord always grants to us the opportunity to display our talents


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord has imbued the waters of Jordan with his divine presence to wash away human sins


Metropolitan Hilarion: to repent means to change your way of life


On commemoration day of St. Catherine, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk officiated at the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr In-the-Fields  the representation of the Orthodox Church in America


Metropolitan Hilarion: We can always show compassion for people


Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates on commemoration day of St. Varlaam of Khutyn at the church of ‘Joy to All the Afflicted’ icon of the Mother of God


Metropolitan Hilarion: We should remember that the life of each human being is in the hands of God


Metropolitan Hilarion: For God there is nothing impossible


Metropoplitan Hilarion: The cross which was an instrument of dishonourable execution becomes the symbol of salvation for millions of people


Metropolitan Hilarion: Eucharist is the wedding feast, to which Lord Jesus Christ invites each of us


Metropolitan Hilarion: Faith alone is not enough for salvation


Metropolitan Hilarion: God is willing to give everyone a wonderful gift of faith, but people must be willing to accept it


Metropolitan Hilarion: We should be mindful of the value of human life



Fields marked by * are mandatory required

Send a message