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Vicar Bishop for Western Europe elected

To the Clergy and Faithful of Great Britain, Ireland
and Western Europe

Beloved Fathers, Brothers and Sisters!

With joy I write to share the news that the Holy Synod, following on from its decision of 7th / 20th September to appoint a new Ruling Bishop for Great Britain, Ireland and Western Europe, has elected also a Vicar Bishop to serve within this territory and aid me in the spiritual and practical care for the flock of these diverse lands. Confirmed by our Holy Synod and with the blessing of His Holiness the Patriarch, the Very Reverend Archpriest Adrian (Echevarria), long-time cleric of the Diocese of Western Europe and the historic parish in Vevey, will be consecrated as Auxiliary Bishop with the title ‘Bishop of Vevey.’

Father Adrian, ordained to the Holy Priesthood over twenty years ago by His Grace Bishop Ambrose of blessed memory, has served the Diocese diligently, quietly and prayerfully those many years; and he has been a support, spiritually and practically, to the clergy and faithful near to him. It is the sincere prayer of the Holy Synod that, in calling Father Adrian to the high office of Archpastor, these same gifts may come to be offered for the benefit of all our faithful in Europe.

I ask all the clergy and faithful to pray for our Bishop-Elect, Father Adrian, that God will give him strength and endurance to bear this precious Cross. Details regarding his tonsure into monastic orders, and the date and place of his consecration to the Episcopacy, will be forthcoming.

May God protect and bless His servant, and all His flock,


(Read the full announcement in the letter from Bishop Irenei in Russian, French and English.)

Fr Adrian had now been tonsured as a monk and was given the name Alexander. He has recently been made Archimandrite in preparation for his formal election and consecration as Bishop of Vevey on the Eve and Feast of Theophany in our Cathedral in Geneva. This is a great moment for both the Western European Diocese and for the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland. 

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