Patriarch Daniel celebrates 15 years as head of the Romanian Orthodox Church

Bucharest, September 13, 2022

Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel as Primate of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

On September 12, 2007, His Eminence Metropolitan Daniel of Moldova and Bucovina was chosen by the Church’s electoral college for the dignity of Archbishop of Bucharest, Metropolitan of Muntenia and Dobrogea and Patriarch of the Romanian Church, reports the Basilica News Agency.

On September 30, he was officially enthroned as Patriarch.


The future patriarch Daniel was born on July 22, 1951 in the village of Dobreşti, Timiş county. He received the name of Dan-Ilie in Holy Baptism.

He studied theology in Sibiu from 1970 to 1974, and in Bucharest, under Archpriest Dumitru Staniloae from 1974 to 1976. From 1976 to 1980 he studied at the Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Sciences Humanities of Strasbourg, France, and the Faculty of Catholic Theology of Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. In June 1979, he defended his doctoral thesis on the relationship between theology and spirituality.

From 1980 to 1988, he was a lecturer at the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey of the World Council of Churches in Switzerland.

On August 6, 1987, he entered monastic life at Sihastria Monastery, with Elder Cleopa (Ilie) as his elder in the mantle. On August 14, he was ordained hierodeacon and hieromonk the following day.

The following year, he was elevated to the rank of protosinghel and appointed patriarchal adviser for contemporary theology and ecumenical dialogue. He also became an associate professor in the Department of Christian Mission at the Theological Institute in Bucharest.

On March 4, 1990, he was consecrated Vicar Bishop of the Archdiocese of Timișoara. On July 1, 1990, he was enthroned Archbishop of Iaşi and Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina, a position he held until his election as Patriarch.

His tenure there was marked by the establishment of dozens of Orthodox schools, museums, libraries, cultural centers, memorial houses, publishing houses, Orthodox radio and television stations, and more. Again.

From 1992 to 2007 he was professor of dogmatic and pastoral theology at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Iaşi.

On September 12, 2007, he was elected Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, and on September 30, he was officially enthroned. As in Iaşi, as Patriarch he created many institutions, including the Basilica Press Agency and the Patriarchate Press Office, publishing houses, pilgrimage centers, memorial houses, museums And much more.

Since then he has been a professor of pastoral theology at the Faculty of Theology in Bucharest.

Tap. Daniel’s ministry both in Iaşi and in Bucharest was also marked by significant academic and editorial activity, as well as missionary and social activity.

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Martha J. Finley