His Eminence Hilarion
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad
On December 10, 1984, His Eminence Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky, +1985) and nine other bishops officiated at the consecration of Hieromonk Hilarion to the episcopacy. As Bishop of Manhattan, His Grace was also responsible for the parishes of Pennsylvania, and was also appointed the Deputy Secretary of the Synod of Bishops by the Council of Bishops. Ten years later, thanks to the archpastoral efforts of Bishop Hilarion, the number of parishes in the Eastern American Diocese grew to 64. Visiting parish after parish, Vladyka drew the love and respect of all those who met him. Holding a position of responsibility in the administrative center of the Church Abroad, Vladyka Hilaron was also an active participant in the main events of its history. In 1995, Bishop Hilarion was given the title Bishop of Washington as he continued to live in New York, but due to problems in the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand after the retirement of the ailing Archbishop Paul (Pavlov), and in recognition of his exception pastoral talents, Vladyka Hilarion was elevated to the rank of archbishop and appointed Ruling Bishop of the Diocese of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2003, Vladyka Hilarion was awarded the right to wear the diamond cross. During the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in 2006, he was appointed First Deputy President of the Synod of Bishops. On March 16, 2008, the very day of the repose of His Eminence, Metropolitan Laurus, Archbishop Hilarion was appointed Temporary President of Synod of Bishops and of the electoral commission tasked with preparing for the Sobor of Bishops. There His Eminence was elected First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad on May 12. On May 18, 2008, Metropolitan Hilarion was enthroned in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign.
His Grace Nicholas Bishop of Manhattan
Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese
Bishop Nicholas (Olhovsky) was born on December 17, 1974, in Trenton, NJ. In addition to local public school, he graduated from St. Alexander Nevsky Russian Parish School in Lakewood, NJ. In 1998, he graduated from Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY. On the feast day of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos in 1994, he was ordained a reader by Bishop Hilarion of Manhattan (today First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad) in Trenton’s Dormition Church. In May 2006, he served as a delegate to the 4th All-Diasporan Church Council; on June 12 of that year, he was ordained to the diaconate by Metropolitan Laurus and assigned to Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville. In May 2007, he participated in the celebration of the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion in Moscow, accompanying Metropolitan Laurus. In December 2010, after the sudden and unexpected death of his Matushka Elisabeth, he was appointed guardian of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God.
Fr. Nicholas’ monastic tonsure was performed on April 4, 2014 in Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. In tonsure, he was given the name “Nicholas” ‒ in honor of the Holy Hierarch Nicholas of Japan. At Divine Liturgy on April 27, the second Sunday of Holy Pascha, in the presence of the Kursk Root Icon, Hieromonk Nicholas was elevated to the rank of archimandrite in Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia Cathedral in Munich. The Rite of Nomination and episcopal Consecration were performed in Joy of All Who Sorrow Cathedral in San Francisco, CA, on Sunday, June 28-29, 2014, during the celebrations in honor of the 20th anniversary of the glorification by the Russian Church Abroad of the Holy Hierarch John of Shanghai & San Francisco.
Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov
Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, after receiving a degree in engineering, proceeded to complete his theological studies at Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, New York. In 1963, after being ordained to the diaconate by St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, and – four years later – to the priesthood by Metropolitan Philaret, Fr. Valery was assigned as rector of St. Alexander Nevsky Church, Lakewood, New Jersey. He dedicated his life to enriching the parish by erecting a beautiful cathedral, which has since become the seat of the Eastern American Diocese, and he continued to serve there as rector emeritus during his retirement. Throughout his fifty years of service to the Church and the spiritual needs of its people, Fr. Valery directed the schooling of children, lectured extensively at Church assemblies and celebrations, as well as pastoral and youth conferences. He held many administrative positions in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, including a year heading the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. Fr. Valery reposed in the Lord on May 25, 2018. Memory Eternal!
Archpriest Serge Lukianov
Archpriest Serge Lukianov completed his theological degree at Holy Trinity Seminary, in Jordanville, New York. In addition to serving as the administrator of the St. Alexander Nevsky Parish in Howell, NJ, and rector of the New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia Church in Brooklyn, NY, Fr. Serge holds the position of Diocesan Secretary on the diocesan council of the Eastern American Diocese, ROCOR. On Saturdays he serves as director of the St. Alexander Nevsky Parish School, and teaches Law of God courses to the students.
Archpriest Rafael Melendez
Archpriest Boris Slootsky
Archpriest Seraphim Chemodakov
After completing his degree in biological sciences, Fr. Seraphim continued his studies at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY, from which he graduated in 2002. Ordained into the diaconate shortly after by Metropolitan Laurus, Fr. Seraphim remained attached as a deacon to the Holy Trinity Monastery until his ordination into the priesthood by Archbishop Gabriel on the feast day of the Transfiguration on August 19, 2005, after which he was assigned to St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and parish. Fr. Seraphim serves as an assistant priest fulfilling various duties, as well as teaching the Law of God classes in the Saturday Russian School. Fr. Seraphim also holds a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Protodeacon Nicholas Lukianov
Protodeacon Leonid Roschko
Protodeacon Paul Drozdowski