Biography of His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk
Official Biography of His Grace
Bishop of Naro-Fominsk,
Vicar of the Moscow Diocese
Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA
Bishop John was born on October 22, 1974
In 1991, he graduated from Secondary School №4 in Moscow, studying the English Language
From 1991-1993 he studied Law at the Moscow University for the Humanities
From 1993-1994, he held obediances at the Pskov-Pechersk Monastery
From 1994-1997 he studied at the Moscow Theological Seminary
From 1996 – 1997 he was a staff member of the Publishing Council of the Russian Orthodox Church
specializing in drafting Liturgical guidelines
In 1997, he was appointed the Secretariat for Inter-Christian Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Affairs
In December of 1998, he was a member of the delegation representing the Russian Orthodox Church at the 8th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Harare, Zimbabwe and was elected to the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches.
From 1999-2000 he studied at St. Vladimir's Seminary, in Crestwood NY
From 2000-2002 he completed studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC majoring in Philosophy
From 2003 to 2009, as a member of the secretariat for Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department on Church and Society, he was in charge of inter-religious communication, including interaction with the Interreligious Council of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States as well as a member of the Commission of the Conference of European Churches entitled "Islam in Europe ". He participated in the preparation of the fourth, fifth and sixth meetings of the joint Russian-Iranian commission entitled "Islam-Orthodoxy.”
On August 28, 2007, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kalliningrad (the present Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia) ordained Bishop John a Deacon
On August 28, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kalliningrad (the present Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia) ordained Bishop John into the Holy Priesthood
On July 27, 2009 the Holy Synod appointed him the Deputy Chairman of the Department of Church and Society of the Moscow Patriarchate.
In 2009, with the blessing of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, Bishop John was included in the council for the "Study of Religious Materials in the Courts in an Effort to Identify Signs of Extremism" in Russian Ministry of Justice.
He was the official representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia, a member of the Commission on the organization of state support and the development of original Cossack culture, a member of the Public Council under the Federal Drug Control Service, a member of the Public Council of the Russian Federal Department of Cartography and Cadastre.
From 2010 to 2013 he was the Executive Secretary of the Interreligious Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
In October of 2012 the Holy Synod appointed him as the representative of the World Russian People's Council at the UN and cleric of St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.
On March 11, 2014 with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, the rector of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, His Eminence Archbishop Feognost of Sergiev – Posad tonsured Archpriest George Roshchin a Hieromonk. He was tonsured with the name of John in honor of St. John (Maximovitch), Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco.
Paschal Epistle of His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk - 04/29/16
Paschal Epistle of His Grace John, Bishop of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA to all the clergy and faithful children of the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA.
Nativity Epistle of His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk - 01/06/16
“God is with us, understand, all ye nations!” These words of the liturgical hymn, hearkening back to the biblical prophecy of Isaiah about Emmanuel (cf. Is. 7, 14), have become for us a verbal icon of the Nativity Feast..