Our rectors

Priest Danil Lugovoy, Rector of the Parish of St. Sergius of Radonezh from 2009.

Priest Danil Lugovoy was born in 1976 in the city of Moscow in the USSR where he finished secondary school in 1994.

In 1994, enrolled at the Moscow Theological Seminary, which he completed in 1997.

From 1997 to 2001, he studied at the Moscow Theological Academy. In 2002 he was awarded a Masters Degree in Theology for successfully completing a thesis on the History of the Russian Orthodox Church with the theme: “History of the St. Sava Monastery in Zvenigorod”.

In 2001 he was ordained as a deacon in the St. Danilov monastery by the His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II.

From 2001 to 2002, he served as a deacon in the Holy Trinity Church in Moscow.

From 2001 to 2005, he taught Russian Orthodox Church History at the Russian Orthodox University of St. John the Theologian.

From 2002 to 2009, he taught Essential and Comparative Theology at the Orthodox Classical Gymnasium “Hovrino” in Moscow.

In 2004 he was ordained as a priest at Novo-Spassky monastery by His Eminence Archibishop of Orehovo-Zuevo Alexy.

From 2004 to 2009, he served as a priest in St. Catherine Church in the Moscow.

In 2009, following the resolution of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and of all Russia Cyril, was appointed as the Rector of the church of St. Sergius of Radonezh in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Married, having two children.

Archpriest Ioann Lapidus, Rector of the Parish of St. Sergius of Radonezh from 2004 to 2009.

Archpriest Ioann Lapidus was born in 1973 in the city of Riga in the Republic of Latvia where he finished secondary school in 1990.

In 1991, enrolled at the Moscow Theological Seminary, which he completed in 1995 in the top category.

From 1995 to 1999, he studied at the Moscow Theological Academy. In 1999 he was awarded a Masters Degree in Theology for successfully completing a thesis on the History of the Early Church with the theme: “Saint Sophronius, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, and his struggle against the monophyletic heresy”.

In 1999 he was ordained as a deacon in the Academic Church of the Protection of the Holy Virgin by the Rector of Moscow Theological Academy Archbishop of Verea Eugene.

From 1998 to 2003, he taught Modern Greek Language, Essential and Comparative Theology at the Orthodox Classical Gymnasium “Hovrino” in Moscow.

From 1999 to 2000, he served as a deacon in the Church of Christ the Saviour and in the Church of the Saint Martyrs Adrian and Natalie.

In 1999 he started post-graduate studies in the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, finished in 2001.

In 2000 he was ordained as a priest at Archangel Michael’s chapel by His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and of all Russia Alexy II.

From 2000 to 2004, he served as a priest in St. Tatiana’s Church at the Moscow State University, and from 2001 to 2003, taught Early Church History at the Russian Orthodox University of St. John the Theologian.

In 2002 he became a staff member of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations in the inter-Christian relations section, specialising in relations with the Roman Catholic Church. In his secretarial capacity, he took an active role in the workings of numerous Orthodox-Catholic relation conferences, seminars and work groups.

In 2004, he was honoured with a kamelaukion.

In 2004, following the resolution of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and of all Russia Alexy II, father Ioann was appointed as the Rector of the church of St. Sergius of Radonezh in Johannesburg, South Africa.

On 5th of November 2008, following the resolution of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and of all Russia Alexy II, father Ioann was honoured with a rank of archpriest.

Married, having three children.

Hegumen Philaret (Bulekov), Rector of the Parish of St. Sergius of Radonezh from 2000 to 2004.

Hiegumen Philaret (Bulekov Alexander Vladimirovich) was born in Moscow in 1967 where he finished secondary school in 1984.

From 1984 – 1990, he studied physics at the Moscow State University.

In 1991, he joined the Moscow Theological Seminary after which he successfully completed the Moscow Theological Academy in 1998.

In 1999 he was awarded a Masters Degree in Theology for successfully completing a thesis: “History and the modern state of the Maronite Church”.

From 1988 to 1991, he worked in the Moscow Patriarchate Publishing Department and from 1991 to 1993, was a staff member of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations in the inter-Christian relations section.

He was a director of the Communication Service at the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations from 1993 to 1996.

In 1996 he was ordained as a deacon and was honoured with the Order of St. Daniel of Moscow.

From 1997 to 1999, he served as Secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate Representation to the Patriarchate of Antioch and All The East.

In 2000, he was ordained as a priest and tonsured with the name of Philaret in honour of St. Philaret the Metropolitan of Moscow.

From 2000 to 2004, he held the post of Rector of the Russian Orthodox Parish of St. Sergius of Radonezh in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In 2002, he was elevated to the rank of Hiegumen.

Following the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church during late 2004, father Philaret assumed his new post as a Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church at the European Council as well as Rector of the Church of All Saints in the city of Strasbourg, France.

Address:

7 rue Eduard Teutsch, Strasbourg 67000, France

Tel: + 33 3 88 25 54 97 │Cell: + 33 6 83 54 58 05

Archpriest Sergei Rasskazovskiy, Rector of the Parish of St. Sergius of Radonezh from 1998 to 2000.

Archpriest Sergei Rasskazovskiy was born on the 30 of July 1948 in the city of Leningrad, of Orthodox parents. He started working in a turnery at the age of fifteen. After he graduated from the evening school of ‘Working Youth’ with honours, he enrolled for the electro-physical faculty at the Electro-Technical University in Leningrad, which he completed in 1974.

In 1973 he began work at the Pavlov Institute of Physiology as an engineer. In 1977 he continued his studies part–time at the Theological Academy in Leningrad, concurrently completing an external degree at the Seminary. In 1981, upon completion of the Academy and Seminary (with distinction), he was appointed as a lecturer of Dogmatic Theology at the Seminary. In 1982, he achieved a Masters Degree with honours in Theology for a thesis: “Ecclesiological opinions of prof. archpriest Pavel Svetlov issued in the edition “Where is the Oekumenical Church? – concerning the question about the Church Unity and about the Ecclesiology (1905)””.

In 1991 he was appointed Secretary of the Theological Academy and Seminary in Leningrad (St. Petersburg).
In 1996 he began tutoring in Dogmatic Theology at the Theological Academy.

From 1991 to 1999, he tutored in Dogmatic Theology at the Russian Orthodox Humanitarian Institute of St. Petersburg.

In 1991, he was ordained as a deacon in the Church of the Icon “Vladimirskaja” of the Virgin Mary in St. Petersburg, and, shortly after, was ordained as a priest during the Easter service that same year. He then went on to serve as a priest at the Church of St. John the Theologian, whilst at the same time being a confessor at the local children’s School of Theology. From 1998, he served as Rector of the Church of St. Basil the Great.

He was a participant in numerous theological conversations, church assemblies, conferences and seminars. From 1983 to 1991, he was thrice elected vice-principal of the “Syndesmos” – The World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth. As of the year 2000, he became an official member of “RAEN”

By the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on the 30th of December 1998, he was appointed as Rector of the Parish of St. Sergius of Radonezh in Johannesburg, South Africa, to head the development of a newly formed Russian Orthodox community.

In a follow-up resolution of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on the 29th of December 2000, Archpriest Sergei was appointed as Rector of the Church of St. Patriarch Tikhon in Toronto, Canada.

Address:

Toronto 66 Oakmount Road Apt. 513 Toronto Ontario Canada M6P 2M8,
Tel. (101- 416) 239-0525
http://www.russianchurchpodvorietoronto.org