Vladimir (Roman) of Classis and St. Julius Island

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Vladimir (secular name Maurice Roman); (Greek) Ο Βλαντιμίρ, Επίσκοπος της Ιεράς Πόλεως Κλάσης και του νησιού Αγίου Ιουλίου της Αίγινας) - Володимир єпископ СВЯТИЙ ЮЛІЙ, is the Bishop of Civitas Classis Classis-Ravenna and St. Julius Island was ordained Bishop of St. Julius Island under the Jurisdiction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate in December 19th 1995.


Vladyka Vladimir (Maurice Roman) was born in Milan in 1962. He is an Archaeologist by background, having studied the History of Classical Antiquity, Archeology, Byzantine History and History of the Church. He wrote his dissertation in Byzantine Canon and Civil Law at the Institute of Byzantine History (Dafist) at a prestigious Italian university. As a young boy, he was part of a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate directed by Archimandrite Evloghij.


He was tonsured rasophore monk in 1984 then lector, subdeacon. In 1985 was ordained deacon and priest as Hieromonk and later in 1992 he was appointed to the dignity of Hegumen. He was later elevated to the dignity of Kathegumen in 1993 and in 1995 Archimandrite under the Jurisdiction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate.

Archbishop Vigil of Paris with Patriarch Volodimir in Kiev

He was consecrated bishop on 6 December o.s./19 December n.s. 1995, Feast of St. Nicholas, by Metropolitan Vigil of Paris (Patriarchate of Kiev), Metropolitan Evloghij (Patriarchate of Kiev), and Bishop Vassilij (Patriarchate of Kiev) under the jurisdiction and Omophor His Holiness Patriarch Filaret of Kiev. Archbishop Lazar (Puhalo) of Ottawa, who he knew and met in Kiev during the enthronement of Patriarch Filaret (October 1995), sent as a member of the Holy Synod of Autonomous Orthodox Church of Milan, Western Europe and Canada (Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate) his agreement for the consecration. Vladyka Vladimir was in the same Holy Synod with Vladyka Lazar (Puhalo) of Ottawa and Vladyka Varlaam (Novakshonoff) of Vancouver, both consecrated under the Omophorion of the Patriarch of Kiev - Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate.

Bishop Volodymir has never received any canonical punishment from his Mother Church, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate, on the contrary he maintains a courteous and respectful relationship with his mother Church. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate has sometimes sent to him respectful Greetings.


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