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Metropolitan Joseph (Bosakov) was the diocesan prelate of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia.
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His Eminence Metropolitan '''Joseph (Bosakov)''' was the ruling hierarch of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox [[Diocese]] of the USA, Canada, and Australia, under the [[jurisdiction]] of the [[Church of Bulgaria]], from 1986 until he submitted his resignation on [[February 26]], 2013.
He was born Ivan Blagoev, on December 6, 1942 in the village of Slavovitsa, Pazardzhik, Bulgaria.
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== Biography ==
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== Life ==
From 1956 to 1961 - he was enrolled as a student of Sofia Seminary. In 1970 he graduated from the Sofia Ecclesiastical Academy.
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Metr. Joseph was born Ivan Blagoev Bosakov, on [[December 6]], 1942 in the village of Slavovitsa, Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. From 1956 to 1961, Ivan was enrolled as a student of the Sofia [[Seminary]]. After his graduation in 1961, he continued his theological education at St. Kliment Ohridski Theological Academy in Sofia, graduating in 1970.
  
On April 12, 1970 he entered Troyan Monastery and was tonsured as a monk by Metropolitan Lovchanski Maxim (Patriarch of Bulgaria) with the name Joseph in honor of the righteous [[Joseph of Arimathea | Joseph of Arimathea ]]. On May 3 of that year he was ordained deacon by Metropolitan Lovchanski Maxim. On December 27of the same year he was ordained to the rank of a priest.
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On [[April 12]], 1970, Ivan entered Troyan Monastery and was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] by Metropolitan [[Maxim (Minkov) of Bulgaria|Maxim]] of Lovech, with the name Joseph in honor of the righteous [[Joseph of Arimathea|Joseph of Arimathea]]. On [[May 3]], 1970, he was [[ordination|ordained]] [[deacon]] by Metr. Maxim. On [[December 27]], 1970, Dcn. Joseph was ordained to the rank of a [[priest]] and was appointed protosyngellos of [[Diocese]] of Lovech. After Metr. Maxim was [[enthronement|enthroned]] as Patriarch of Bulgaria, Father Joseph was appointed [[protosyngellos]] of the Diocese of Sofia in July 1971.  
  
From July 1971 he served as protosyngellos of the Diocese of Sofia.
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On [[October 10]], 1971, Fr. Joseph was assigned by the Bulgarian [[Holy Synod]] to conduct specialist theological studies at [[Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary|Moscow Theological Academy]]. After defending his doctoral thesis, and with the blessing of the Patr. Maxim, Fr. Joseph was raised to the dignity of [[archimandrite]] by Patriarch [[Pimen (Izvekov) of Moscow|Pimen on [[July 21]], 1973. After returning to Bulgaria, he resumed his duties as protosyngellos of the Diocese of Sofia,
  
From 10 October 1971, at the direction of the Holy Synod he passed specialization in Moscow Theological Academy.  
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On [[December 7]], 1980, Archim. Joseph was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] Bishop of Velichskogo and appointed second [[vicar]] of the Diocese of Sofia. On [[March 24]], 1981, Bishop Joseph was appointed [[abbot]] of Troyan Monastery, and on [[June 1]], 1982 he became the first vicar of the Diocese of Sofia.
  
On July 21, 1973, after defending his doctoral thesis, with the blessing of the Patriarch of the Bulgarian Maxim he was elevated by Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Pimen to the rank of a archimadrite.
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On [[April 1]], 1983, Bishop Joseph was appointed to lead the Bulgarian Diocese of Akron in the United States, and on [[April 17]], 1986, he was formally elected Bishop of Akron. On [[December 18]], 1989, the Holy Synod of the Church of Bulgaria decided to restore the unified Bulgarian American and Australian diocese that had existed until 1969. The next day, [[December 19]], 1989, Bp. Joseph was elected Metropolitan of the US and Australia. By the decision of the Fifth Assembly of the Church and Laity, held in Sofia on [[December 17]], 2001, he was named Metropolitan of the US, Canada, and Australia  with the [[see|seat]] in New York City.
  
On his return to Bulgaria was again appointed as protosyngellos of the Diocese of Sofia.
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On [[November 27]], 2012, Metropolitan Joseph was appointed by the Holy Synod as the spokesman on the Patriarchal church council election. On [[February 15]], 2013 at the meeting of the Holy Synod Metr. Joseph was appointed Chairman of the Central Commission, the purpose of which was to nominate three candidates for the patriarchal throne after the repose of Patr. Maxim on [[November 6]], 2012.  
  
He was consecrated to the rank of bishop on December 7, 1980 and appointed second vicar of Velichskogo of the Diocese of Sofia.
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Late February 2013, Metr. Joseph submitted a petition for retirement. He advised that he had prepared a candidate as a replacement and wants to return to Bulgaria permanently.
  
On March 24, 1981 he was appointed superior at Troyan Monastery.
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On April 1, 1983 he was appointed head of Akronskoy Diocese and on April 17, 1986 approved as its Metropolitan.
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*[http://sofiaglobe.com/2013/02/26/bulgarian-orthodox-church-metropolitan-joseph-of-the-us-canada-and-australia-resigns/  Sofia Globe: Bulgarian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Joseph, of the US, Canada and Australia, resigns]
  
On December 19, 1989 the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church merged the New York and Akronskoy Diocese Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia. Since then Metropolitan Joseph served as its ruling bishop as Metropolitan with seat in New York.
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[[Category: Bishops]]
 
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[[Category: Bishops of Velichskogo]]
He published in the Bulgarian church periodical series a number of articles on Church Public Affairs.
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[[Category: Bishops of Akron]]
 
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On February 15, 2013 at the meeting of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church he was appointed Chairman of the Central Commission.  The main purpose of this synod was to determine the three candidates for the patriarchal throne.
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At the end of February 2013, he filed a petition for retirement. Metropolitan Joseph notified that he has prepared a candidate for a place and wants to return to live permanently in Bulgaria.
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Revision as of 12:59, March 31, 2013

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph (Bosakov) was the ruling hierarch of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia, under the jurisdiction of the Church of Bulgaria, from 1986 until he submitted his resignation on February 26, 2013.

Life

Metr. Joseph was born Ivan Blagoev Bosakov, on December 6, 1942 in the village of Slavovitsa, Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. From 1956 to 1961, Ivan was enrolled as a student of the Sofia Seminary. After his graduation in 1961, he continued his theological education at St. Kliment Ohridski Theological Academy in Sofia, graduating in 1970.

On April 12, 1970, Ivan entered Troyan Monastery and was tonsured a monk by Metropolitan Maxim of Lovech, with the name Joseph in honor of the righteous Joseph of Arimathea. On May 3, 1970, he was ordained deacon by Metr. Maxim. On December 27, 1970, Dcn. Joseph was ordained to the rank of a priest and was appointed protosyngellos of Diocese of Lovech. After Metr. Maxim was enthroned as Patriarch of Bulgaria, Father Joseph was appointed protosyngellos of the Diocese of Sofia in July 1971.

On October 10, 1971, Fr. Joseph was assigned by the Bulgarian Holy Synod to conduct specialist theological studies at Moscow Theological Academy. After defending his doctoral thesis, and with the blessing of the Patr. Maxim, Fr. Joseph was raised to the dignity of archimandrite by Patriarch [[Pimen (Izvekov) of Moscow|Pimen on July 21, 1973. After returning to Bulgaria, he resumed his duties as protosyngellos of the Diocese of Sofia,

On December 7, 1980, Archim. Joseph was consecrated Bishop of Velichskogo and appointed second vicar of the Diocese of Sofia. On March 24, 1981, Bishop Joseph was appointed abbot of Troyan Monastery, and on June 1, 1982 he became the first vicar of the Diocese of Sofia.

On April 1, 1983, Bishop Joseph was appointed to lead the Bulgarian Diocese of Akron in the United States, and on April 17, 1986, he was formally elected Bishop of Akron. On December 18, 1989, the Holy Synod of the Church of Bulgaria decided to restore the unified Bulgarian American and Australian diocese that had existed until 1969. The next day, December 19, 1989, Bp. Joseph was elected Metropolitan of the US and Australia. By the decision of the Fifth Assembly of the Church and Laity, held in Sofia on December 17, 2001, he was named Metropolitan of the US, Canada, and Australia with the seat in New York City.

On November 27, 2012, Metropolitan Joseph was appointed by the Holy Synod as the spokesman on the Patriarchal church council election. On February 15, 2013 at the meeting of the Holy Synod Metr. Joseph was appointed Chairman of the Central Commission, the purpose of which was to nominate three candidates for the patriarchal throne after the repose of Patr. Maxim on November 6, 2012.

Late February 2013, Metr. Joseph submitted a petition for retirement. He advised that he had prepared a candidate as a replacement and wants to return to Bulgaria permanently.

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Joseph (Bosakov) of America and Australia
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Bishop of Velichskogo
vicar Diocese of Sofia

1980 - 1983
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Bishop of Velichskogo
vicar Diocese of Akron

1983 - 1986
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Bishop of Akron
1986 - 1989
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Metropolitan of the US and Australia
1989 - 2001
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Metropolitan of the US, Canada, and Australia
2001 - 2013
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