Sawa (Hrycuniak) of Warsaw

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[[Image:J. E. metropolita Sawa.JPG|right|thumb|His Beatitude Sawa, Archbishop of Warsaw and Metropolitan of All Poland.]]
    Metropolitan SAWA (Michal Hrycuniak) was born on the 15.04.1938 in Sniatycze (near Zamosc). He finished a spiritual seminary and enrolled in 1957 at the Christian Theological Academy in Warsaw, from which he graduated in 1961 with the title of Master (M.A.) of theology. From 1961 to 1979 he lectured at the Orthodox Spiritual Seminary in Warsaw. Moreover, from 1962 to the present day he has lectured atthe Christian Theological Academy (ChAT). He obtained his first ordination in 1964. In 1966, during the stay at the Orthodox Theologic Faculty of University in Belgrade, he received a title of Doctor (Ph.D.) of theology. Then he took the holy orders and was given a monastic name - Sawa. In the same year he received his next ordination. In 1970 he became Archimandryte. In 1978, on the basis of his qualifying thesis, he became a reader of the dogmatic orthodox theology (he payed hability dissertation in Christian Theological Academy and he received degree hability Ph.D. from orthodox dogmatic theology - the title existed in Poland). It was also then that he was appointed to a post of a docent and manager of the Chair of the Dogmatic and Moral Theology in Christian Theological Academy. In 1990, President of the Polish Republic nominated him as a professor of theology. Since March 1999, he is a chairman of the Orthodox Theology Chair, created on University in Bialystok.  
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His Beatitude '''Sawa (Hrycuniak)''', [[Archbishop]] of Warsaw and [[Metropolitan]] of All Poland, is the current head of the [[autocephalous]] [[Church of Poland]]. He is the eighth [[hierarch]] to head the Polish [[church]] since it was granted autocephaly by the [[Patriarch of Constantinople]] in 1924. As Archbishop of Warsaw and Metropolitan of All Poland, his [[see]] is in Warsaw at the [[Cathedral]] of [[Cathedral of Mary Magdalen Equal to the Apostles (Warsaw)|Mary Magdalen Equal to the Apostles]].
    He was the director of the Office of the Orthodox Metropolitan of Warsaw and All Poland from 1966 to 1970. In 1970 he was nominated as a prior of male monastery under invocation St. Onufry in Jableczna. In 1974 he became a president of the Highe Orthodox Spiritual Seminary in this monastery. In 1979 he obtained bishop's ordination. At the beginning, he was the Head of Lodz-Poznan Diocese, and from 1981 of Bialystok-Gdansk Diocese. In 1987 he was nominated as an archbishop. In 1994, after forming thr Orthodox Ordinariate of the Polish Army in agreement with the Holy Council of Bishops of the Polish Orthodox Church he was nominated by the Minister of National Defence as the Elder of Orthodox Ordinariate of the Polish Army, called a Field Bishop (until 1998). In 1996 he was nominated on the brygadier general.  
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==Biography==
    In January 1998, due to an illness of the late His Eminence Metropolitan Bazyli, the Holy Council of Bishops of the Polish Orthodox Church entrusted duties of the Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan's Throne to Archbishop Sawa. On the 12.05.1998 the Holy Council of Bishops of the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church unanimously elected Archbishop Sawa on post Metropolitan of Warsaw and All Poland. On the 31.05.1998 in Warsaw a solemn enthronement of the new elected Metropolitan took place.
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Born on [[April 15]], 1938, in Sniatycze (near Zamosc), Michael Hrycuniak completed a spiritual [[seminary]] and then enrolled in a Master of Arts in Theological Studies in 1957, graduating in 1961.
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Michal began lecturing at the Orthodox Spiritual Seminary in Warsaw in 1961, and since 1962 he lectured at the Christian Theological Academy (ChAT), something he has continued to do to this day. In 1964, Michal was [[ordination|ordained]] to the [[diaconate]]. In 1966, Dcn Michal received his Ph.D. in Theology from the Orthodox Theologic Faculty of the University of Belgrade, after which he was [[tonsure]]d with the name ''Sawa''. In the same year, [[hierodeacon|Hdcn]] Sawa was ordained to the [[priest]]hood and was made director of the office of the Metropolitan of Warsaw. Fr Sawa was elevated to [[archimandrite]] in 1970, and was named prior of St Onufry [[Monastery]], Jableczna.
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On the basis of his qualifying thesis, Archim. Sawa became a reader of Orthodox dogmatic theology, and received a Ph.D. in Orthodox dogmatic theology. He was also appointed to the Chair of Dogmatic and Moral Theology at the Christian Theological Academy. In 1979, Archim. Sawa stopped lecturing at the Orthodox Spiritual Seminary in Warsaw. In the same year, Archim. Sawa was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] to the episcopacy as head of the Lodz-Poznan [[diocese]]. In 1981, he was transferred to the Bialystok-Gdansk diocese. In 1987, Bp Sawa was elevated to [[Archbishop]].
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In 1990, the president of the Republic of Poland nominated Abp Sawa to be a professor of theology; since March of that year, he has held the Orthodox Theology Chair at the University of Bialystok. In 1994, having formed the Orthodox Ordinariate of the Polish Army, under the blessing of the Holy Synod, he was nominated by the Minister of National Defence as the Elder of Orthodox Ordinariate of the Polish Army, entitled a Field Bishop. In 1996, he was made a brigadier-general.
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In 1998, he ceased his role in the Polish army.  In January, due to an illness suffered by Metropolian [[Basil (Doroszkiewicz) of Poland|Bazyli]], the [[Holy Synod]] made Archbishop Sawa the [[Locum Tenens]] of the Metropolitan throne. On [[May 12]], 1998, the Holy Synod unanimously elected Archbishop Sawa as Archbishop of Warsaw, Metropolitan of All Poland. The [[enthronement]] took place on [[May 31]], 1998.
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==External links==
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*[http://www.bialystok.telbank.pl/Orthodox/en/sawa.htm Biography] at the [http://www.bialystok.telbank.pl/Orthodox/en/info.htm Orthodoxy in Poland] website
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*[http://orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/poland/current.htm#sawa_metr_poland Listing] at the Orthodox Research Institute
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Latest revision as of 15:38, June 7, 2012

His Beatitude Sawa, Archbishop of Warsaw and Metropolitan of All Poland.

His Beatitude Sawa (Hrycuniak), Archbishop of Warsaw and Metropolitan of All Poland, is the current head of the autocephalous Church of Poland. He is the eighth hierarch to head the Polish church since it was granted autocephaly by the Patriarch of Constantinople in 1924. As Archbishop of Warsaw and Metropolitan of All Poland, his see is in Warsaw at the Cathedral of Mary Magdalen Equal to the Apostles.

[edit] Biography

Born on April 15, 1938, in Sniatycze (near Zamosc), Michael Hrycuniak completed a spiritual seminary and then enrolled in a Master of Arts in Theological Studies in 1957, graduating in 1961.

Michal began lecturing at the Orthodox Spiritual Seminary in Warsaw in 1961, and since 1962 he lectured at the Christian Theological Academy (ChAT), something he has continued to do to this day. In 1964, Michal was ordained to the diaconate. In 1966, Dcn Michal received his Ph.D. in Theology from the Orthodox Theologic Faculty of the University of Belgrade, after which he was tonsured with the name Sawa. In the same year, Hdcn Sawa was ordained to the priesthood and was made director of the office of the Metropolitan of Warsaw. Fr Sawa was elevated to archimandrite in 1970, and was named prior of St Onufry Monastery, Jableczna.

On the basis of his qualifying thesis, Archim. Sawa became a reader of Orthodox dogmatic theology, and received a Ph.D. in Orthodox dogmatic theology. He was also appointed to the Chair of Dogmatic and Moral Theology at the Christian Theological Academy. In 1979, Archim. Sawa stopped lecturing at the Orthodox Spiritual Seminary in Warsaw. In the same year, Archim. Sawa was consecrated to the episcopacy as head of the Lodz-Poznan diocese. In 1981, he was transferred to the Bialystok-Gdansk diocese. In 1987, Bp Sawa was elevated to Archbishop.

In 1990, the president of the Republic of Poland nominated Abp Sawa to be a professor of theology; since March of that year, he has held the Orthodox Theology Chair at the University of Bialystok. In 1994, having formed the Orthodox Ordinariate of the Polish Army, under the blessing of the Holy Synod, he was nominated by the Minister of National Defence as the Elder of Orthodox Ordinariate of the Polish Army, entitled a Field Bishop. In 1996, he was made a brigadier-general.

In 1998, he ceased his role in the Polish army. In January, due to an illness suffered by Metropolian Bazyli, the Holy Synod made Archbishop Sawa the Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan throne. On May 12, 1998, the Holy Synod unanimously elected Archbishop Sawa as Archbishop of Warsaw, Metropolitan of All Poland. The enthronement took place on May 31, 1998.

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Sawa (Hrycuniak) of Warsaw
Preceded by:
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Bishop of Lodz-Poznan
1979-1981
Succeeded by:
Simon (Romańczuk)
Preceded by:
?
Archbishop of Bialystok-Gdansk
1981-1998
Succeeded by:
Jakub (Kostiuczuk)
Preceded by:
?
Elder of Orthodox Ordinariate
(Field Bishop) of the Polish Army

1994-1998
Succeeded by:
Miron (Chodakowski)
Preceded by:
Basil (Doroszkiewicz)
Archbishop of Warsaw
Metropolitan of All Poland

1998-present
Succeeded by:
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