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V. Revd. Prof. His Grace, '''Archimandrite IrenaeusBishop Irenei''' (or '''IreneiIrenaeus''', secular name '''Matthew Craig Steenberg''') is an a [[archimandritebishop]] of the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]]. BA, M.St., D.Phil.
== Biography ==
Matthew Craig Steenberg was born in 1978 on the American Naval Base in Okinawa, Japan, where he lived the first year of his life before moving to the United States. Growing up, he lived in many places both in the United States and abroad, including the city of Moscow, Idaho in the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Belgium. At university, he majored in Classics and Religion, graduating with BA degrees in both. Afterwards, on a Marshall Scholarship, he moved to the United Kingdom, where he obtained a Masters Degree and then Doctorate in Patristic Studies and Church History from the University of Oxford. Upon completion of these degrees, he became a teaching Fellow of Religion at Oxford, a post he held until 2007, when he became Chair and Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Leeds Trinity University, a post which he held until 2010.
In the 2000sSeptember 2000, he taught at Oxford and was a parishioner of established the local Orthodox parish under the [[Moscow Patriarchate]]<ref>http://wwwwebsite, Monachos.wadiocesenet, a website dedicated to "Orthodoxy through Patristics, Monastic, and Liturgical Study".com/more.php?id=223_0_2_60_M6</ref> As part of this site, a discussion board to keep conversation on Orthodoxy going was created.
While in Oxford, Matthew was tonsured a [[reader]] as well as serving in the capacity of choir director. In 2003-2007 2006, he was head helped found the parish of Theology & Tutor for Graduates; Fellow in Patristic Theology and Early [[St. Nicholas Church History(Oxford, Greyfriars HallEngland)|St. Nicholas Church, University of Oxford]] after the already-established Orthodox parish in Oxford switched jurisdiction.
He was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] in London on [[August 28]] (os [[August 15]]), 2007 in London , by [[Bishop]] [[Elisey (Ganaba) of Sourozh|Elisey of Bogorodsk]]. He served as deacon for , serving in the [[Diocese of Sourozh]].
In 2007-January 2010 he was Chair , Archbishop [[Kyrill (Dmitrieff) of Theology San Francisco|Kyrill of San Francisco and Religious StudiesWestern America]] received Deacon Matthew Steenberg into the ranks of clergy of the Western American Diocese from the Diocese of Sourozh and assigned him to the St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Church in San Francisco and as the new principal of St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy in San Francisco<ref>[http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ShuMKn4LJA0J:frsergei.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/what-is-your-name-brother/+Steenberg+monk+March+8+2010&cd=8&hl=ru&ct=clnk&gl=ru Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov What is Your Name, Leeds Trinity University CollegeBrother?]</ref><ref name=wadiocese>http://www.wadiocese.com/enews.php?id=C50_99_14</ref>.
He moved to San Francisco from England. January On [[March 8]], 2010 Archbishop , he was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] with the name [[Kyrill Irenaeus]] (Dmitriefffor St. [[Irenaeus of Lyons]]) of San Francisco|by Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America]] has received Deacon Matthew Steenberg into the ranks of clergy of the Western American Diocese from the Diocese of Sourozh and assigned him to the St. Tikohon's of Zadonsk Church in San Francisco and as the new principal of St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy in San Francisco<ref>[http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ShuMKn4LJA0J:frsergei.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/what-is-your-name-brother/+Steenberg+monk+March+8+2010&cd=8&hl=ru&ct=clnk&gl=ru Fr. Sergei SveshnikovWhat is Your Name, Brother?]</ref><ref name=wadiocese>http://www.wadiocese.com/enews.php?id=C50_99_14</ref>.
On [[March 814]] ([[February 23]] os), 2010 he [[tonsure]]d , Hierodeacon Irenaeus was ordained a [[monkpriest]] with at the name [[Irenaeus]] after St. [[Irenaeus of Lyons]] Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco by Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America<ref name=wadiocese/>.
On [[March 14]] ([[March 1]] os)2010, 2010 hierodeacon Irenaeus was ordained he became a [[priest]] at the Holy Virgin Cathedral Visiting Professor in San Francisco by Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western AmericaOrthodox Christian Studies, Santa Clara University.
Since 2010 2011, he is principal was the Dean and Founder of St John of San Francisco the Sts Cyril & Athanasius Institute for Orthodox AcademyStudies, San Francisco.
Since March 2010 he is Visiting Professor On August 26, 2011, at the Divine Liturgy for the patronal feastday of St. Tikhon's Church in Orthodox Christian StudiesSan Francisco, Santa Clara UniversityArchbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America elevated Hieromonk Irenaeus to the rank of [[archimandrite]] and lay the [[mitre]] upon his head<ref>http://www.wadiocese.com/enews.php?id=C20_103_14</ref>.
Since 2000 he is Professorial Research Fellow in TheologyOn July 1, Leeds Trinity University College. Since 2011 he is dean 2016, the Synod of Bishops of [[ROCOR]] elected Archimandrite Irenaeus (Steenberg) to be the Bishop of Sacramento and Founder Vicar of the Sts Cyril & Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies, San FranciscoWestern American DioceseOn August 26 ( This election was submitted to Patriarch [[August 13Kyrill (Gundyayev) of Moscow|Kyrill]] os), 2011 at the Divine Liturgy on and it was subsequently confirmed by the occasion Holy Synod of the feastday Church of StRussia on July 15<ref>http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/4561903. Tikhon's Church in html</ref>. The consecration took place on November 7, 2016, and was officiated by Archbishop Kyril of San Francisco, along with Archbishop Kyrill Peter of Chicago, Bishop Theodosius of San Francisco Seattle, and Western America elevated Hieromonk Irenaeus to the rank Bishop John of [[archimandrite]] and lay the [[mitre]] upon his headNaro-Fominsk.<ref>http://www.wadiocesesynod.com/enewssynod/eng2016/20161107_ensffeast.php?id=C20_103_14html</ref>.
== Writings ==
* To see the cross universally: Images of the cross in the Old Testament
* Prayer as the act from which all good comes
 
==Interviews==
 
*[http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/80648.htm "The Only Voice with which any Orthodox Christian is Entitled to Speak is the Voice of the Church" A Conversation with Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg), part 1] [[July 15]], 2015; Pravoslavie.ru
*[http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/80649.htm "If Only We Would Take Seriously our Spiritual Lives, We Would All be Saints" A Conversation with Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg), part 2] [[July 15]], 2015; Pravoslavie.ru
== References==
==Sources==
* [http://www.wadiocese.com/news_160717_1.html Moscow: The Holy Synod confirmed the election of Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg) as Bishop of Sacramento, July 15, 2016]
* http://www.monachos.net/mcsteenberg/M.C._Steenberg/Academics.html
* http://www.sforthodoxinstitute.org/administration/101-faculty/184-irenei
* http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/33615524?versionId=45343317
* [http://www.wadiocese.com/retreat/steenberg.htm A Note on Dr. Matthew Steenberg]
* [http://www.stnicholas-oxford.org/#!parish-background/c7o9 St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Oxford] Parish Background
==External links==
*[http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/holyfathers Podcast series: A Word from the Holy Fathers]
* [http://monachos.net/ Monachos.net]
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