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Irenei (Steenberg) of Sacramento

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== Biography ==
Matthew Craig Steenberg was born in 1978 on American Naval Base in Okinawa, Japan. Growing up, he lived in many places both in the United Statesand abroad, including Moscow, Idaho, 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 2000sWhile in Oxford, he taught at Oxford and Fr. Irenei was tonsured a parishioner of the local Orthodox parish under the [[Moscow Patriarchatereader]]. Since 2000 he is Professorial Research Fellow as well as served in Theology, Leeds Trinity University Collegethe capacity of choir directorFrom 2003-2007 In 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]], 2007, by [[Bishop]] [[Elisey (Ganaba) of Sourozh|Elisey of Bogorodsk]], serving in the [[Diocese of Sourozh]].
In 2007-2010 2008, he was Chair established the website,, a website dedicated to "Orthodoxy through Patristics, Monastic, and Liturgical Study. As part of Theology and Religious Studiesthis site, Leeds Trinity University Collegea discussion board to keep conversation on Orthodoxy going was created.
In January 2010, Archbishop [[Kyrill (Dmitrieff) of San Francisco|Kyrill of San Francisco and Western 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>[ Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov

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