V. Revd. Prof. ''' Archimandrite Irenei''' (or '''Irenaeus''', secular name '''Matthew Craig Steenberg''') is an [[ archimandrite]] of the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]] . BA, M.St., D.Phil.
== 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 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 September 2000, he established the website, Monachos.net, a website dedicated to "Orthodoxy through Patristics, Monastic, and Liturgical Study". As part of this site, a discussion board to keep conversation on Orthodoxy going was created.
While in Oxford,
Fr. Irenei was tonsured a [[reader]] as well as served in the capacity of choir director. In 2006, he helped found the parish of [[St. Nicholas Church (Oxford, England)|St. Nicholas Church, 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]].
On August 26, 2011, at the Divine Liturgy for the patronal feastday of St. Tikhon's Church in San Francisco, Archbishop 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>.
On July 1, 2016, the Synod of Bishops of [[ROCOR]] elected Archimandrite Irenaeus (Steenberg) to be the Bishop of Sacramento and Vicar of the Western American Diocese. This election was submitted to Patriarch [[Kyrill (Gundyayev) of Moscow|Kyrill]], and it was subsequently confirmed by the Holy Synod of the Church of Russia on July 15<ref>http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/4561903.html</ref>.
== Writings ==