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Ambrose (Cantacuzène) of Geneva

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[[Image:Bishop_Ambrose.jpg|right|frame|His Grace, Bishop Ambrose (Cantacuzene) of Geneva]]
His Grace Bishop '''Ambrose (Cantacuzene)''' was [[bishop ]] of Geneva and Western Europe for the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia]] until his retirement in 2006. He is currently the [[rector ]] of the Russian Orthodox [[parish ]] in Vevey, Switzerland.
The future Bishop Ambrose, in the world Peter Cantacuzene, was born on 16 ( [[September 3) September]], 1947, in Vevey, Switzerland to Prince Peter Georgievich Cantacuzene and Olga Alekseevna, née Orlova. He is a descendant of the Byzantine royal house. He received his education in the classics and then graduated from the law school at Lausanne University. He subsequently worked as a high school teacher of French and basic jurisprudence.
In 1972 he was tonsured [[tonsure]]d a [[reader]] in Vevey. In 1974 he participated in the [[Third All-Diaspora Council]].
A spiritual child of Archbishop [[Anthony (Bartoshevich) of Geneva|Anthony (Bartoshevich) of Geneva and Western Europe]], he was [[ordination|ordained ]] [[deacon ]] and then [[priest ]] in Geneva in 1976. In the spring of 1978 he was appointed rector of the parish in Vevey, Switzerland.
In September 1993 he was tonsured a [[monk ]] with the name of Ambrose for St Ambrose of Milan. On [[September 26 September ]], 1993 he was consecrated bishop of Vevey, [[auxiliary bishop|vicar ]] for the Western-European diocese at the Exaltation of the Cross Cathedral in Geneva, Switzerland. The consecration was performed by Metropolitan [[Vitaly (Ustinov) of New York|Vitaly (Ustinov)]], [[Anthony (Bartoshevich) of Geneva|Archbishop Anthony (Bartoshevich) of Geneva and Western Europe]], [[Mark (Arndt) of Berlin|Archbishop Mark (Arndt) of Berlin and Germany]], and [[Seraphim (Dulgov) of Lesna|Bishop Seraphim (Dulgov) of Lesna]]. On [[October 17 October ]], 2000 he was appointed Bishop of Geneva and Western Europe by the Council of Bishops of the ROCOR. Between 2003 and 2006 he participated in the Committee for Dialogue with the Moscow Patriarchate; in May 2006, he was a member of the [[Fourth All-Diaspora Council]] in San Francisco, California. On [[May 19 May ]], 2006, the Council of Bishops of the ROCOR accepted Bishop Ambrose's request to be retired. Bishop Michael (Donskoff) was appointed as his successor to the Geneva cathedra.
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