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Most of Evlogy's parishes remained loyal to him, however, as they were generally against the Soviet government. Evlogy then petitioned Ecumenical Patriarch Photius II to be received under his canonical care and was received in 1931, becoming an exarchate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. In 1965, the jurisdiction was downgraded to a [[vicariate]], but returned to the rank of exarchate in 1999.
In 2006, against the protests of Moscow, the Exarchate received Bp. [[Basil (Osborne) of Amphipolis|Basil (Osborne)]] (formerly the temporary administrator of the Moscow Patriarchate's [[Diocese of Sourozh]]), along with a number of parishes and clergy in the United Kingdom. Bp. Basil was elected as an auxiliary of the Exarchate's archbishop and given care of the [[Episcopal Vicariate
of Great Britain and Ireland]], formed of those parishes and clergy that came with him.
Since its reception by the Ecumenical Patriarch in 1931, the Exarchate has grown to roughly 100 parishes (more than 40 of which are in France), served by about 66 [[priest]]s who care for the needs of an increasingly multi-cultural flock, numbering roughly 100,000 strong. The Exarchate also has one [[monastery]] for women, the [[Orthodox Monastery of the Veil of Our Lady (Bussy-en-Othe, France)]], which publishes translations of liturgical materials.
Communities of the Exarchate, the largest Orthodox group in France where it is centered, range throughout Western Europe, including Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Italy and Spain.
The Exarchate has been particularly active in missionary work in Scandinavia, including developing worship in the local languages.
Perhaps the best known institution of the Exarchate is the [[St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute (Paris, France)|St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute]], founded in 1925 by Metr. Evlogy and sometime home of several well-known Orthodox theologians and writers of the twentieth century, including [[Georges Florovsky]], [[Alexander Schmemann]] and [[John Meyendorff]] (although not [[Vladimir Lossky]], who neither taught at St. Sergius nor was a member of the Exarchate, himself remaining loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate).
*Archbishop [[Gabriel (de Vylder) of Komana]], [[ruling bishop]]
*Bishop [[Michael (Storogenko) of Claudiopolis
]], [[auxiliary bishop]] *Bishop [[Basil (Osborne) of Amphipolis]], auxiliary bishop*Bishop Paul of Tracheia, auxiliary bishop (retired)
*[http://exarchat.eu/ Official site] (in French, Russian and English)
*[http://www.cnewa.org/ecc-bodypg.aspx?eccpageID=43&IndexView=toc Eastern Christian Churches: The Russian Orthodox Exarchate in Western Europe], by Ronald Roberson, Roman Catholic priest and scholar
*[http://perso.wanadoo.fr/monastere.bussy/ Monastère Orthodoxe Notre Dame de Toute Protection] (in French)
Danish Orthodox Church] (in Danish)*[http://www.ortodoks.com/ Norwegian Orthodox Church] (in Norwegian)*[http://www.sirillus.se/kristi_forklarings_kyrka/index.htm Swedish Orthodox Church] (in Swedish)
[[Category:Orthodoxy in France]]
[[Category:Orthodoxy in Western Europe]]