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Russian Orthodox Diocese of Chersonese

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The '''Russian Orthodox Diocese of Chersonese''' or '''Diocese of Kors(o)un''', headquartered in Paris, France, is a [[diocese]] of the [[Church of Russia]] in Western Europe. Its current [[primate]] is His Eminence Archbishop Innocent Grace Bishop [[Nestor (VassilievSirotenko) [http://e.korsoun.free.fr/en/archbishop.htmof Korsun], [[Bishop]] of or Chersonese. (Chersonese is an ancient city in the Crimea, founded by Greek colonists in the fourth century BC. According to the tradition of the Church, in this city, [[Vladimir of Kiev|Prince Vladimir]] decided to become a Christian, opening a new page in the history of Russia.)
{{diocese|
name=Russian Orthodox Diocese of Chersonese|
type=Diocese|
founded=''1931''|
bishop=Innocent Nestor (VassilievSirotenko)|
see=Paris|
hq=Paris, France|
==History==
The origin of the diocese goes back to the [[exarchate]] of the Moscow Patriarchate in Western Europe, just after the Russian revolution in 1917, chaired by [[Metropolitan]] [[Eulogius (Georgievsky) of Paris|Euloge (Guéorguievski)]]. Because of many problems with the Soviet controlled Mother Church, Metropolitan Euloge requested autocephalous status from Moscow, but was denied. Metropolitan Euloge did not believe that he and his flock were in the same situation as the refugees of the [[ROCOR|Karlovtsy Synod]], he was looking for what he could see as a canonical solution to the situation.
In 1931, Metropolitan Euloge temporarily left the [[Moscow Patriarchate]] and reluctantly joined the jurisdiction of the [[Patriarchate of Constantinople]]. The Orthodox who remained loyal to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1931 founded the [[parish ]] of the ''Three Holy Hierarchs'' ([[Basil the Great]], [[Gregory the Theologian]]and [[John Chrysostom]]). Among its founders were Bishop [[Benjamin (FedtchenkovFedchenkov) of the Aleutians|Benjamin (Fedchenkov)]], the theologian [[Vladimir Lossky]], hiéromoine [[Athanasius (Netchaev)]]. An important role in the founding of new exarchate was played by the [[Fraternity of St. Photius]], it was chaired by Vladimir Lossky until 1931 .
In January 1931, the Moscow Patriarchate, then subjected to unprecedented persecution from the Soviet authorities, appointed [[Eleutherius (Bogoïavlenski)]] Metropolitan of Vilnius in place of Metropolitan Euloge. In March of that year, Bishop Benjamin became [[auxiliary bishop ]] of the diocese and rector of the church of the Three Holy Hierarchs, which became in 1946 the headquarters of the new exarch of the Moscow patriarchate in France.
In 1945, about a year before his death, the Metropolitan Euloge returned with all its parishes within the Russian Orthodox Church and again became exarch of the Moscow patriarchate. However, after Euloge's death in 1946, Metropolitan Seraphin (Loukianov) was appointed the new [[exarch ]] of the Moscow Patriarchate. A large number of parishes, contesting Archbishop Seraphin, again broke from the mother Church. These parishes have spawned the current exarchate of the Russian parishes in [[Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe|Western Europe of the Patriarchate of Constantinople]].
Today's Diocese of Chersonese, strictly speaking, was born in the late 1980's 1980s as the heir of the exarchate of Western Europe.
== Organization ==
The Diocese of Chersonese includes the parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Switzerland and Portugal.  Until December 2006Its current seat is the Three Holy Hierarchs' Church in Paris, France, but planning for the diocese also included construction of a large cathedral in central Paris in cooperation with the Russian and French governments is underway. In addition to the parishes of Italy, now placed monasteries, and [[chapel]]s under its care the authority Diocese of the canonical Korsun also operates a theological [[titular bishopseminary]] of Bogorodskin Épinay-sous-Sénart, France.
==Sources==
*[http://www.egliserusse.eu/Quelques-mots-sur-le-diocese-de-Chersonese_a15.html Quelques mots sur le diocèse de Chersonèse] - A few words about the Diocese of Chersonese (French)
*[http://www.monasterypress.com/anonftp/pub/Rocatruth.pdf The Truth About the Russian Church Abroad], by M. Rodzianko ISBN 0884650049
== External links ==
* [http://www.egliserusse.eu/ Russian Orthodox Diocese of Chersonese Official Website]
* [http://www.ortodossia.org/ Russian Orthodox Church in Italy]
* [http://morkov.org/orthodox.htm Russian Orthodox Church in Spain and Portugal]
* [http://mypage.bluewin.ch/russ-orth/ Russian Orthodox Church in Switzerland]
==External links==
*[http://www.egliserusse.eu/ Russian Orthodox Eparchy of Korsun] (Official Site)
*[http://www.seminaria.fr/ St. Genevieve's Russian Orthodox Theological Seminary] (Official Site)
*[http://www.ortodossia.org/ Patriarchal Russian Orthodox Church in Italy]
*[http://morkov.org/orthodox.htm Patriarchal Russian Orthodox Church in Spain and Portugal]
*[http://mypage.bluewin.ch/russ-orth/ Patriarchal Russian Orthodox Church in Switzerland]
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[[Category:Orthodoxy in Western Europe]]
[[Category:Orthodoxy in France]]
 
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