Metropolitan '''Eulogius (Georgievsky) of Paris''' (also rendered ''Evlogy'', ''Euloge'', and ''Eulogios'') was a bishop of the Russian Orthodox diaspora during the tragic transition brought upon by the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
Under his leadership, the [[Russian Orthodox Exarchate in Western Europe]] was established. During most of his [[ episcopate]], he served under the omophorion of the [[Ecumenical Patriarch]]. However, because he decided, along with the Metropolia (subsequently the [[Orthodox Church in America]]), to pursue autonomy from Moscow independently of the [[ Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia|Karlovtsy Synod]] (ROCOR), his legacy is viewed as good or bad depending upon which jurisdiction is speaking. He was influential in founding the [[ St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute ( Paris, France)]] , which in turn was formative in the life of the [[ Orthodox Church in America]] and the founding of [[St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)]]. Spiritually, one may count among his descendants Metropolitan [[Anthony Bloom]], Protopresbyters [[Alexander Schmemann]], [[Georges Florovsky]], and [[John Meyendorff]], Saint [[Maria Skobtsova|Mary Skobtsova]].
Metropolitan Eulogius was appointed by [[ Tikhon of Moscow| Patriarch Tikhon]] in 1921 as the representative of the Patriarchate of Moscow in Western Europe. He sat in with the bishops of Karlovtsy Synod at this time.
In 1927 Eulogius broke with the Karlovtsy Synod and was subsequently condemned by them, splitting the Russian emigrant community in Western Europe. But Metropolitan Eulogius’s feeling was that because he was appointed the Moscow Patriarch to his position, that he and his flock were not in the same situation as the refugees of the Karlovtsy Synod.
1930, after taking part in a prayer service in London in supplication for Christians suffering under the Soviets, Eulogius was removed from office by Metr. [[Sergius I (Stragorodsky) of Moscow|Sergius (Stragorodsky)]], then [[locum tenens]] of the Patriarchate of Moscow and replaced. Most of Eulogius’s parishes remained loyal to him, however, as they were generally against the Soviet government. Eulogius 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.
About a year before his death
in 1946, the Metropolitan Eulogius returned with all his parishes to the Russian Orthodox Church and again became exarch of the Moscow patriarchate. However, after his death, 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 become the current exarchate of the Russian parishes in Western Europe of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
* ''The Russian Church Under the Soviet Regime, 1917-1982'' - By Dimitry Pospielovsky (1984) [http://www.svspress.com/ SVP] ISBN 0881410330 *[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)
title= Bishop of Vilnius<br>(Moscow Exarchate of Western Europe) |
after=[[Eleutherius (Bogoïavlenski)| Eleutherius]]}}
title=[[Russian Orthodox Exarchate in Western Europe|Archbishop of the Russian Orthodox Exarchate in Western Europe]]|
Tikhonitskii) of Paris|Vladimir]]}}
title=Metropolitan of Paris<br>[[Russian Orthodox Diocese of Chersonese|Exarch of Western Europe (Moscow)]]|
Seraphin ( Loukianov) of Paris| Seraphin]] }}
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[[Category:Orthodoxy in France]]