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Mark (Arndt) of Berlin

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His Eminence the Most Reverend '''Mark (Arndt)''' is the Archbishop of Berlin, Germany and of Great Britain of the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia]] and Overseer of the [[Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem]].
[[Image:archbishopmark.jpg|right|thumb|150px|Archbishop Mark (Arndt) of Berlin, Germany and of Great Britain]]
In the course of his study of Slavistics, he became a specialist in a number of Slavic languages and literature, including Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Czech and Macedonian. He completed his PhD with the doctoral thesis "Biographical Literature of the Tver Duchy in the 14th and 15th Centuries". During his studies of Russian, he became acquainted with the Russian émigré community in Frankfurt. While studying under Professor Dimitri Chizhevsky at the University of Heidelberg, he visited the ROCOR Church of St. Alexander Nevsky in Mannheim. In 1964, he [[conversion|converted]] to Orthodox Christianity and became a reader. He later made trips to Mount Athos where he developed friendships with many of the elders, including two Hiero-schema-monks named Seraphim and Hiero-schema-monk Avel.
He continued his theological studies in 1973 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia graduating with a degree in theology in 1979. In Belgrade, Michael became part of a tightly-knit group of Serbia elder's students through Archimandrite Justin (Popovic), hieromonks Amphilochius, Afanasi, Artemije, and Irinj, now bishops of the [[Church of Serbia]]. In 1975, Michael chose a [[monasticism|monastic]] life and was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] with the name Mark by Abp. [[Paul (Pavlov) of Sydney|Paul (Pavlov)]] then Bishop of Stuttgart and Southern Germany. He was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] in the summer of 1975, and a [[hieromonk]] three days later by Abp. Paul. Hieromonk Mark was appointed Deputy [[Rector]] of the Russian church in Wiesbaden, Germany. In 1976, he was elevated to the rank of [[archimandrite]].
In 1980, he was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] bishop, and was installed as the (ROCOR) Bishop of Munich and Southern Germany. In 1982, he was assigned as Bishop of Berlin and All Germany, succeeding Abp. Paul (Pavlov). In the mid-1980's, he was appointed Ruling Bishop of the [[Diocese]] of Great Britain and [[Rector]] of St Alexander Nevsky Parish in Copenhagen. In 1990, he was elevated to the rank of [[Archbishop]]. In 1997, he was also appointed Overseer of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem.
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before=?[[Paul (Pavlov) of Sydney|Paul (Pavlov)]]|
title=Bishop of Stuttgart (ROCOR)|
years= 1980-1982|
after=?[[Agapit (Gorachek) of Stuttgart|Agapit (Gorachek)]]}}
before=[[Paul (Pavlov) of Sydney|Paul (Pavlov)]]—|
title=Bishop of Berlin, Germany and of Great Britain<br>(ROCOR)|
years= 1982-Present|
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==External Links==
[[Category: Bishops]]
[[Category:20th-21st-century bishops]]
[[Category: Bishops of Stuttgart]]
[[Category: Bishops of Berlin]]

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