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Eleutherius (Kozorez) of Chimkent

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His Eminence Archbishop '''Eleutherius (Kozorez) of Chimkent and Akmola''' is the ruling [[bishop]] of the [[Eparchy of Pavlodar]], which is one of the constituent [[diocese|dioceses]] s of the [[Russian Orthodox Church|Russian Orthodox Church's]] [[Metropolia of Kazakhstan]].
==Life==
Archbishop Eleutherius was born on [[September]] 17 September , 1955 as Yuriy Feofanovich Kozorez in the Rovno region of the Ukrainian SSR. In 1979 he entered the [[Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary|Moscow Theological Seminary]], graduating in 1984. In 1985 , Yuriy was [[ordination|ordained ]] a [[deacon ]] and then a [[priest ]] and appointed to serve in St. Nicholas' Cathedral in Alma-Ata in the Kazakh SSR. In 1987 , Fr. Yuriy was tonsured [[tonsure]]d a [[monk ]] as Eleutherius and in 1988 elevated to the rank of [[igumen]].
In February 1991 , Fr. Eleutherius was elevated to the rank of [[archimandrite ]] and consecrated Bishop of Chimkent and Tselinograd, with his title changing in 1993 to reflect the change in the name of his diocese. Between 2002 and 2003 Bishop Eleutherius administered the [[Eparchy of Astana and Almaty]] and in 2004 was elevated to the rank of [[archbishop]].
==External Linklink==
*[http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/1291966.html Bishop Varnava of Pavlodar and Ust-Kamenogorsk] (Moscow Patriarchate)
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