Daniel (Ciobotea) of Romania

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Daniel Ciobotea is the Metropolitan of Moldova and Bukovina, part of the Romanian Orthodox Church and interim Patriarch of Romania.


His Eminence Doctor Daniel Ciobotea was born on the 22nd of July, 1951 in the village of Dobreşti, Bara Commune, Timiş County, as the 3rd son in the family of teacher Alexie and Stela Ciobotea.

He followed the Primary School in his home village (1958 - 1962) and the Gymnasium in Lăpuşnic village (1962 - 1966), Timiş County. In 1966 he begins the High School courses in Buziaş, which he then continues in Lugoj, at the "Coriolan Brediceanu" High School (1967 - 1970).

After passing his Baccalaureate exam, he then joins the Universitary Theological Institute in Sibiu (1970 - 1974), where he obtains the License Diploma in Theology at the discipline New Testament.

During the period 1974 - 1976 he follows the Doctorate courses at the Universitary Theological Institute in Bucharest, Systematic Section, under the suppervision of Priest Proffesor Doctor Dumitru Stăniloae; he continues his studies over the seas: two years at the Protestant Theology Faculty of the University of Human Studies in Strasbourg and another two years at the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Theology Faculty.

On the 15th of June, 1979 he sustains his Doctorate Thesis at the Protestant Theology Faculty in Strasbourg, intitled: "Réflexion et vie chrétiennes aujourd'hui. Essai sur le rapport entre la théologie et la spiritualité, VII ^ 424 p." (Christian refflection and life today. Essay on the report between theology and spirituality, VII ^ 424 pgs.) The Thesis has been prepared under the suppervision of two well-known french proffesors: Gerard Ziegwald and André Benoit and it has received the maximum qualificative. Thus he becomes Doctor of the Strasbourg University.

A more developed forme of this Thesis was prepared under the guidance of his mentor, Father Dumitru Stăniloae and it was sustained on the 31st of October 1980 at the Universitary Theological Institute in Bucharest under the title: "Teologie şi spiritualitate creştină. Raportul dintre ele şi situaţia actuală" (Theology and Christian spirituality. The report between them and the current situation).

By passing the oral exam and by sustaining the Thesis, Doctorand Dan - Ilie Ciobotea was declared Doctor in Othodox Theology, obtaining maximum pointage.

In 1987 he enters the monachism in the Sihăstria Monastery under the name Daniel, having as "monachal godfather" the famous Father Cleopa Ilie.

Offices and Honors

1980 - 1988 - Lector at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Geneva and associated proffesor in Geneva and Fribourg, Switzerland;

1988 - Patriarchal Counselor, Director of the Sector of Contemporan Theology and Ecumenical Dialogue;

1988 - Conferent at the Catheder of Christian Mission of the Ecumenical Institute in Bucharest;

1990 (March) - elected and ordained Vicarius Bishop of the Archbishopric of Timişоаra;

1990 (June) - elected as Archbishop of Iaşi and Metropolitan of Moldova and Bukovina;

since 1992 - Theology proffesor at the Orthodox Teology Faculty "Dumitru Stăniloae" of the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University in Iaşi;

Representant of the National Synodal Commission for Religious Education Bucharest;

President of the Theology and Liturgics Commission of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church

Honor Member of the National Commission for Historical Monuments Bucharest;

Member of the Central and Executive Committee of the Ecumenical Council of Curches (Geneva, 1991 - 1998);

Member of the Presidium of Superior and Central Committee of the European Church Conference (since 1990);

Vicepresident of the Second General Meeting of the European Churches Conference (Graz, 1997);

Full-rights Member of the International Academy of Religious Sciences in Bruxelles (200).