Vladimir (Roman) of Classis and St. Julius Island
Vladyka Vladimir (secular name Maurice Roman ), was born in Milan in 1962. He is an Archeologist by background, having studied the History of Classical Antiquity, Archeology, Byzantine History and History of the Church. He wrote his dissertation in Byzantine Canon and Civil Law at the Institute of Byzantine History (Dafist) at a prestigious Italian university
He was tonsured rasophore monk in 1984 than lector, subdeacon - later in 1985 was ordained deacon and priest as Hieromonk (by Bishop Evloghij of Milan), later in 1992 he became Hegumen, in 1993 Kathegumen and in 1995 Archimandrite.
Metropolita Evloghios consecrated Vladika Vladimir as bishop of St. Julius Island (in Orta San Giulio) with Archbishop Vigile of Paris and Bishop Vassilij of Osta.
He was consecrated bishop on 6 December o.s./19 December n.s. 1995, Feast of St. Nicholas in the Cathedral of Milan, by Archbishop Evloghij, Archbishop Vigil of Paris and Bishop Vassilij of Ostia under the jurisdiction of the Autonomous Orthodox Church of Milan, Western Europe and Canada - Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate. Archbishop Lazar (Puhalo) of Ottawa, who knew him in Kiev, sent as member of the Holy Synod of Autonomous Orthodox Church of Milan, Western Europe and Canada (Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate) his agreement for the consecration. Vladyka Vladimir was in the same Holy Synod with Vladyka Lazar (Puhalo) of Ottawa and Vladyka Varlaam (Novakshonoff) of Vancouver, consecrated by Metropolitan Evloghios under his Omophor as the Head of the Autonomous Orthodox Church of Milan, Western Europe and Canada - Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate on 19 September / 2 October 1994 (See the Grammata at the end of the page ).
In 2004 he left his mother Church and went to another jurisdiction. He later repented and was readmitted to the Holy Synod of Milan with penance which included a forced retirement. There he remained until June of 2013 as a retired bishop by will of the Holy Synod of Milan. After years of retired life and study, the Holy Synod of Milan reconsidered his position and accepted the request of Vladyka Vladimir to return to the status of an active bishop no longer in forced retirement.
In Saturday september 1, 2013 (old style)- beginning of the church's years, Bishop Vladmir is promoted to the title of Bishop of Civitas Classis and St. Julius Island.
In Sunday september 2, 2013 (old style), Vladyka Vladimir was promoted to the rank of Archbishop of Classis-Ravenna and St. Julius Island.
Vladyka Vladimir is responsible for the Holy Synod of Milan's review of academic books of Eastern Canon Law, Byzantine History and id the Head of the DEPARTMENT FOR EXTERNAL CHURCH RELATION of The Holy Synod of Milan.