Who is my bishop?
Metropolitan Agafangel Pashkovsky
His Eminence Agafangel, Bishop of Taurida and Odessa; ruling bishop of the Odessa diocese, ruling authority of the South American and Zaporozhskoye diocese; Chairman of the ROCOR PSCA.
Mikhaylovskaya Square 1, Odessa, 65005, Ukraine.
Tel: (048)7311203, 7334464.
His Eminence Agafangel (born Mikhail Ivanovich Pashkovskiy) was born on November 22, 1956, in Odessa (Ukraine) and is Ukrainian. He graduated from the Odessa Pedagogical Institute. He was tonsured a monk on August 31, 1991, with the name Agafangel in honor of St. Agafangel (Preobrazhenskiy) the Confessor, the Metropolitan of Yaroslav (celebrated on October 16, N.C.). He was ordained a deacon on September 1, 1991, and a priest on September 8, 1991, in Moscow in the Catacomb church of the Holy New Martyrs of Russia by Lazarus (Zhurbenko) (ROCOR), Archbishop of Tambov and Morshansk. In 1992, he was able to take possession of the Sts. Nicholas and Ariadna church in Odessa (now known as the Church of St. John of Kronstadt) for our jurisdiction and was the parish priest from that time on. On March 27, 1994, in the Emperor Constantine cathedral in Suszdal, he was ordained and made the Bishop of Simferopol. From 1996, he was Bishop of Simferopol and Crimea. At some point he joined ROAC, but then repented of that and returned to ROCOR and served a penance. From December 17, 2003, he was the Bishop of Taurida and Odessa. On July 10, 2007, he was elected Chairman of the ROCOR PSCA.