His Eminence Hilarion
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad
On December 10, 1984, His Eminence Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky, +1985) and nine other bishops officiated at the consecration of Hieromonk Hilarion to the episcopacy. As Bishop of Manhattan, His Grace was also responsible for the parishes of Pennsylvania, and was also appointed the Deputy Secretary of the Synod of Bishops by the Council of Bishops. Ten years later, thanks to the archpastoral efforts of Bishop Hilarion, the number of parishes in the Eastern American Diocese grew to 64. Visiting parish after parish, Vladyka drew the love and respect of all those who met him. Holding a position of responsibility in the administrative center of the Church Abroad, Vladyka Hilaron was also an active participant in the main events of its history. In 1995, Bishop Hilarion was given the title Bishop of Washington as he continued to live in New York, but due to problems in the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand after the retirement of the ailing Archbishop Paul (Pavlov), and in recognition of his exception pastoral talents, Vladyka Hilarion was elevated to the rank of archbishop and appointed Ruling Bishop of the Diocese of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2003, Vladyka Hilarion was awarded the right to wear the diamond cross. During the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in 2006, he was appointed First Deputy President of the Synod of Bishops. On March 16, 2008, the very day of the repose of His Eminence, Metropolitan Laurus, Archbishop Hilarion was appointed Temporary President of Synod of Bishops and of the electoral commission tasked with preparing for the Sobor of Bishops. There His Eminence was elected First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad on May 12. On May 18, 2008, Metropolitan Hilarion was enthroned in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign.
His Grace Nicholas Bishop of Manhattan
Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese
Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov
Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, after receiving a degree in engineering, proceeded to complete his theological studies at Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, New York. In 1963, after being ordained to the diaconate by St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, and – four years later – to the priesthood by Metropolitan Philaret, Fr. Valery was assigned as rector of St. Alexander Nevsky Church, Lakewood, New Jersey. He dedicated his life to enriching the parish by erecting a beautiful cathedral, which has since become the seat of the Eastern American Diocese, and he continues to serve there as rector emeritus since his retirement. Throughout his fifty years of service to the Church and the spiritual needs of its people, Fr. Valery directed the schooling of children, lectured extensively at Church assemblies and celebrations, as well as pastoral and youth conferences. He has held many administrative positions in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, including a year heading the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem.
Archpriest Serge Lukianov
Archpriest Serge Lukianov completed his theological degree at Holy Trinity Seminary, in Jordanville, New York. In addition to serving as the administrator of the St. Alexander Nevsky Parish in Howell, NJ, and rector of the New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia Church in Brooklyn, NY, Fr. Serge holds the position of Diocesan Secretary on the diocesan council of the Eastern American Diocese, ROCOR. On Saturdays he serves as director of the St. Alexander Nevsky Parish School, and teaches Law of God courses to the students.
Archpriest Boris Slootsky
Archpriest Seraphim Chemodakov
Protodeacon Nicholas Lukianov
Protodeacon Leonid Roschko
Protodeacon Paul Drozdowski