Thirty-two years ago, Patriarch Daniel of Romania was ordained to the episcopate at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Timisoara.
Patriarch Daniel, sixth leader of the Romanian Orthodox Church, was born on July 22, 1951 in the village of Dobreşti, Bara commune, Timiş county, as the third child of teacher Alexie and his wife Stela Ciobotea.
Between 1974 and 1976 he completed a doctorate. course at the Orthodox Theological Institute in Bucharest, under the direction of Professor Dumitru Stăniloae. He continued his studies abroad at the Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Human Sciences in Strasbourg, France, and at the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg-Brisgau, Germany.
On June 15, 1979, he defended his doctoral thesis at the University of Strasbourg, entitled: Reflection and Christian life today. Essay on the relationship between theology and spirituality. The thesis was prepared under the direction of two famous French professors: Gérard Ziegwald and André Benoît.
In 1987 he entered monastic life at Sihăstria Monastery, Neamţ County, receiving the name Daniel under the mantle of Elder Cleopas Ilie. He was ordained a diaconate on August 14, 1987 and ordained a priest the following day.
On March 4, 1990, he was ordained Assistant Bishop of the Archdiocese of Timişoara, with the title of Bishop of Lugoj. On June 7, 1990, he was elected Archbishop of Iaşi and Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina. His induction ceremony took place the following month.
On September 12, 2007, the Church’s Electoral College elected Metropolitan Daniel as Archbishop of Bucharest, Metropolitan of Muntenia and Dobrudja, Locum Tenens from the throne of Caesarea in Cappadocia, and Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church.
The Patriarch’s enthronement ceremony took place on Sunday, September 30, 2007, the feast of Saint Gregory the Scout of Great Armenia, at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest.
The construction of the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral, the national ideal that Patriarch Daniel received from his predecessors, is a landmark among Patriarch Daniel’s achievements.
The new National Cathedral in Bucharest is the crown of dozens of other major projects, including the canonization of dozens of Romanian saints, the creation of four dioceses for Romanians abroad, the investment of more than 200 million euros in social and philanthropic activities, the creation of the Basilica Media Center and many others.
The exceptional theological and pastoral views of Patriarch Daniel were manifested during the Holy and Great Council of Crete. He upheld the principle of conciliarity as a canonical norm at the pan-Orthodox level.