Daniel of Erie

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Bishop Daniel
Bishop of Erie
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Church Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR)
Ordination august 1965
Consecration August 14, 1988
Personal details
Birth name Dmitry Borisovich Alexandrov
Born (1930-09-15)September 15, 1930
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died April 26, 2010(2010-04-26) (aged 79)
Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Daniel Alexandrov (born Dmitry Borisovich Alexandrov, Дмитрий Борисович Александров; September 15, 1930 – April 26, 2010) was an American Russian Orthodox bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.[1]


He was born in 1930 in Odessa, Soviet Union. Due to anti-Communist family connections, Dmitry's father, Boris Alexandrov, decided to move the family to Zlatoust in the Ural Mountains in 1938. Within just a few months of the move, Boris was arrested and disappeared; it was later found out he was executed. Mrs. Alexandrov then moved her family back to Odessa.

In 1944 they left westward with the fleeing German Army, and within two years found themselves living in the Alps. Thanks to family in the United States, the Alexandrovs were able to emigrate to America, and came to New York in 1949. From 1952 to 1958, Dmitry studied at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary (Jordanville, New York), finishing with the first graduating class, along with the future Metropolitan Laurus (Škurla).

From his early years, Dmitry Borisovich was interested in the pre-Nikonian "Old Rite" of the Russian Orthodox Church, and decided to work toward somehow healing the schism of the Old Believers.

In August 1965, he was ordained deacon, and soon afterwards, priest.

In 1988, he received the monastic tonsure and the new name of Daniel. On August 13, 1988, Hieromonk Daniel was consecrated a vicar bishop for the Diocese of Eastern America, with the title "Bishop of Erie, Pennsylvania, Defender of the Old Rite". The Church of the Nativity is his Cathedra, whose congregation he played an integral role in reuniting with the Russian Orthodox Church. He was temporary administrator of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand from 1995 to 1996.

Bishop Daniel died on April 26, 2010.[2]