Gabriel of Komana

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Gabriel of Komana
Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe
Installed 2003
Term ended 2013
Predecessor Serge Konovalov
Successor Job Getcha
Orders
Ordination June 27 1976
Consecration June 24 2001
Personal details
Birth name Guido de Vylder
Born (1946-06-13)June 13, 1946
Lokeren, Belgium
Died October 26, 2013(2013-10-26) (aged 67)
Maastricht, Netherlands

Gabriel of Komana (born Guido de Vylder, June 13, 1946 – October 26, 2013) was an Eastern Orthodox archbishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate who led the Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe from 2003 to 2013.

Born in Lokeren, Belgium, to a Catholic Flemish family, he studied philosophy and theology until 1974, afterwards obtaining his diploma in moral and religious studies at the University of Leuven. During this time he was introduced to Orthodox Christianity at the parish of St. Andrew in Ghent, becoming Orthodox in January 1974.

Ordained deacon on 5 October 1975 by Archbishop George Tarassov at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Paris, he was ordained a celibate priest on 27 June 1976 at the same cathedral. In 1977 he was assigned as priest of the parish in Maastricht. He was also active in the foundation of Orthodox communities at Deventer, Breda and Antwerp. In 1992 he was appointed rector of the parish in Liege, Belgium. In 1998 he was additionally appointed rector of the parish of Maastricht.[1]

Having taken monastic vows in 1994, he was elected and consecrated an auxiliary bishop of the exarchate in 2001. From December 2002 he acted as administrator of the exarchate during the final illness of his predecessor Archbishop Serge (Konovaloff). On May 1 2003 he was elected to lead the exarchate. His election was formally confirmed on May 3 the same year. His enthronement took place in the Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky in Paris on June 1 2004.

In January 2013 Archbishop Gabriel retired for health reasons, having been suffering from cancer, and returned to Maastricht. He died there on October 26, 2013.[2]

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