Orthodox Archdiocese of Classis
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The Orthodox Archdiocese of St. Julius Island and Classis was established from the Patriarchate of Kiev in December 1st - 1995 and Vladyka Volodymir was the first Bishop consecrate in Western Europe under the Omophor of His Holiness Patriarch Filaret.
“Upon his consecration in December 19th 1995, Bishop Vladimir became the bishop of St. Julius Island within the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Patriarchate of Kiev under the Jurisdiction and the Omophorion of His Holiness Patriarch Filaret.
The Diocese of St. Julius Island was established from the Patriarchate of Kiev in December 1st - 1995 and Vladyka Volodymir was the first Bishop consecrate in Western Europe under the Omophor of His Holiness Patriarch Filaret.
With the establishment of full communion between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kiev Patriarchate and the Holy Synod of Milan in 1989, the ecclesiology of Archbishop Evloghios became manifestly Moderate. He was in full communion with Metropolitan Mstyslav (after First Patriarch of All Ukraine), manifestly ecumenist that was in full communion with Holy See Constantinople. Then Metropolitan Evloghios was in full communion with the historical Metropolitan Ioan Bornachuk of Lviv, right hand of Patriarch Mstyslav and after with Patriarch Volodymir of [Kiev] (second Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Andrew). For five years the western bishops were full members of the Kievan Patriarchate.
In 1989 Archbishop Evloghios was in full communion with Metropolitan Mstyslav, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Exile. Metropolitan Mstyslav at that time was in full communion with Patriarch Demetrios I and Bartholomew I of Constantinople.
In 1992, Metropolitan Ioan Bornachuk of Lviv, assured Metropolitan Evloghios about the full communion between the two churches that is Ukranian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine and Autonomous Orthodox Church of Milan, Western Europe and Canada.
In October 1993 Metropolitan Evloghios, as Primate of the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of Milan and Western Europe, was invited, as First Hierarch in full communion with the Ukranian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A., to participate at the sobor in Kiev for the election of the second Patriarch after Mstyslav.
On November 18, 1993, is confirmed by the Patriarch Volodimir the full right of Metropolitan Evloghios to be part of the Holy Synod of the Ukranian Orthodox Church - Kievan Patriarchate. On March 20, 1994 Metropolitan Evloghios, receives from the hands of Patriarch Volodimir the Tomos of Autonomy under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Kiev. From this date all the episcopal consecrations done in Western europe became fully part of the Ukranian Orthodox Church - Patriarchate of Kiev. The status of "autonomy" of the western episcopate was directly proportional to total fidelity to the Patriarch of Kiev.
The title reconfirmed by Patriarch Volodymir through a new Tomos of Autonomy (1994) is: Metropolitan of Milan and Longobardy, Western Europe and Canada.
On December 1995, after after one month from the enthronization of His Holiness Patriarch Filaret, Metropolitan Evloghios of Milan, with Metropolitan VIGHILIJ of Paris and Bishop Vassilij od Ostia, consecrated the Archimandrite Volodymir of St. Ambrose Monastery in Milanas (presented to Patriarch Filaret during his election in Kiev) Bishop of St. Julius Island.
1996 - Archbishop Evloghij with Bishop Volodymir and Bishop Vassilij, ordained to the Episcopate Bishop Michell Laroche of Lion (now Metropolitan Michel (Laroche) of Paris.
On December 25, 1996 Patriarch Filaret intimate with a letter sent to the Canadian episcopate, Metropolitan Evloghios not accept American bishops under his omoforion (British island). -
in 23 febbruary 1997, Patriarch Filaret ceased communion with Metropolitan Evloghios.
Some bishops remain in the Mother Church of Kiev (Bishop Michell), the others remained in communion with Metropolitan Evloghios (Bishop Volodymir of St. Julius Island and Bishop Vassilj).
In that time, Metropolitan Vighilij of Paris (who ordained Bishop Volodymir) died.
The Orthodox Archdiocese of St. Julius Island and Classis was re-established by the Holy Orthodox Synod of Milan on November 2, 2013 (Protocol number 643/a part 1 and part 2), and was attached to Orthodox Archdiocese of St. Julius Island (Protocol. number 641 and 643/b); which itself was founded on December 19, 1995 under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Kiev ( – Prot. Numb. 164/1995).