Diocese of Chișinău

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For the Roman Catholic entity, see Roman Catholic Diocese of Chişinău.

The Diocese of Chișinău is an eparchy or diocese of the Moldovan Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate with its seat in the capital city of Moldova, Chișinău.


Prior to 1812 the Orthodox Church in eastern Moldavia or Bessarabia, modern day Moldova, was part of the Church of Constantinople, after the late 14th century belonging to the jurisdiction of the Metropolitans of Moldavia. Following the annexation of Bessarabia by the Russian Empire in 1812 the Russian Orthodox Church established the Eparchy of Chişinău and Khotin under Metropolitan Gavril (Bănulescu-Bodoni) to care for the region's Orthodox Christians.

The Eparchy of Chişinău and Khotin remained part of the Russian Orthodox Church until Bessarabia's union with Romania in 1918, after which the Romanian Orthodox Church established jurisdiction over the territory following the expulsion of the then Archbishop of Chişinău, Anastasius (Gribanovsky), and reorganized the Eparchy as the Metropolia of Chişinău and Bessarabia. The former Russian Orthodox eparchy remained under the jurisdiction of the Church of Romania until 1940, after which it was united to the Moscow Patriarchate following the annexation of Bessarabia by the Soviet Union.

Following Moldovan independence from the USSR the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church granted the Church's eparchies in Moldova autonomy as the Moldovan Orthodox Church, with Archbishop Vladimir (Cantarean) of Chişinău becoming first hierarch of the Church of Moldova as Metropolitan of Chişinău and All Moldova.

Eparchy today[edit]

As of 2010 the Eparchy consisted of 610 parishes, 24 monasteries, and 5 sketes served by 730 full-time priests and 60 deacons. It continues to be led by Metropolitan Vladimir (Cantarean).

Bishops of Chișinău[edit]

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