Илья Владимирович Ганаба
|Church||Russian Orthodox Church|
|Metropolis||Patriarchal Exarchate in Western Europe (Moscow Patriarchate)|
|Diocese||Diocese of The Hague and the Netherlands|
|Appointed||Bishop of the Diocese of Sourozh: 27 December 2007|
Bishop of the Diocese of The Hague and the Netherlands: 28 December 2017
|Predecessor||Bishop of the Diocese of Sourozh: Basil Osborne|
Primate of the Diocese of The Hague and the Netherlands: ?
|Successor||Bishop of the Diocese of Sourozh: Matthew (Andreev)|
|Ordination||26 Novembe 2006|
|Birth name||Ilya Vladimirovich Ganaba|
|Born||August 1, 1962|
Leningrad, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, USSR
Archbishop Elisey (Russian: Архиепископ Елисей, secular name Ilya Vladimirovich Ganaba, Russian: Илья Владимирович Ганаба; 1 August 1962, Leningrad, USSR) is the archbishop of the diocese of The Hague and the Netherlands of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). His monastic name, "Elisey", is the equivalent of the Latin Eliseus and the English Elisha.
During 2007-2017, he served as primate of the Diocese of Sourozh in Great Britain and Ireland.
Ilya Ganaba was born on August 1, 1962 in Leningrad, RSFSR, Soviet Union (modern day Saint Petersburg, Russia). His father, Vladimir Ganaba (b. 1934), was an archdeacon at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Podolsk in the Moscow Oblast. Later, his older brother, Alexander Ganaba (b. 1957), became an archpriest and dean at the same cathedral.
In 1971, Ilya Ganaba moved with his parents to Penza. There, he attended school, graduating from high school in 1979. He also served as an episcopal subdeacon at the altar and sang in the choir of the Dormition Cathedral in Penza.
Seminary and ordination
In 1980 Ilya Ganaba entered the Leningrad Theological Seminary, now the Saint Petersburg Theological Academy. In 1982 he was accepted into the Leningrad Theological Academy, where on 17 November 1985, he took monastic vows and was given the name of Elisey in honor of St. Elisha. On November 22, 1985, he was ordained hierodeacon and on January 18, 1986, he was ordained hieromonk. On June 20, 1987, he joined the brotherhood of St. Daniel Monastery in Moscow. In 1988 he completed his postgraduate studies at the Moscow Theological Academy.
On January 20, 1994, he was appointed head of Foreign Institutions Sector of the Department for External Church Relations of the ROC. During the Easter holiday of 1997, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad raised Elisey to the rank of archimandrite.
On March 12, 2002 he was appointed Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, leaving his post of representative of the Moscow Patriarchate at the Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East in Damascus.
On August 28, 2006 he greeted the First Hierarch of ROCOR, metropolitan Laurus, at the Moscow Patriarchate Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem and gave him a tour of the Cathedral's holy items. Archimadrite Elisey called the visit to Holy Trinity Cathedral a symbol of the inner unity of the children of both parts of the Russian Orthodox Church and expressed joy that the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia prayed at the holy places of the Cathedral.
On October 6, 2006, by the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, Archimandrite Elisey was determined to be vicar of the Diocese of Chersonesus with the title of "Bishop of Bogorodsk", with the task of administering the Diocese of Sourozh and relieving the head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem.
Ordination as bishop and primate of the Diocese of Sourozh
On November 26, 2006 he was ordained Bishop.
Sourozhsphere.net wrote: "During the years of service of Vladyka Elisey, the diocese became a strong family and not some isolated national church, but a real international symbol of Russian Orthodoxy in Western Europe. Thanks to the wisdom and competent management, the diocese made friends from other Christian denominations and created strong ties with the Royal family of Great Britain."
Primate of the Diocese of The Hague
On 28 December 2017, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church expressed its gratitude to Archbishop Elisey for his labours in building up church life in the Diocese of Sourozh and gave him a new position of service as primate of the Diocese of The Hague and the Netherlands of the Russian Orthodox Church. On 31 December 2017, Archbishop Elisey celebrated the Divine Liturgy with Bishop Matthew of Sourozh in the Dormition Cathedral, London. Archbishop Elisey then bid farewell to the parishioners of the Dormition Cathedral.
- Order of Friendship (11 August 2000) "for a great contribution to the strengthening of the civil peace and the revival of spiritual and moral traditions"
- Rwandan Royal Family: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Drum (29/06/2016).
- "Елисей, архиепископ Гаагский и Нидерландский (Ганаба Илья Владимирович) / Персоналии / Патриархия.ru". Патриархия.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-04-30.
- "Заседание Священного Синода 7 октября 2000 г. : Русская Православная Церковь". mospat.ru. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
- "Concelebration of Archbishop Elisey and Bishop Matthew - News and Announcements - Diocese of Sourozh". www.sourozh.org. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
- Eastern Churches Journal. Society of Saint John Chrysostom. 2002. p. 215.
- "Metropolitan Laurus, Archbishop Mark and the Delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Delegation Visit Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Mission of the Moscow Patriarchate". www.synod.com. 28 August 2006. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
- "ЖУРНАЛЫ заседаний Священного Синода Русской Православной Церкви (6 октября 2006 года) / Официальные документы / Патриархия.ru". Патриархия.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-04-30.
- "Святейший Патриарх совершил в храме Христа Спасителя Божественную литургию и хиротонию архимандрита Елисея (Ганабы) во епископа Богородского / Новости / Патриархия.ru". Патриархия.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-04-30.
- "ЖУРНАЛЫ заседания Священного Синода Русской Православной Церкви от 27 декабря 2007 года / Официальные документы / Патриархия.ru". Патриархия.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-04-30.
- "Святейший Патриарх Кирилл удостоил иерархических наград ряд архиереев Русской Православной Церкви / Новости / Патриархия.ru". Патриархия.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-04-30.
- "Elisey Archbishop of the Hague and the Netherlands". Mediaportal Sourozh Sphere. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
- "Bishop Matthew is appointed Ruling Bishop of the Diocese of Sourozh - News and Announcements - Diocese of Sourozh". www.sourozh.org. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
- "Concelebration of Archbishop Elisey and Bishop Matthew - News and Announcements - Diocese of Sourozh". www.sourozh.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
- "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 11 августа 2000 года № 1491 «О награждении государственными наградами Российской Федерации»". kremlin.ru. Retrieved 2016-08-06.
- Administrator, King Yuhi VI. "The Royal Trip to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - June 29 Part III - H.M. Yuhi VI". royalhouseofrwanda.org. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
|Eastern Orthodox Church titles|
| Bishop of Sourozh
(Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sourozh)
27 December 2007–28 December 2017
| Bishop of The Hague and the Netherlands
(Diocese of The Hague and the Netherlands)
28 December 2017–