Rev. Andrey Eliseev (Belgium), Bachelor of Theology, Secretary, Delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions in Brussels

Rev. Andrey Eliseev (Belgium), Bachelor of Theology, Secretary, Delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions in Brussels

Bachelor of Theology, Secretary, Delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions in Brussels

Biography:

Priest Andrey Eliseev he was baptized in Moscow in 1990 and in 1991 he completed one academic year in “Russian Theological College” (1991/1992).

In 1992-1996 he was a student of the theological-pastoral faculty of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Institute in Moscow (presently St.Tikhon’ Orthodox Humanitarian University). He graduated from St. Tikhon's as bachelor of Religious Studies.
Currently he is a rector of the Russian Orthodox parish in Antwerp, Belgium.
In 1996 he was a student of the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland and the “Institut de Th?ologie Orthodoxe d'Etudes Sup?rieures” located at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in Chamb?sy, Geneva University and Fribourg University (Switzerland).

In 1999-2004 he continued his work at the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate as a staff-member of the Secretariat for Inter-Christian Relations, under the leadership of Hegumen Hilarion Alfeyev, now Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. At the Secretariat he was responsible for the relations with International Christian Organizations.

In 2001 he was ordained deacon and than a priest by Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, now Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, then he became a deacon and parish priest of The Holy Trinity church in Horoshevo, Moscow. In 2002-2004 he was a parish priest of St. Catherine’s church in Moscow (also the Representation of the Orthodox Church in America to the Moscow Patriarchate).
He was appointed a member of the WCC Central Committee delegated from the Russian Orthodox Church. In 2004-2008 he was a member of the Commission ‘Churches in Dialogue’ of the Conference of European Churches.

In 2009 by the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church he was appointed a Secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate’s  Representation to the European Union.