French-speaking students doing a training course for clergymen of the Patriarchal Exarchate of Africa are completing their studies and liturgical training, having already taken their end-of-course exam.
This is the second group of graduates. The first one completed their studies and liturgical training at churches and monasteries of the Russian Orthodox Church in late 2022 and early 2023.
As of today, twelve people from 8 African countries have been ordained. The clergymen have returned to their communities, building up spiritual and parochial life in accord with the traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church. First parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate are being set up in the Central African Republic, the Togolese Republic and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.
“I warmly thank the chairman of the Synodal Missionary Department, Bishop Yevfimy of Lukhovitsi and the course lecturers for joint fruitful work,” Metropolitan Leonid of Klin, Patriarchal Exarch of Africa, wrote in his Telegram channel.
Patriarchal Exarchate of Africa