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Interview with Bishop Daniil of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese

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AFR podcaster Fr. Josiah Trenham serves as a member of the Secretariat of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. He was commissioned by that body to conduct interviews with each of the Hierarchs in the Assembly of Bishops over the course of the next year.

Ancient Faith Radio and patristic nectar publicationspresent the arena Sunday homilies and theological reflections with Father Josiah trenam. Father Josiahis the pastor of Saint Andrew Orthodox Christian Church in Riverside, California. Heis also the founder of patristic nectar publications, a non profit organization committed to nourishingthis spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. As amember of the Secretariat of the assembly of Canonical Orthodox bishops of North and CentralAmerica, Father Josiah has been tasked to conduct interviews with each of the Orthodoxhierarchs of America over the course of the coming year. These interviews provide aforum for each Orthodox Bishop in America to share his understanding of, and visionfor the exciting work of the assembly of Orthodox bishops. These interviews of themore than fifty Orthodox Bishops will be available here at the arena on ancient faithradio, as well as directly at the website of the assembly of Canonical Orthodoxbishops at W W W dot assembly of Bishops Dot Org. That's W WW dot assembly of Bishops Dot Org. And now the interview. It isa joy and a blessing to be able to interview His grace, Bishop Danielof the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. His grace was born in nineteen seventy two inBulgaria. He studied at the English language school in his native hometown. Slowlyon, he was tontured into monasticism on the seventh of August in Nineteen Ninetynine, at the monastery of Saint George in the southwestern portion of Bulgaria.He graduated from the Theological Faculty of the Sophia University St Clement of oakred andtwo thousand and two. At the time he was a HIERRODEACON. In twothousand and four, he was ordained as a Hiero monk by His Eminence,Metropolitan Nathaniel of Nevrocope. He was elevated to Arcamandrate the following year and onJanuary the twentieth two thousand and eight, he was consecrated by the holy synateof the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to the Holy Episcopacy and was made a vicar bishopat that time by the decision of the holy synate. In two thousand andten, he was assigned vicar bishop of the Metropolitan of the Bulgarian eastern OrthodoxDicese. Of the United States, Canada and Australia, and has been fulfillingthat holy obedience since September two thousand and eleven. Your grace, thank youfor entertaining this inner of view. Thank you. Say Your guys, wouldyou describe your perception of the ethos of the assembly of Bishops that you justattended? What were your impressions of the meeting? Well, this was myfirst and thinking of a meeting of the Bishop's Assembly, and my first impressionof the atmosphere of the meeting was that I am among brothers, hearers,responsible towards the position in the church and responsible towards one another. It isimportant that the establishment and the convening the assembly is according to the will ofthe mother churches and their decision, and...

...so we convene according to this commonwill to be one, and this oneness of the spirit could be seeing inthe work, in the working sessions and afterwards in unofficial meetings between us.Every no single meth which was brought for discussion was left without attention. Viewscould be shared and every single view again was discussed tested until certain agreement wasreached it, if not about concrete solution, given problems, agreement on the way, on the method of reaching a certain solution. So the what youfelt that the unity and the togetherness, the oneness of the bishops was probable. It was obvious. Yes, it could be seen in the in thevery work, broadly atmosphere, peaceful discussions and the results that we have showedthat there was such unity that we were guided and there was spirit of unityamong us. Your grace, what was the focus of this third assembly ofBishops? What did you find significant in the work of the assembly? Thefocus of the working sessions of the assembly was a thing on two main issues. They would acceptance of Bible, the Assembly and presentation, and the workand reflections on the work of the committee for Canonical Regional Planning. And Ithink one thing also very important was that we gathered together on the occasion ofthe fist of the beheading of Saint John The baptist. We out of twoon the health working days, health day, we dedicated to be together on thatfeast together and celebrate that Feast the Divine Liturgy. We but took theholy eucreased and afterwards to get a treat on the commemorial service for the reposeof the victims of the tragedy of September eleven. This was also something veryimportant. So we now have one Bible and the same so that's the same. We can operate. We shared views, because proposals about our future the assembly, and we experienced, we manifested, that we are one, weird together, and our unity comes from that,...

...that we are gathered by or JesusChrist, that we are members of his church. Your grace, inthe in these two areas that you mentioned, the discussion and acceptance of by lawsfor the assembly of Bishops and also the work for canonical original planning,did you feel that the the work that was done was was very substantial,that the bishops were able to make, you know, serious decisions that wouldinfluence that the central work of the Assembly for the future? Well, wehave one ground, one basis for the Bible, and this the decision andthe rules of the reconcilier plan, or those confidence attention busy in two thousandand nine, and so we have directions and I think that the Bible followsthe directions and it is a one page on our way towards our future work, about the discussions, about the proposals of the work of team committee ofthe economical regional planning. It is too early to have some concrete plans.They are not be done. Quite a lot of work respect of researches.But anyway, the discussions and shared views now ta the feed, feedback ofthe mother churches is also one step in our common work. It is onestep on our way in them of your work, your grace. The assemblyof bishops is involved in many works, has thirteen functioning committees and a broadswath of interests that it's trying to accomplish. In Your judgment, what is themost important work of the assembly? Well, the very fact, thevery existence of the assembly. It's already very important because the opportunity all operatingcanonical bishops, Orthodox bishops, in this region of north and Central America,to gather together is the fact of great significance, because the society here especially, which is a predominantly non not orthodox, can see that the patient names withwhich are called up and which is like Antioch, Constantinople, and you'llcan letter churches like bill getting. Historically, the go getting church received such aindependent administratively ruling itself in nine to seven, and the other churches,Russian, Serbian, Romanian. These are...

...not separate churches, but these churchesare one church, because we represent with the representatives of the various jurisdictions.Being together in one assembly, it shows and it already manifests our unity andfrom now on, the common work, the common activities also will show thatunity, that we are one church, and this is something very important.Also. It has the stuff the samely, had the task to propose a planfor overcoming of the canonical anomalies, and this is also one important task. I sense your grace that you felt optimistic about the work of the assembly. What would you say is the greatest obstacle to the six the assembly succeeding? If manifesting our unity as one church and working together to overcome canonical anomaliesis the real important task of the assembly, what would be the greatest obstacle tothat succeeding? I think the greatest obstacle or not succeeding as this isour not knowing each other and not knowing our specific tickilarities, differences, problems, and because knowing these things, then we will have realistic ground on whichthat we can have a registic plans for the future, and all these differences, all these peculiarities of the different jurisdictions not we must have then in mindso that we can our work, can be for the use and for thebenefit for everyone, because principle in the church and processes, when one membersuffering or suffering with him, must suffer with him. This is the principleof love, and so everything must be accounted, every every circumstances of thereality must be accounted so that we have our work before the benefit of everyone. For example, what such what is the present relatives, for example,for our diases? For the last twenty years, at about one million peopleleft Borgary. It is one eighth of the whole population of the country.It left the countiff for this twenty years. And if from our body one orthan one are more length is taken...

...away, our whole body will feeldeficions. And it is the present day reality the Bulgarian church. So theBulgarian church feels its responsibility to take care of all its members who live abroad, who lives in those territories which are those lends, countries which are notcanonical territory of any of the mother churches, and this responsibility is natural and thisis one speculiar in one circumstance, one one reality. Sure so eachbishop in the assembly, especially those bishops from different jurisdictions, have to haveto work hard, motivated by a love that manifests interest in each other,to know the particular reality of each of the other bishops and and his flock. Of course. where, your grace, where did most of the is onemillion Bulgarians go? Well, at about four Hundredzero in the United States. One great part are in western Europe and also Stralia. All these,in all these places there are assemblies, bishops of Canon go or to bishopsand all they live in this territories, all these people who, let go, get it listed in the territories. Some some were in example, example, in Greece. It is our southern neighbor, neighboring country, and sowhat of Bulgarians worked there. But now, with the crees crisis there, theyhad account to Bulgaria either. Think where else they can earn the living. So they're very they're very widely scattered. Yeah, your grace, would youexplain for our listeners what your role is as a member for the onthe committee for canonic original planning. What what do you hope that this committeewill accomplish and what do you think you can do on that committee? Well, the main task of the committee is to come with proposal of a planof to overcome the canonical anomalies. I was assigned two months ago into thiscommittee, so it has subcommittees, makes researches, also to present a mapof the present day state of the church. Here, studies the different sequality secularitiesof how the church is, different churches, different parishes are through finance. Until now, I don't have any specific task as sid but assume mywork is to work together with the other members and such solution. It seemsfrom the focus that this committee received at this last assembly and also at wordsthat last summer the share of the Assembly, His Eminence, archibishop Demetrios, made, that this committee for canonical original...

...planning is really the heart of thework of the assembly. Would you agree with that? Well, as thefinal goal of assembly, as it is like a times of friends with storialbody, is to propose a plan, and this plan is to be proposedby the committee of non corigional planning. It is a very important work,of course, and it is very important. Yes, your grace, the priestsin our nation and much of the lady are becoming educated and aware astime goes on and as the assembly continues to meet, of the assemblies workand they're hearing things. They're hearing interviews like these, the reading communicates fromthe bishops and hearing from their own bishop and they want, I think mostof them, to actively support the assembly. How would you suggest that the clergyand the Laity could actually support the assembly actively? Well, the messagewhich their assembly and issued to all faithful portals, faithful in this region.They that all of us holds on what we have received by our others andbe on our position and a tend with to loan, emphasize on the familyattendance of the services, especially on Sunday services. Well, doing this weare already actively participating in the life of the Church and participating actively in thelife of the church, we cannot be uninvolved in the activities which are endeavoredalso by the boat, by different jurisdictions and also by the assembly, thecommon activities. And already in some places there are conferences of the clergy indifferent local places. Even there is a tradition, as we understand, aswe had at the assembly, that some place at the worst cause that hereare also gather together here, as from the different juritys and discuss local problemsthere. And there are traditions, as I know, certain brotherhoods, tovisit different monasteries, to stay there for services, and somewhere clergy from onejurisdiction participates in retreat conferences of another jurisdictions, in our jurisdiction, which gets suchexamples. And so this, when we are on our place and livenow a Christian life, we already participate and it's naturally to participate in theactivity, different activities, and already this is one support. Our prayer toour life already is one support, both on the assembly and the church,to the whole. So the contribution that the clergy and Laity can especially makeis by being faithful Orthodox Christians, yes,...

...and and actively participating in their church, of course. How Beautiful Your grace. I thank you for makingthe time to speak to myself and to our listeners who will be hearing thisinterview. I'm wondering if you have any final reflections that you like to offerto our listeners. Well, recently I read one. She has story ofa partitioner of one of the one beauty in parish, beauty woman, convert, woman from protestantism. That how her life became inspired. Her family remainthe same, her job remain the same, her friends remain the same, butsomething in her had occurred, some some change in her head occurred.And if she says, I wake with joy every morning and I need thatthe the challenges of the day with inspiration, with with the support that I haveinside, with this inspiration which I have inside, she received something.And so, in the spirit, this is the important thing in our life, to wake with joy and to rely, to search God's help, to relyon his help for everything in our a day. This is the way, I think, that we can find solution for our problems, for theproblems of our family, the problems of logic, community, out fish,our assembly of bishops. And so let us, let us know that thereis such inspiration given to us. Let us search for it, let it, let us find it, God to give it us, and this isthe more most important thing in our life from which everything else comes. Thankyour grace for that word of encouragement and thank you for making the time andgiving us your love to to set aside this time for us. I askyour prayers. Thank you for that. I'm just saying this. Thank youvery much. Goodbye. Bye. You've been listening to the arena Sunday Hamiiesand theological reflections with Father Josiah trenum. Father Josiah is the pastor of seeingAndrew Orthodox Christian church in Riverside, California. He is also the founder of PatristicNectar Publications, a nonprofit organization committed to nourishing the spiritually thirsty with thesweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. As a member of the Secretariat of theassembly of Canonical Orthodox bishops of North and Central America, Father Josiah has beentasked to conduct interviews with each of the Orthodox hierarchs of America over the courseof the coming year. These interviews provide a forum for each Orthodox Bishop inAmerica to share his understanding of, and vision for the exciting work of theassembly of Orthodox bishops. These interviews of the more than fifty Orthodox Bishops willbe available here at the arena, on ancient faith radio, as well asdirectly at the website of the assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, at www dotassembly of bishops dot Org. That's W...

W W dot assembly of Bishops DotOrg. Until next time,.

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