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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 publications present the arena Sunday homilies and theological reflections with Father Josiah trenam. Father Josiah is the pastor of Saint Andrew Orthodox Christian Church in Riverside, California. He is also the founder of patristic nectar publications, a non profit organization committed to nourishing this spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. As a member of the Secretariat of the assembly of Canonical Orthodox bishops of North and Central America, Father Josiah has been tasked to conduct interviews with each of the Orthodox hierarchs of America over the course of the coming year. These interviews provide a forum for each Orthodox Bishop in America to share his understanding of, and vision for the exciting work of the assembly of Orthodox bishops. These interviews of the more than fifty Orthodox Bishops will be available here at the arena on ancient faith radio, as well as directly at the website of the assembly of Canonical Orthodox bishops at W W W dot assembly of Bishops Dot Org. That's W W W dot assembly of Bishops Dot Org. And now the interview. It is a joy and a blessing to be able to interview His grace, Bishop Daniel of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. His grace was born in nineteen seventy two in Bulgaria. He studied at the English language school in his native hometown. Slowly on, he was tontured into monasticism on the seventh of August in Nineteen Ninety nine, 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 and two thousand and two. At the time he was a HIERRODEACON. In two thousand 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 on January the twentieth two thousand and eight, he was consecrated by the holy synate of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to the Holy Episcopacy and was made a vicar bishop at that time by the decision of the holy synate. In two thousand and ten, he was assigned vicar bishop of the Metropolitan of the Bulgarian eastern Orthodox Dicese. Of the United States, Canada and Australia, and has been fulfilling that holy obedience since September two thousand and eleven. Your grace, thank you for entertaining this inner of view. Thank you. Say Your guys, would you describe your perception of the ethos of the assembly of Bishops that you just attended? What were your impressions of the meeting? Well, this was my first and thinking of a meeting of the Bishop's Assembly, and my first impression of 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 is important that the establishment and the convening the assembly is according to the will of the mother churches and their decision, and...

...so we convene according to this common will to be one, and this oneness of the spirit could be seeing in the 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. Views could be shared and every single view again was discussed tested until certain agreement was reached it, if not about concrete solution, given problems, agreement on the way, on the method of reaching a certain solution. So the what you felt that the unity and the togetherness, the oneness of the bishops was probable. It was obvious. Yes, it could be seen in the in the very work, broadly atmosphere, peaceful discussions and the results that we have showed that there was such unity that we were guided and there was spirit of unity among us. Your grace, what was the focus of this third assembly of Bishops? What did you find significant in the work of the assembly? The focus 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 work and reflections on the work of the committee for Canonical Regional Planning. And I think one thing also very important was that we gathered together on the occasion of the fist of the beheading of Saint John The baptist. We out of two on the health working days, health day, we dedicated to be together on that feast together and celebrate that Feast the Divine Liturgy. We but took the holy eucreased and afterwards to get a treat on the commemorial service for the repose of the victims of the tragedy of September eleven. This was also something very important. 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 Jesus Christ, that we are members of his church. Your grace, in the in these two areas that you mentioned, the discussion and acceptance of by laws for 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 would influence that the central work of the Assembly for the future? Well, we have one ground, one basis for the Bible, and this the decision and the rules of the reconcilier plan, or those confidence attention busy in two thousand and nine, and so we have directions and I think that the Bible follows the 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 of the 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 of the mother churches is also one step in our common work. It is one step on our way in them of your work, your grace. The assembly of bishops is involved in many works, has thirteen functioning committees and a broad swath of interests that it's trying to accomplish. In Your judgment, what is the most important work of the assembly? Well, the very fact, the very existence of the assembly. It's already very important because the opportunity all operating canonical 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 with which are called up and which is like Antioch, Constantinople, and you'll can letter churches like bill getting. Historically, the go getting church received such a independent administratively ruling itself in nine to seven, and the other churches, Russian, Serbian, Romanian. These are...

...not separate churches, but these churches are 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 and from now on, the common work, the common activities also will show that unity, that we are one church, and this is something very important. Also. It has the stuff the samely, had the task to propose a plan for 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 anomalies is the real important task of the assembly, what would be the greatest obstacle to that succeeding? I think the greatest obstacle or not succeeding as this is our not knowing each other and not knowing our specific tickilarities, differences, problems, and because knowing these things, then we will have realistic ground on which that 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 mind so that we can our work, can be for the use and for the benefit for everyone, because principle in the church and processes, when one member suffering or suffering with him, must suffer with him. This is the principle of love, and so everything must be accounted, every every circumstances of the reality 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 people left 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 or than one are more length is taken...

...away, our whole body will feel deficions. And it is the present day reality the Bulgarian church. So the Bulgarian 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 not canonical territory of any of the mother churches, and this responsibility is natural and this is one speculiar in one circumstance, one one reality. Sure so each bishop in the assembly, especially those bishops from different jurisdictions, have to have to 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 one million 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 bishops and 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 so what of Bulgarians worked there. But now, with the crees crisis there, they had 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 you explain for our listeners what your role is as a member for the on the committee for canonic original planning. What what do you hope that this committee will 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 plan of to overcome the canonical anomalies. I was assigned two months ago into this committee, so it has subcommittees, makes researches, also to present a map of the present day state of the church. Here, studies the different sequality secularities of how the church is, different churches, different parishes are through finance. Until now, I don't have any specific task as sid but assume my work is to work together with the other members and such solution. It seems from the focus that this committee received at this last assembly and also at words that last summer the share of the Assembly, His Eminence, archibishop Demetrios, made, that this committee for canonical original...

...planning is really the heart of the work of the assembly. Would you agree with that? Well, as the final goal of assembly, as it is like a times of friends with storial body, is to propose a plan, and this plan is to be proposed by the committee of non corigional planning. It is a very important work, of course, and it is very important. Yes, your grace, the priests in our nation and much of the lady are becoming educated and aware as time goes on and as the assembly continues to meet, of the assemblies work and they're hearing things. They're hearing interviews like these, the reading communicates from the bishops and hearing from their own bishop and they want, I think most of them, to actively support the assembly. How would you suggest that the clergy and the Laity could actually support the assembly actively? Well, the message which 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 and be on our position and a tend with to loan, emphasize on the family attendance of the services, especially on Sunday services. Well, doing this we are already actively participating in the life of the Church and participating actively in the life of the church, we cannot be uninvolved in the activities which are endeavored also by the boat, by different jurisdictions and also by the assembly, the common activities. And already in some places there are conferences of the clergy in different local places. Even there is a tradition, as we understand, as we had at the assembly, that some place at the worst cause that here are also gather together here, as from the different juritys and discuss local problems there. And there are traditions, as I know, certain brotherhoods, to visit different monasteries, to stay there for services, and somewhere clergy from one jurisdiction participates in retreat conferences of another jurisdictions, in our jurisdiction, which gets such examples. And so this, when we are on our place and live now a Christian life, we already participate and it's naturally to participate in the activity, different activities, and already this is one support. Our prayer to our 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 make is by being faithful Orthodox Christians, yes,...

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

W W dot assembly of Bishops Dot Org. Until next time,.

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