The Urals Diocese: History and Current Status
One of the countries beyond the borders of Russia, which inchurch relation is the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, is the Republic of Kazakhstan. There are several episcopal centers on its territory, one of which is the Urals diocese - the immediate topic of this article.
Specificity of church management in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan in terms of administrative managementOrthodox believers is a metropolitan district. In other words, at the head of it is the bishop in the rank of metropolitan, in the area of responsibility there are several hierarchical chairs. The Ural diocese is just one of those. Her second patronal city is Aktyubinsk. Thus, the full title of the ruling bishop sounds like the Urals and Aktobe. At present, this service is carried by the archbishop named Antony.
History of the Diocese
Originally, the diocese was opened on thisterritory in 1908 as a vicariate. But eight years later she became independent. After the revolution, the bishopric was formally functioning until 1933, and then it was closed. Once again, the chair was formed by the decision of the Holy Synod in 1991. The direct jurisdiction of this diocese includes parishes and monasteries located in addition to Uralsk and Aktyubinsk in the West Kazakhstan region. Orthodox associations in Kustanai and Mangystau also belong to this diocese. It is necessary to clarify that because of the similarity of names, it is sometimes confused with another one, related to the Ekaterinburg Metropolia in the Sverdlovsk Region. Its department is located in the city of Kamensk-Urals, and therefore sometimes these two bishops are mistakenly identified. But it should be remembered that the Kamensk-Urals Diocese is officially called simply Kamenskaya and Alapaevskaya. Accordingly, to that which is located in Kazakhstan, it has nothing to do.
The Ural diocese is divided into twoDeanery, which includes about fifty parishes. The same is the number of clergy, which it carries service. There is one female monastery, in which about six nuns are currently working. As for education, the Ural diocese does not have a seminary or theological courses. All educational functions are borne by Sunday schools, which number about ten pieces. Also, the diocese publishes its own newspaper "Blagovest" and is engaged in charity.