Patriarch Teoctist

On Monday, July 30, 2007, we were informed by His Eminence Archbishop Nicolae of the Romanian Archdiocese that His Beatitude, Patriarch Teoctist, Primate of the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Romania, had died at the age of 92.

Patriarch Teoctist was born on February 7, 1915, in the village Tocileni, Botosani county, in northeastern Romania. In 1929, he joined the Vorona Monastery. Later, he embraced monasticism, taking the name Teoctist, at the Bistrita Monastery.

He studied at the Orthodox Seminary in Cernica from 1932 until 1940 and graduated from the Orthodox Theological Faculty of Bucharest University in 1944.

On March 25, 1945, he was ordained to the priesthood in Iasi, where after his consecration to the episcpacy he served as vicar bishop from 1949 to 1962. From 1962 to 1973, he served as Bishop of Arad. From 1973 until 1977, he served as Archbishop of Craiova and Metropolitan of Oltenia. He served as Archbishop of Iasi and Metropolitan of Moldova and Suceava from 1977 until his election as Archbishop of Bucharest and Patriarch of Romania on November 9, 1986.

The permanent Synod is meeting today as His Beatitudes body lays in state in the Cathedral in Bucharesti. Plans have not been finalized for the funeral yet. As information becomes available I will post it here.
Update: Photos have been posted here.


  1. What is the origin of the name Teoctist? I imagine it means “created by God” or “God” something but really have no idea.

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