biserica.org:compendium:articles:christianlife: Christian Life, No. 7-9, 2007
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE MAGAZINE
His Beatitude Daniel Ciobotea Ph.D.
Sixth Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church
His Beatitude Daniel Ciobotea Ph.D., the sixth Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, was born on July 22-nd, 1951 in commune Dobresti, Timis County , being the third child in the family of the teacher Alexie Ciobotea and of his wife, Stela. He attended the primary school in his native village, Dobresti (1958-1962), and the secondary school in Lapusnic (1962-1966), Timis County . During 1966-1970 he attended the high-school in Buzias and then in Lugoj. After he graduated the high-school he became a student in Theology at the Theological University of Sibiu (1970-1974). During 1974-1976 he attended the courses of the doctor's degree at the Universitary Theological Institute in Bucharest, Sistematic Department, under the guidance of Fr. Prof. Dr. Dumitru Staniloae; he continues his studies abroad; two years at the Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Humanistic Sciences in Strasbourg (France) and two years at "Albert Ludwig" University in Freiburg im Breisgau, Faculty of Catholic Theology (Germany).
On July 15, 1979 he gets his doctor's degree at the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Strasbourg, entitled: Réflexion et vie chrétiennes aujourd'hui. Essai sur le rapport entre la théologie et la spiritualité . The work was prepared under the guidance of two outstanding French professors: Gerard Ziegwalt si André Benoît, and it received the highest mark. An enlarged form of this work was prepared under the guidance of his mentor. Fr. Prof. Dumitru Staniloae and it was presented on October 31-th, 1980 at the Universitary Theological Institute in Bucharest , with the following title: Theology and Christian Spirituality. The relation between the two and the present-day situation . After the oral exam and the presentation of the work, Dan-Ilie Ciobotea was declared doctor in Orthodox Theology, also receiving the highest mark. Fr. Prof. Dr. D. Staniloae said on this occasion: "The exam proved to the commission that they were confronted with a well prepared candidate, well-informed and especially a candidate who displays the wish to lead a theological life of spiritual depth. We need this kind of persons, men that should live according to the teachings of our Church. This is the true spirituality of the priest: to live such a kind of life that he should be able to respond to the questions of the contemporary man, but also to remain a priest. Without a theological culture and without the sublime mission and dignity of priesthood we shall finally end up estranging the faithful people from the Church". His Eminence Daniel currently speaks French and German, English and Italian.
POSITIONS AND HONORS - 1980
- "Doctor in Theology" at the Universitary Theological Institute - Bucharest
- 1980-1988 - Lecturer at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Geneva and associate professor in Geneve and Freiburg, Switzerland
- 1987 - Tonsured in monasticism at the Sihastria Monastery, with the name of Daniel
- 1988 - Patriarchal Counselor, Manager of "Contemporary Theology and Ecumenical Dialogue" Department
- 1988 - Associate Professor at the Department of Christian Mission of the Universitary Theological Institute in Bucharest
- 1990 (March) - Vicar Bishop of the Metropolitanate of Timisoara
- 1990 (June) - Archbishop and Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina
- From 1992 - Professor of Theology at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at The "Al.I.Cuza" University of Iasi
- Member of the Executive and Central Committee of the Ecumenical Council of Churches (Geneva)
- Vicepresident of the 2nd General Meeting of the European Churches Conference (Graz, 1997)
- Vicepresident of the National Committee of Historical Monuments (Bucharest)
- President of the National Synodal Commission of Religious Education (Bucharest)
- Representative of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church for Young Christian Activities (Bucharest)
- Member of the International Academy of Religious Sciences in Brussels (2000)
- Member and Honor President of numerous non-governmental organizations
THE THEOLOGICAL-EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY
Founder of the following institutions:
- Faculty of Orthodox Theology, Iasi - 1990;
- Orthodox Theological Seminary "St. Paraskeva", Agapia - 1991;
- Orthodox Theological Seminary, Botosani - 1992;
- Orthodox Theological Seminary, Dorohoi - 1993;
- Orthodox Theological Seminary "St. Basil", Iasi - 1995;
- Orthodox Theological Seminary, Piatra Neamt - 1996;
- Theological-Sanitary College, Iasi - 1994;
- Theological-Sanitary College, Piatra Neamt, 1993;
- The Lay Academy "St. John of Neamt", the Neamt Monastery - 1993;
- The Pastoral-Cultural Center "St. Daniel The Hermit", Durau, 1995;
- Ecumenical Library "Dumitru Staniloae", Iasi - 1995;
- Ecumenical Institute "St. Nicholas", Iasi, 1997;
- Cultural-Missionary Institute TRINITAS, Iasi, 1997.
- The Christian Association for Education "Pelerinul/The Pilgrim", Iasi (1996);
- The Stomatological Cabinet for the poor "St. Pantelimon", Iasi (1993);
- Association of Orthodox Physicians and Pharmacists in Romania, Iasi (1994);
- Socio-Deaconal Department "Diaconia", Iasi (1994);
- Canteens for the poor in Iasi, Pascani, Dorohoi, Hârlau (1993-1995);
- Medical Dispensary "Ss Apostles Peter and Paul" Iasi (1998);
- Center of Diagnosis and Treatment "Providenta" (2000).
- Association of the Christian Orthodox Students in Romania ;
- The Romanian Orthodox Fraternity;
- The Women's National Orthodox Society in Romania ;
- The League of the Young Orthodox in Romania .
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