Archdiocese of Orthodox Churches of Russian Tradition in Western Europe
Deanery of Great Britain & Ireland
The Deanery of Great Britain & Ireland
The Archdiocese of Orthodox Churches of Russian Tradition in Western Europe is called to be an Orthodox Church - whether in Germany, Italy, Norway, England, Scotland, Wales, or Ireland. Even in such diversity of landscape the mission is always the same: to live out the gospel in context.
The Archdiocese itself is divided into smaller units called deaneries: these correspond to broad regional and linguistic divisions. In the Deanery of Great Britain & Ireland the primary language used is English, but any language represented in the community may be utilised: Welsh or Gaelic, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Greek. This helps to give a sense of place; understanding and appreciating where we are. English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh saints are celebrated - without neglecting our spiritual and liturgical origins in Russia.
Our Church draws especially on what was transmitted to us via France after the Bolshevik revolution. We are sometimes called the ‘Rue Daru’ after the very road in Paris where our Cathedral can be found, and it is indeed a road we are on: undertaking our Orthodox mission in joyful celebration of our history and united to our Metropolitan Archbishop in Paris, Jean of Dubna.