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Hilarion Kapral

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Metropolitan Hilarion in 2010
ChurchRussian Orthodox Church (Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia)
SeeEastern American & New York Diocese, Australian and New Zealand Diocese (locum tenens), Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (locum tenens)
Appointed12 May 2008
Term endedIncumbent
Ordination10 April 1976
Consecration10 December 1984
by Philaret (Voznesensky)
Personal details
Birth nameIgor Alexeyevich Kapral
Born (1948-01-06) 6 January 1948 (age 73)
Spirit River, Alberta, Canada

Metropolitan Hilarion (born Igor Alexeyevich Kapral, Russian: Игорь Алексеевич Капрал; January 6, 1948 in Spirit River, Alberta, Canada) is a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First-Hierarch of the ROCOR [ru] since 18 May 2008; he is the first First-Hierarch of the ROCOR to be approved by the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate.

On May 17, 2007, after the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion between the ROCOR and the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), Kapral became a part of the episcopate of the latter.


Early years

The youngest child of Alexei and Euphrosynia Kapral, Igor Kapral was born on 6 January 1948 in Spirit River, Alberta, Canada. He spent a childhood he describes as "pleasant ... absolutely free of any harmful influences", walking two and a half miles to school each day.[1] (Later, Kapral transferred to a school in Blueberry Creek, but he returned to finish high school.)

Metropolitan Hilarion (left) meeting Patriarch Kirill in Moscow, September 30, 2010
Metropolitan Hilarion (left) meeting Patriarch Kirill in Moscow, September 30, 2010

From his youth, Kapral felt drawn to the Church and loved to read books and periodicals on religion and morals. From a young age, around 6 or 7, he knew that he wanted to become a priest. He attended Holy Trinity Church in Spirit River, a congregation of the ROCOR composed of ethnic Ukrainians. Services were held monthly or bi-monthly, and often Archbishop Panteleimon (Rudyk) would celebrate these services. Igor revered Archbishop Panteleimon, who told the boy, "someday you will be a priest".[1]

Seminary, priesthood

In 1966, Kapral found a spiritual guide: Right Reverend Sava (Saračević), Bishop of Edmonton, a Serb who greatly revered John of Shanghai and San Francisco. In 1967, Kapral entered Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York. While there, he learned the Russian language, sang on the kliros, and served in the altar, learning the order of divine services. From his second year at seminary, Kapral was tasked with typesetting "Orthodox Life" in English, under the editorship of archimandrite Constantine Zaitsev; Igor soon succeeded him as editor. After some time, hieromonk Ignatius (Trepatschko), who was in charge of printing the journal, asked Kapral to typeset it in Russian as well.

Upon graduation from the seminary in 1972, Kapral entered the Holy Trinity Monastery as a novice. On 2 December 1974, he was tonsured a rassophore monk with the name Hilarion, in honor of Venerable Schema-monk Hilarion of the Kiev Caves and subsequently was tonsured into the little schema. On 4 December 1975, Archbishop Averky Taushev, for whom Hilarion served as a cell-attendant, ordained him a hierodeacon and on Lazarus Saturday 1976 Bishop Laurus of Manhattan ordained him a hieromonk. Hilarion served as a hieromonk at the monastery, continuing his work at the printing press. He was often sent to parishes, replacing absent priests, often traveling to Cleveland and Pennsylvania.


Metropolitan Hilarion ordaining a presbyter by cheirotonia, 2010.
Metropolitan Hilarion ordaining a presbyter by cheirotonia, 2010.

On 10 December 1984, Hilarion was consecrated a bishop by Metropolitan of New York Philaret and nine other bishops and appointed to the see of Manhattan, charged with overseeing parishes in Pennsylvania; in the Synod of Bishops, Hilarion served as deputy secretary. In 1995, Bishop Hilarion was transferred to the See of Washington while retaining his residence in New York City. On 20 June 1996, he was transferred to the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (which was experiencing problems at that stage) and raised to the rank of archbishop.[2]

In December 2003, Kapral was awarded the honour of wearing a diamond cross on his klobuk.[3] Upon Metropolitan Laurus's death Archbishop Hilarion was appointed as the temporary head of the ROCOR Synod.

First-Hierarch of the ROCOR

On 12 May 2008, Archbishop Hilarion was elected and elevated as the new First-hierarch of the ROCOR, having received 9 votes out of 11.[4] On 14 May of that year, he was approved by the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate to the post of the primate[5] and elevated to the rank of metropolitan. On 18 May, he was enthroned in New York City.[6][7] On 10 December 2008, he was appointed a member of the Preparatory Commission for the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church.[8]


  1. ^ a b "The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - Official Website". 28 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Bishops of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese | Australian and New Zealand Diocese (ROCOR)". Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  3. ^ "Архиерейский Собор 2003 г".
  4. ^ Глава Русской зарубежной церкви торжественно возведён в сан RIA Novosti 18 may 2008
  5. ^ "The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - Official Website".
  6. ^ Богослужения настолования Первоиерарха Русской Зарубежной Церкви в Нью-Йорке начались с возведения владыки Илариона в сан митрополита На официальном сайте МП 18 мая 2008 г.
  7. ^ В Нью-Йорке вступил в должность новый первоиерарх РПЦЗ Интерфакс.ru 18 мая 2008 г.
  8. ^ "ЖУРНАЛЫ заседания Священного Синода Русской Православной Церкви от 10 декабря 2008 года / Официальные документы / Патриархия.ru". Патриархия.ru.


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