On Tuesday 2nd / 15th May 2018, His Grace Bishop Irenei of Sacramento, Administrator of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland, paid a fraternal visit to His Grace Bishop Matthew of Sourozh at the latter’s Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Ennismore Gardens, London. The second time the two Hierarchs have met together in England (the first having been in January, when Bishop Irenei received Bishop Matthew at the Diocesan Cathedral in Harvard Road), Bishop Irenei enjoyed the generous and heartfelt hospitality of the head of the Diocese of Sourozh, who showed him several of the recent renovations and additions to the Cathedral before offering a lunch at which the Bishops were able, in a spirit of friendship and brotherhood, to discuss the various activities of their respective Dioceses and their common desire for a unity of spirit and fraternal goodwill between the two long-established Russian Orthodox Dioceses present in these lands.

His Grace Bishop Matthew was appointed in January of this year by the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate as the Bishop of Sourozh. He and Bishop Irenei have known each other for many years.


(Photo credits: Diocese of Sourozh)