Diocese of Konotopskaya of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Konotop and Glukhov diocese occupy the territory of the north of the Sumy region. They are administered by the parishes and monasteries of eight districts of this region.
How the diocese was created
On the site of the modern diocese in 1923, the Glukhov vicariate was formed, referring to the Chernigov diocese.
On June 22, 1993, this entity receivedthe status of an independent with the name Glukhovskaya and Konotopskaya. The separation of them from the large Sumy diocese was dictated by the need to improve the management of education. Moreover, the territorially new diocese became more due to the annexation of part of Chernihiv.
On 3 April 1998, the Konotop Council of People'sdeputies decided to transfer the building of the former kindergarten to the Glukhov Diocese to accommodate the administrative center there. And on May 19 of the same year, taking into account the wishes and lay people, and the clergy, the diocesan center was moved to Konotop, and the diocese was renamed Konotop and Glukhovskaya, as the city of Konotop, being an industrial and administrative center, far outnumbered the ancient city of Glukhov.
The state of the diocese is currently
The Konotop and Glukhov diocese cover sevennorthern deaneries, including more than 130 parishes, in which more than 100 clergymen serve. Three monasteries, built in honor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, safely operate and attract pilgrims, especially the Glinskaya Pustyn (Stavropigalny Monastery). The farmstead of the Glinsky desert is located in the historical town of Glukhov, and every day a bus with believers leaves Glukhov's farmstead. This monastery is well known not only in Ukraine, but also in Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova. Pilgrims from these countries often visit the Glinsk desert.
Glukhov's farmstead, thanks to the efforts of onefrom the former ruling bishops (Luke) became the spiritual and educational center of the diocese. Here Bishop Luke initiated the creation of a library, a Sunday school, an alcohol-free café was opened for Orthodox youth, and a room for a conference hall was allocated to help educate. Thus, the Diocese of Konotopskaya gives preference to the town of Glukhova as an Orthodox center, leaving Konotop with official functions.
In other deaneries of this formation, too, spiritual and educational work is conducted. Diocese Konotopskaya lives an active spiritual life, despite the difficulties in the country.
The ruling bishop
From July 22, 2012, the Diocese of Konotopskaya is locatedunder the leadership of Bishop Roman (Kimovich). Before being elected bishop Konotopsky and Glukhovsky, he was a novice in the Holy Dormition Pochaiv Lavra with a worldly name Dmitry Kimovich. His obedience was the regency. In the laurel, he was tonsured as a monk with the name Roman, and there after a while he received a priestly order. Since 2007, the clergyman Roman served as governor of the Gorodishchensky monastery in the Khmelnytsky region.
On July 20, 2012, the Synod of the UOC elected him bishop Konotopsky and Glukhovsky. The next day the name was given to bishops, and on July 22 - consecration.
The novel adequately continues its workpredecessors. The Diocese of Konotopskaya testifies to his works as a full-blooded, active life. This is a pilgrimage center, and care for spiritual enlightenment of children and youth. In the schedule of services, conciliar prayer services on Fridays for peace in Ukraine were made. Moreover, with the blessing of Bishop Roman every day at nine o'clock in the evening, prayers for peace in Ukraine are read in all the cities and villages of the diocese.