The Right Reverend Andrei

Bishop of Cleveland

Auxiliary to the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America

The Right Reverend Andrei

Bishop Andrei was born in 1982 into an Orthodox Christian family in Făgăraș, Romania.  At the age of 15, he moved with his family to the United States where they established their home in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, becoming members of Sts. Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Church.  While completing his high school and undergraduate studies, he was active in the life of the parish and Episcopate, including serving as the 37th President of the American Romanian Orthodox Youth, the international youth auxiliary of the ROEA.  In September 2004, with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel, he began pursuing theological studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, graduating in 2008 with a Master of Divinity Degree and working at the same time for the Master of Theology Degree.  In October 2010, he commenced doctoral studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, Italy, earning a Doctorate of Theology Degree in June 2019 in the field of dogmatic/liturgical studies.  He was ordained into the Holy Diaconate in September 2012 and then the Holy Priesthood that December by His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, who subsequently appointed him to lead the Episcopate’s Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in 2013, and then as Vicar of Canada in 2014 to assist with the administrative and pastoral responsibilities of the Episcopate.

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the Holy Synod of Bishops elected him as Bishop-elect of Cleveland and Auxiliary Bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. He was consecrated to the episcopacy on February 1, 2020.