Alumni News

Alumnus Elected Metropolitan of Finnish Diocese

Author: 
Deborah (Malacky) Belonick

26 November 2014 • SVOTS Communications / Yonkers, NY • Deborah (Malacky) Belonick

Priest Matti Veli Juhani Wallgren, graduate of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (M.Div. 2003) and currently rector of Vaasa Orthodox Church, Diocese of Oulu, Finland, has been elected as the new Metropolitan of the Diocese of Oulu. He will succeed His Eminence Archbishop Panteleimon (Sarho), now retired, as metropolitan.

Father Matti was ordained to the priesthood September 1, 2003, in Jyvaskyla, Finland.  He served as second priest for two and a half years in central Finland and eight and a half years as a Dean of the Cathedral in Vaasa, western Finland.

Archpriests John Behr and Chad Hatfield, dean and chancellor/CEO of the seminary respectively, both expressed their sincere congratulations to Fr. Matti upon his election. "Our close relationship with the Church in Finland is longstanding and we look forward to even closer ties with the Finnish Church through Metropolitan Matti," said Fr. Chad.

Father  Matti will be consecrated as bishop and assume the duties of the Metropolitan of Oulu on January 11, 2015, at Oulu's Holy Trinity Cathedral. 

The Orthodox Church in Finland is an autonomous Church belonging to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and is made up of three dioceses: Karelia, Helsinki, and Oulu. Oulu, the smallest diocese among the three, was established in 1980. It includes five parishes made up of nearly 10,000 members.

Within the entire Orthodox Church of Finland, there are 24 parishes with 140 priests and more than 58,000 members. A convent and a monastery also operate within the church.

Previous Alumni News:

Title Author Date
Alumnus Elected Metropolitan of Finnish Diocese Deborah (Malacky) Belonick December 1, 2014
Fr. Thomas Soroka and Community Celebrate 100 Years Virginia Nieuwsma October 24, 2014
Archpriest Paul Gassios (SVOTS '94) Nominated for Chicago See Fr. John Matusiak, Oca.org October 7, 2014
Alumnus Fr. Jerome Cwiklinski Honored for Distinguished Service Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak September 27, 2014
Former student is Ambassador to the Vatican World Council of Churches September 27, 2014
Ministering in a University Town Fr. John Matusiak, Oca.org September 27, 2014
Parish of Alumnus Receives OCA Mission Grant Fr. John Matusiak, Oca.org September 27, 2014
Seminary Alumnus Elected Bishop for Ukrainian Catholic Epharcy of Parma Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak September 11, 2014
Alumni Lead Inaugural Catechist and Diaconal Institute Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak August 27, 2014
New Building for Fr. Justin Patterson and Parish Community Oca.org July 30, 2014
"We Become Who We Are": Interview with Dr. Will Cohen ('02) Will Cohen July 16, 2014
Alumni and Seminarians Uncover Jesus' World in Bethsaida Deborah (Malacky) Belonick July 8, 2014
In Memoriam + The Very Rev. Macarius Targonsky (SVOTS '55) Virginia Nieuwsma July 8, 2014
Video Highlights Alum's Work with YES Virginia Nieuwsma June 26, 2014
Fr. Andrew Cuneo's Parish Receives Planting Grant The Very Rev. John Matusiak June 16, 2014
Two Alumni Selected as Candidates for Metropolitan of the Antiochian Archdiocese Virginia Nieuwsma June 10, 2014
Alumnus Speaks on the Growth of Mayan Orthodoxy in Guatemala Jesse Brandow May 27, 2014
Alumnus Installed as Bishop of Eastern Pennsylvania Virginia Nieuwsma May 20, 2014
A Decade Hence: Dr. Brandon Gallaher Interview (SVOTS '03) Virginia Nieuwsma April 29, 2014
Memory Eternal! +Metropolitan Philip, Class of 1965 Virginia Nieuwsma March 27, 2014
Memory Eternal! The Very Rev. Dr. Alexander Atty Virginia Nieuwsma March 27, 2014
Seminarians Past and Present Reflect on Orthodox in the Military Virginia Nieuwsma December 20, 2013
Alumnus Publishes Book with Oxford University Press Virginia Nieuwsma December 17, 2013
Alumni Association Honors Dean Emeritus Deborah (Malacky) Belonick December 6, 2013
Alumni Scholar Offers Keynote at International Conference Virginia Nieuwsma September 27, 2013
The Very Rev. Dr. Steven Voytovich Named Dean of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Virginia Nieuwsma August 13, 2013
Alumnus Chaplain Earns Highest Army War College Degree and Certification Virginia Nieuwsma August 13, 2013
Memory Eternal: Archpriest Michael Kovach (1918-2013), member of first graduating class Deborah (Malacky) Belonick July 13, 2013
Alumni Participate in First "Holy Conversation" Virginia Nieuwsma March 8, 2013
In Memoriam: Reverend Deacon Richard Howrilka Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak January 8, 2013
Alumnus Archpriest Paul Shafran Honored on 65th Anniversary of Ordination Deborah Belonick December 31, 2012
In Memoriam: Khouria Joanne Bitar Pdn Joseph Matusiak December 31, 2012
In Memoriam: Ludwig Djaparidze (SVOTS '90) Pdn Joseph Matusiak December 13, 2012
Alumnus Fr. Mardiros Chevian Appointed Dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary Virginia Nieuwsma December 11, 2012
In Memoriam: Archpriest Aaron Archer OCA / SVOTS November 16, 2012
Newly Graduated Alumni "Engage the World" Pdn Joseph Matusiak August 31, 2012
Fr Vladimir Misijuk (SVOTS '91) Defends Doctoral Dissertation Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak July 5, 2012
SVOTS Alumni Gather in Chicago Area Pdn. Joseph Matusiak May 1, 2012
Listen! Lenten Services during Protopresbyter John Meyendorff's Tenure as Dean Pdn. Joseph Matusiak April 3, 2012
SVOTS ALUM AWARDED FULBRIGHT FELLOWSHIP Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak June 24, 2011
Father Rauno Pietarinen (SVOTS '80) Begins One Year Ministry to the Skolt Sami People in Northern Finland Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak June 2, 2011
Professor Kesich Gives His "View from 90" as He Celebrates Birthday Deborah (Malacky) Belonick April 28, 2011
Two Seminary Alumni Fall Asleep in the Lord: Fr. Theodore Ziton and Annette Milkovich Deborah (Malacky) Belonick April 28, 2011
Deacon Nicholas Denysenko Appointed Director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute Deborah (Malacky) Belonick March 25, 2011
In Memoriam: Tenth Anniversary of the Repose of Bishop Boris (SVOTS '46) Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak December 29, 2010
Archpriest Alexander Atty Installed as Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary Deborah Belonick, Web Editor November 10, 2010
Fr. Michael and Mat. Lydia Westerberg Celebrate 30 Years in New Haven Parish Deborah Belonick, Web Editor October 12, 2010
Archpriest John Matusiak (SVOTS ’75) Speaks at Christian Education Conference in Poland Deborah Belonick, Web Editor October 7, 2010
Bishop Basil (SVS '73) Elected Secretary to Episcopal Assembly Deborah Belonick July 24, 2010
Syndicate content Subscribe