Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sourozh
The Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sourozh (Russian: Суро́жская епа́рхия) is a diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), covering the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. Since 28 December 2018, the Diocese of Sourozh is part of the Patriarchal Exarchate in Western Europe.
Diocese of Sourozh
|Ecclesiastical province||Patriarchal Exarchate in Western Europe (Moscow Patriarchate)|
|Denomination||Eastern Orthodox Church|
|Established||10 October 1962|
|Parent church||Russian Orthodox Church|
|Bishop of Sourozh||Matthew (Andreev)|
The diocese's name is taken from an ancient see in the Crimea that no longer has a bishop. The patron saint of the diocese is St Stephen of Sourozh, an eighth-century Archbishop of Sourozh (today Sudak) and Confessor of the Faith during the Iconoclastic Controversy.
Since the adoption of its new statutes in 2010, the Diocese was placed under the direct and personal spiritual and administrative authority of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.