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Macarie Drăgoi
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Orthodox and Greek Catholics in Transylvania (1867-1916): Convergences and Divergences

Orthodox and Greek Catholics in Transylvania (1867–1916): Convergences and Divergences, attempts to capitalize, as much as possible, upon both of the fundamental research methods and priorities of contemporary ecclesiastical history: documentary and interpretive. By opting not to treat the history of these two Romanian communities separately, but rather through the lens of their encounters—whether peaceful or contentious—this work intends to emphasize, as stated in the title, the “convergences” and the “divergences” in the ecclesiastical history of the Transylvanian Romanians between 1867 and 1916. This research aims to bring forth new contributions of a documentary kind by incorporating a wealth of archival information—heretofore unknown in ecclesiastical historiography—extracted from the documentary collections preserved by the National Archives in Transylvania, as well as in church archives, especially those in the Sibiu Archive of the Romanian Orthodox metropolitan see of Transylvania.

Macarie Drăgoi is the Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Northern Europe, based in Stockholm. He was born on the May 9, 1977 in the northern Transylvanian locality of Caianu-Mic in Romania. Theologian, historian, and ethnologist, he graduated from Saint Dosoftei of Moldavia Theological Seminary in Suceava (1991–1996), followed by the theological faculty of Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (1996–2001). After further research at the Universities of Leeds and Durham (2004–2005), he received his Ph.D. in European History and the history of the Romanian Orthodox Church from Babaș-Bolyaiin Cluj-Napoca. From 1998–2003 he was the secretary of the well-known metropolitan of Cluj and scholar Bartolomeu Anania, and between 2005–2008 he was the dean of the metropolitan cathedral in Cluj-Napoca and professor at the theological seminary of the same Transylvanian city. On May 2, 2008 he was consecrated to the episcopacy in the cathedral in Cluj-Napoca, and was enthroned on July 6 in Stockholm as the first bishop for the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Northern Europe.

During his studies in England in 2004, he founded the first Romanian Orthodox parish in northern Great Britain (in Leeds) with its own stone church dedicated to St Macarius the Great. In the newly established Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Northern Europe, he founded new parishes and monasteries, as well as youth, pastoral, cultural, and philanthropic centers. He also inaugurated a bilingual (Romanian-English) magazine Candela Nordului (The Northern Vigil Lamp) and the Felicitas Publishing House, as well as the honorary award of Crucea Nordului (The Northern Cross), for both laymen and clergy. In 2010, alongside other hierarchs and Orthodox theologians in Stockholm, he launched the St Ignatius Center of Orthodox Studies, with its own publishing house, Anastasis. He has authored over 100 studies and articles on theological, historical, and ethnological topics, as well as numerous volumes on theology, history, and ethnology in both Romanian and English.