Moscow region, Sergiev Posad, Lavra, Academy

Rector

Ambrose (Ermakov), Archbishop of Vereya

The rector of the Moscow Theological Academy is appointed by decree of the Holy Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia with reference to a statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Rector directs the Moscow Theological Academy in accordance with the Academic Charter, with the help of deputies (vice-rectors), who are also approved by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The Rector affirms the internal working schedule and regulations, delineates the functions of the structural subdivisions and the official duties of the employees of the Moscow Theological Academy, the Choir Director's School and School of Iconography. The rector also, insofar as his duties require him, issues orders and instructions for the employees of the Moscow Theological Academy, the Choir Director's School and School of Iconography.


Reception of the Rector of the MThA - telephone: (496) 541-55-50; fax: (496) 541-55-05; E-mail: rektor.pr@gmail.com (working hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Sundays and public holidays)).


  • Date of ordination to the episcopate - March 26, 2005
  • Date of ordination to the priesthood - October 8, 1994
  • Date of ordination to the diaconate - May 29, 1994
  • Date of tonsure - April 7, 1994
  • Date of Birth - June 15, 1970
  • Name's day - October 23

Academics

  • Moscow Theological Seminary (1995)
  • Moscow Theological Academy (1999)

Professional experience: 10 years

Awards

State:

  • 2015 - Order of Friendship.

Church:

  • 2011 - The Order of St. Isidore of Yur'evsk of the III degree (Estonian Orthodox Church);
  • 2012 - Order of St. Andrei Rublev of the II degree;
  • 2017 - Medal of St. Theophanes the Recluse of the I degree (Ryazan Metropoly).

Bibliography

  • Candidate's dissertation: "Soteriology of St. John Chrysostom" (1999)
  • Expanding the Boundaries of the Heart. SPbThA Press, St. Petersburg, 2018.

Biography

Archbishop Ambrosius of Vereya (in the world Vitaliy Ermakov) was born on June 15, 1970 in the town of Luzhki, Zheleznogorsky district, Kursk region, in a family of workers. 

Since 1982, the future archpastor helped in the churches of the Kursk and Orlov dioceses. After finishing secondary school and service in the Military he entered the Moscow Theological Seminary.

On April 7, 1994, the rector of the Moscow Theological Schools, His Grace Philaretus, Bishop Dmitrovsk, tonsured him into monasticism with the name of Ambrose in honor of St. Ambrose of Optina in the Trinity Cathedral of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra.

On May 29, 1994, the rector of the Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary, Bishop Philaretus, ordained the monk Ambrose to the rank of hierodeacon at the Pokrovsky Academic Church of Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary.

In September 1994, Hierodeacon Ambrose was appointed as the director of the 3rd Academic Choir, which was formed with the blessing of the Rector.

On October 8, 1994, in the Church of the Protection of the Theotokos of the Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary, Hierodeacon Ambrosius was ordained a hieromonk by His Grace Stephen, Bishop of Pinsk and Luninets.

In June 1995, Hieromonk Ambrose graduated from the Moscow Theological Seminary and in August of the same year was enrolled in the 1st year of the Moscow Theological Academy. In June 1999, he graduated from the MThA with a degree in theology, have defended his dissertation in the Department of Patrology on the "Soteriology of St. John Chrysostom". After graduating from the Academy of Hieromonk Ambrose stayed at the theological schools as a teacher and choir director of the Academic Choir. 

In August 2000, by order of His Holiness Alexius II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Hieromonk Ambrose was appointed vice-rector of the pastoral courses, which were later transformed into the Sretensky Theological Seminary at the Sretensky Monastery in Moscow, and was assigned into brotherhood of the monastery. During his stay at the Sretensky Monastery, Father Ambrose performed the obediences of the dean of the monastery and the choir director of the festive monastery choir. 

In 2003, hieromonk Ambrose received training at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in the "Fundamentals of State-Church Relations" programme.

On June 3, 2004, by His Eminence Alexius, Archbishop of Orekhovo-Zuevo, Hieromonk Ambrose was elevated to the rank of hegumen in the Sretensky Cathedral of the Monastery.

By decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on the 24 of December, 2004, Hegumen Ambrosius was elected Bishop of Prokopyevsk, vicar of the Kemerovo diocese. 

On December 28, 2004, His Holiness Patriarch Alexius II of Moscow and All Russia, elevated Hegumen Ambrose to the rank of Archimandrite.

On March 26, 2005 in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Archimandrite Ambrose was consecrated as Bishop of Prokopievsk, Vicar of the Kemerovo Diocese. The divine service was headed by His Holiness Alexius II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

By the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on July 19, 2006, His Eminence Ambrose, Bishop of Prokopyevsk, Vicar of the Kemerovo Diocese, was appointed Bishop of Bronnitsy, Vicar of the Moscow Diocese.

By the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, on October 6, 2008, His Eminence Ambrose, Bishop of Bronnitsy, Vicar of the Moscow Diocese, was appointed Bishop of Gatchina, Vicar of the St. Petersburg Diocese. At the same time, Bishop Ambrose was appointed rector of the St. Petersburg Theological Schools. 

On April 2, 2011, Bishop Ambrose was appointed Chairman of the Department of Religious Education and Catechesis of the St. Petersburg Diocese.

By the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church dated March 12, 2013, he see was changed to the city of Peterhof.

On February 1, 2014, at the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, His Holiness Patriarch Cyril of Moscow and All Russia elevated Bishop Ambrose to the rank of Archbishop.

By the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on the 14th of July, 2018, His Eminence Ambrose, Archbishop of Peterhof, was relieved of his post as rector of the St. Petersburg Theological Schools and was appointed rector of the Moscow Theological Schools. Bishop Ambrose was thanked for his worthy service as rector of the St. Petersburg Theological Schools for almost 10 years. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church determined that he should be Archbishop of Vereya, Vicar of the Most Holy Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

On July 9, 2019 by decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, His Eminence Archbishop Ambrose of Vereya was appointed Acting Rector of the Sretensky Seminary with retention of the position of Rector of MThA.

Member of the Inter-conventional Presence; member of the Synodal Biblical Theological Commission; member of the Synodal Commission for the Canonization of Saints; member of the Coordinating Council for the Development of Theological Science in the Russian Orthodox Church.