Son intronisation aura lieu le 30 septeembre 2007
His Eminence Daniel Ciobotea was elected Patriarh of Romanian Orthodox Church
His Eminence Daniel Ciobotea Ph.D., Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina , was born on July 22-nd, 1951 in commune Dobreşti, Timiş County , being the third child in the family of the teacher Alexie Ciobotea and of his wife, Stela. He attended the primary school in his native village, Dobreşti (1958-1962), and the secondary school in Lăpuşnic (1962-1966), Timiş County . During 1966-1970 he attended the high-school in Buziaş and then in Lugoj. After he graduated the high-school he became a student in Theology at the Theological University of Sibiu (1970-1974).During 1974-1976 he attended the courses of the doctor's degree at the Universitary Theological Institute in Bucharest, Sistematic Department, under the guidance of Fr. Prof. Dr. Dumitru Stăniloae; he continues his studies abroad; two years at the Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Humanistic Sciences in Strasbourg (France) and two years at "Albert Ludwig" University in Freiburg im Breisgau, Faculty of Catholic Theology (Germany).On July 15, 1979 he gets his doctor's degree at the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Strasbourg, entitled: Réflexion et vie chrétiennes aujourd'hui. Essai sur le rapport entre la théologie et la spiritualité . The work was prepared under the guidance of two outstanding French professors: Gerard Ziegwalt şi André Benoît, and it received the highest mark. An enlarged form of this work was prepared under the guidance of his mentor. Fr. Prof. Dumitru Stăniloae and it was presented on October 31-th, 1980 at the Universitary Theological Institute in Bucharest , with the following title: Theology and Christian Spirituality. The relation between the two and the present-day situation . After the oral exam and the presentation of the work, Dan-Ilie Ciobotea was declared doctor in Orthodox Theology, also receiving the highest mark. Fr. Prof. Dr. D. Stăniloae said on this occasion: "The exam proved to the commission that they were confronted with a well prepared candidate, well-informed and especially a candidate who displays the wish to lead a theological life of spiritual depth. We need this kind of persons, men that should live according to the teachings of our Church. This is the true spirituality of the priest: to live such a kind of life that he should be able to respond to the questions of the contemporary man, but also to remain a priest. Without a theological culture and without the sublime mission and dignity of priesthood we shall finally end up estranging the faithful people from the Church". His Eminence Daniel currently speaks French and German, English and Italian.
POSITIONS AND HONORS - 1980 - "Doctor in Theology" at the Universitary Theological Institute - Bucharest - 1980-1988 - Lecturer at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Geneva and associate professor in Geneve and Freiburg, Switzerland - 1987 - Tonsured in monasticism at the Sihăstria Monastery, with the name of Daniel - 1988 - Patriarchal Counselor, Manager of "Contemporary Theology and Ecumenical Dialogue" Department - 1988 - Associate Professor at the Department of Christian Mission of the Universitary Theological Institute in Bucharest - 1990 (March) - Vicar Bishop of the Metropolitanate of Timişoara - 1990 (June) - Archbishop and Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina - From 1992 - Professor of Theology at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at The "Al.I.Cuza" University of Iaşi - Member of the Executive and Central Committee of the Ecumenical Council of Churches (Geneva) - Vicepresident of the 2nd General Meeting of the European Churches Conference (Graz, 1997) - Vicepresident of the National Committee of Historical Monuments (Bucharest) - President of the National Synodal Commission of Religious Education (Bucharest) - Representative of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church for Young Christian Activities (Bucharest) - Member of the International Academy of Religious Sciences in Brussels (2000) - Member and Honor President of numerous non-governmental organizations