Archdiocese of Orthodox Churches of Russian Tradition in Western Europe

Moscow Patriarchate

Bishop Bishop Elisée (Germain) de Reoutov

Biography :

Bishop Élisée (civil name Nicolas Germain) was born on April 16, 1972, in Paris. From 1978 to 1986, he was a student at the parish school of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, where he served as an altar between 1978 and 1994.

On June 24, 1994, he was admitted as a novice to the Saint-Silouane monastery, near Man.

On December 6, 1995, he was tonsured in the riassophorat, before pronouncing his monastic vows on September 8, 1998. He was given the name Elisha, in honor of the prophet.

He trained at the Saint-Serge theological institute in Paris.

From 2001 to 2011, he was part of the administration of the Committee for the maintenance of Russian Orthodox burials at the Russian cemetery of Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, and taught catechism at the parish school of Saint-Alexandre cathedral -Nevski.

From 2001 to 2005, he served as an altar at the Trinity Church in Paris.

On April 24, 2005, he was ordained reader and sub-deacon, and on August 14, he was ordained a deacon. On September 18 of the same year, he received priestly ordination.

Between 2005 and 2008 he was a clerk of the Church of the Holy Trinity.

From 2011, he was part of the administration of the “Petite École bilingue-Stewart International School”.

From 2008 to 2014, he was rector of the parish of Saint-Séraphin de Chelles, then, from 2014, rector of the parish of the Holy Trinity.

He was elevated to the dignity of igumene on October 6, 2019.

On January 24, 2020, the General Assembly of the Archdiocese of Traditional Russian Churches in Western Europe, the igumene Elisha was elected vicar of the Archdiocese. On March 11, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church ratified this decision, giving the new vicar the title of Bishop of Reutov.

On April 12, Metropolitan John of Dubna elevated him to the rank of Archimandrite.

The rite of appointment to the episcopate took place on June 26, followed by episcopal consecration on June 28.