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His Eminence the Bishop Dionisie. Call, obedience, ascesis
The article evokes the moment of the election of Bishop Dionisie Erhan, eighty-five years ago, as eparchial bishop. The Metropolitan Bishop of Bessarabia Gurie Grosu, by virtue of his responsibilities, had proposed Bishop Dionisie Erhan, vicar of the Archdiocese of Chisinau, for the dignity of diocesan bishop for the see of Cetatea Albă-Ismail. The candidature did not meet the conditions, because Bishop Dionisie had no theological studies. The event raised some reactions from Patriarch Miron Cristea but also from the society of those times. The question was whether it was possible go beyond the letter of the law, if the candidate was a holy man who fought for the national cause in Bessarabia.