Archimandrite Gerasim Eliel

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Archimandrite Gerasim Eliel
Archimandrite Gerasim Eliel

Archimandrite Gerasim Eliel is a priest in the Orthodox Church of America (OCA), Diocese of the South (DOS). He is assigned to Saint Seraphim of Sarov Cathedral.

In 2015, a special assembly nominated Eliel to fill the vacant see of the DOS. During the 2015 spring session of the OCA’s synod, he was appointed administrator of the DOS. The letter from the synod to the DOS is linked here.

Prior to joining the OCA, Eliel belonged to the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, Western American Diocese. He was the abbot of the Monastery of St. Herman of Alaska in Platina, California.

Eliel is a convert who was introduced to Orthodoxy while a student at the University of California in Santa Cruz. He was a member of the Orthodox Student Fellowship founded by Metropolitan Jonah Paffhausen.

Eliel joined the Platina monastery shortly before the death of Father Seraphim Rose, while the group was still with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). When Abbot Herman Podmoshensky took the monastery into the Archdiocese of Vasiloupolis, Eliel was one of the few ROCOR monks who followed him. Eliel succeeded Podmoshensky as the head of the monastery in 2000, the same year that the group joined the Serbian Orthodox Church.

In 2001 Eliel wrote a letter to the Serbian bishop. In the letter, the archimandrite indicates the Podmoshensky was removed as abbot because of additional incidents of sexual misconduct.