Father Academician Prof. Dr. Mircea Păcurariu, considered the greatest historian of the Romanian Orthodox Church, has died.
The academician father prof. Dr. Mircea Păcurariu died, on Wednesday, at home, surrounded by his family and some relatives, announced the Metropolitan Church of Transylvania.
He was 88 years old.
He was born on July 30, 1932 in Ruși, Hunedoara County, in a priest’s family. He studied at the “Decebal” High School in Deva (1943-1951), at the Faculty of History of the University of Cluj (1951-1952), at the University Theological Institute of Sibiu (1952-1956), and then he attended full-time doctoral courses , specializing in the History of the Romanian Church at the Theological Institute in Bucharest (1956-1959). He defended his doctorate in 1968. He was a professor at the Theological Seminary at the Neamț Monastery (1959-1961), and then he became an assistant for Latin and Greek (1961-1970), an associate professor (1970), a professor at the Department of Church History. Romanian from the University Theological Institute from Sibiu. He was the dean of the Faculty of Theology in Sibiu (1992-2000), and in the period 1990-1992 he was substitute of the same department at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Iași. He was ordained a deacon in 1970, a priest in 1971, and ordained a stavrophore icon in 1976. He participated in several historical meetings abroad, and on October 24, 1997 he became a corresponding member of the Romanian Academy. On November 26, 2015, he became a full member of the Romanian Academy. He received the “Doctor Honoris Causa” distinction at the “December 1, 1918” University of Alba Iulia, at the “Vasile Goldiș” University of Arad, at the University of Oradea and at the “Nicolae Bălcescu” Land Forces Academy in Sibiu.
He wrote many works and studies in the field of History of the Romanian Orthodox Church and not only, the best known being the textbooks for Theological Seminaries and Faculties of Theology for this theological discipline, Dictionary of Romanian Theologians, those related to the life and activity of Saint Hierarch Andrei Saguna, about the life of the Orthodox Church in Transylvania, about the Sibiu theological education, the great Sibiu scholars, the volume of sermons on Sundays and holidays. The History volumes of the Romanian Orthodox Church are considered to be representative for the specialized literature.
In 2012 he received the title of honorary citizen of Sibiu Municipality.
Many generations of theologians have as a mentor the academic father Mircea Păcurariu. He trained several young theologians in doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s courses. Among the former students from Sibiu, some are members of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, others are teachers in university or seminary theological education, according to the Metropolitan Church.
He was decorated with the Order of the “Star of Romania” in the rank of officer by the President of Romania, Emil Constantinescu; received the Gold Medal of Merit from the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu; he has been an active member of the Cultural Association for Literature and Culture of the Romanian People in Transylvania (Astra) since 1990 and an honorary member of various Romanian cultural associations, with diplomas of appreciation from them.
He received the “Patriarchal Cross” from the partriarchs Iustin Moisescu (1977), Teoctist Arăpaşu (2001) and His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, in 2009. On behalf of His Eminence Laurenţiu, the Archbishop of Sibiu and the Metropolitan of Transylvania received the “Sagunian Cross” in 2007. , received dozens of commemorative and anniversary medals from the Romanian Patriarchate and some Patriarchates abroad.
Academician Mircea Păcurariu will be buried on Friday, January 15.
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