MOSCOW: June 2, 2021
Patriarchal congratulations on the 60th birthday of Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia on his 60th birthday:
To His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel
of Montreal and Canada
Your Eminence, Christ is Risen!
I express my heartfelt greetings on your 60th birthday.
Since your youth, having chosen the path of service to the Lord, you enrolled in Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, and upon graduation continued to serve there as a teacher. You devoted many years in positions of responsibility. After making your monastic vows, you were honored to be ordained to the priesthood, after which he you were called by the Lord to the lofty hierarchal service, first assigned to Australia and New Zealand, then as Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese. For many years you have borne the archpastoral care for the Orthodox faithful in Canada, tending to the growth of their love for God and neighbor, confirming them in piety and the Gospel teachings.
In recognition of your labors and in connection with this significant date, I deem it proper to grant you the Order of St Seraphim of Sarov, II Degree.
I prayerfully wish you firm health, spiritual peace and the abundant aid of Christ the Life-Giver in your continuing hierarchal service.
With love in the Resurrected Lord,
PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA