Metropolitan Hilarion the first Hierarch of ROCOR arrived in Mumbai on the 10th pf January 2013 and was warmly welcomed by the local people. Former Metropolitan John Augustine of the Anglican church hosted a welcome dinner later that evening to mark this historical moment of ROCOR’s first metropolitan in recent times who has visited the Indian sub continent.
Silouan Sunil Benedict from St John Chrysostom Orthodox Church, Banaglore was raised and tonsured to the rank of Reader. Since there is no church building in India yet, the service was held at the residence of a Serbian Orthodox faithful. Deacon Fr George Yurij Maximov made all necessary arrangement’s. Traditional Indian food was served after the service.
Russian Orthodox Church has a stable and growing missions in India, Pakistan and Nepal. There are several converts to Russian Orthodox from Roman Catholic, Anglican, various protestant denominations and also from Hinduism and Islam.