The International President
His Beatitude the Patriarch Nicolas was born in France on 30th of March; 1952.He entered upon the monastic life in 1982 and was ordained to the diaconate in 1983 and to the priesthood on 9th April, 1985, at the monastery of St. Michel du Var. His studies in theology were undertaken at the Institute of St. Sergius in Paris. Consecrated to the episcopate on 1st September 2001 as Bishop of Paris responsible for missions, he entered the Ukrainian Church in Exile, in the United States, and in 2003 he was raised to the rank of archbishop. In 2005 he ministered as the senior consecrator for the solemn consecration of the Patriarch Moses in the Cathedral of St. Sophia of Kiev. Together with all Western bishops, he left the Patriarchate of Kiev in 2006 to enter into relationship with the American Orthodox Catholic Church of the United States. Obtaining autocephalous status, he became archbishop primate of the synod in 2007. On 9th October 2011 he was elected and consecrated patriarch by the twenty-one bishops of the synod. The church now adopted the name Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Europe. Many other bishops had by this time joined the church, and at the General Synod of 2014 in Italy the church, present now on five continents, took the name of Orthodox Patriarchate of Nations, thus signifying its catholicity and affirming its worldwide presence. The Orthodox Patriarchate of Nations has, at present, more than one hundred bishops representing it throughout the world.