Diocese of Dacia Felix

The Diocese of Dacia Felix (Romanian: Episcopia Daciei Felix; Serbian: Епархија Дакија Феликс, romanizedEparhija Dakija Feliks) is the Romanian Orthodox diocese of the Romanians in Serbia (including Vlachs).

Diocese of Dacia Felix

Episcopia Daciei Felix
Епархија Дакија Феликс
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TerritoryBanat, Timok Valley
HeadquartersDeta (official)
Vršac (administrative)
DenominationRomanian Orthodox
Current leadership
BishopIeronim Crețu [ro]


In 1971, the Romanian parishes[1] in the Serbian Banat[2] were merged into a vicariate whose center was Vršac, Serbia, and which was part of the Metropolis of Banat.[1] This vicariate would later be ascended to the Diocese of Dacia Felix in 1997.[2] The city of Deta in Romania was chosen as its official center, while Vršac remained as the administrative headquarters.[1]

In the early 2000s, the diocese began to expand its influence over the Timok Valley, region that the Serbian Orthodox Church considers its own. On 31 March 2001, Daniil Stoenescu became the bishop of the diocese. In 2005, the first temple in the Timok Valley with services performed in Romanian was built. Serbian authorities viewed it as illegal and attempted to demolish it, but did not do so due to external pressure.[2] The diocese was withdrawn from the Metropolis of Banat in 2009 to be directly subordinate to the Patriarch of All Romania.[3] On 1 August 2017, Siluan Mănuilă, bishop of the Diocese of Gyula in Hungary, became leader of the diocese due to health problems of Stoenescu.[4] He was replaced on 5 July 2022 by Ieronim Crețu [ro], who became the new head of the diocese.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Đurić Milovanović, Aleksandra (2015). "Двоструке мањине у Србији: О посебностима у религији и етницитету Румуна у Војводини". Institute for Balkan Studies SASA (in Serbian): 1–348. ISBN 978-86-7179-090-1.
  2. ^ a b c "Епархия Дакия Феликс в прямом подчинении Румынского Патриарха". Иерархия литургических церквей (in Russian).
  3. ^ "Istoric al vieții religioase din Banat" (in Romanian). Metropolis of Banat. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  4. ^ Anghel, Gheorghe (4 August 2017). "PS Siluan al Ungariei – locțiitor al Episcopiei Dacia Felix. Ierarhul a oficiat prima vizită în Eparhie". Basilica News Agency (in Romanian).
  5. ^ Apostolescu, Emilian (5 July 2022). "Preasfințitul Părinte Ieronim Crețu, Episcop ales al Daciei Felix". Ziarul Lumina (in Romanian).