Metropolitan Mark (Russian: Митрополит Марк, secular name Sergey Anatolievich Golovkov, Russian: Сергей Анатольевич Головков; born 31 March 1964), is a bishop in the Russian Orthodox Church. He holds the title of "Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Ryazan and Mikhailovsky, head of the Ryazan Metropolis", as well as "Metropolitan of Budapest and Hungary".

Metropolitan of Ryazan and Mikhailov
Metropolitan of Budapest and Hungary
Erzbischof Mark (Golowkow).jpg
Bishop Mark in February 2014
Native name
ChurchRussian Orthodox Church
MetropolisRyazan and Mikhailovsky
Appointed16 July 2013 — 22 October 2015
PredecessorNestor (Sirotenko)
SuccessorAnthony (Sevryuk)
Ordination14 January 2004 (bishop)
by Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow
Personal details
Birth nameSergey Anatolievich Golovkov
Born (1964-03-31) March 31, 1964 (age 55)
Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
DenominationEastern Orthodox Church

In the past he was titular bishop of Bogorodsk, or the title given to the head of the Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in Italy.

Early lifeEdit

Graduating from high school in his hometown of Perm in 1981, Golovkov then enlisted in the Soviet Army. He served his mandatory time in the army from 1982 to 1984.[1]

Academic lifeEdit

In 1984 he entered the Moscow Theological Seminary, after which in 1988 he entered the Moscow Theological Academy. In September 1990, he was appointed assistant head of the Church and Archaeological Cabinet at the academy. From 1990 to 1992 Golovkov taught courses relating to the scriptures of the New Testament at the academy. In 1992 he graduated from the Moscow Theological Academy with a Ph.D. in theology.[1]


On 19 October 1990 he was tonsured a monk at the famous Russian Orthodox monastery named Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, and was ordained a hierodeacon in the same location on 21 November 1990. He was finally ordained a hieromonk on 7 January 1991.[1]

August 12, 1992 Fr. Mark was assigned by the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate to be a member of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem.

On the Eastern Orthodox feast day of Pentecost in 1997, Golovkov was elevated to the rank of Hegumen, or leader of a major monastery, by Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow in the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Jerusalem.

In 1997 while an official in the Moscow-based Russian mission in Jerusalem, Mark (Golovkov) played a critical role along with then Patriarch Alexy II in conving Yasser Arafat in expelling the owners of Mount of Olives Monastery, the only Eastern Orthodox monastery and church in the city of Hebron. The church had been under the property of the Russian Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), but after dispute over custody, the hierarchy of the Moscow Patriarchate asked the Palestinian authorities to forcibly remove the current contingent. Mark (Golovkov) spoke to the media, saying: "We're ready to receive them all, but for a long time, the Mount of Olives Monastery did not allow Russian priests to enter. Muslims, Jews, atheists, Buddhists can enter, but God forbid that a Russian priest enter. They must understand that they're not recognized by anyone,[a] and that all the properties they call theirs were built and bought by Russia for Russian money to serve Russian pilgrims. Yet the Russian Patriarch cannot enter the monastery to pray."[2]

December 28, 1999: Made deputy chairman of the Department of External Church Relations (DECR), with responsibility for caring for administrative and practical affairs of DECR, including cooperation with state institutions in various countries.

On 26 January 2000 he was appointed rector of the Holy Trinity Church in Khoroshev, Moscow. On 3 May 2000 he was elevated to the rank of archimandrite.[1]


Bishop Mark in May 2012

On 26 December 2003 he was chosen by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church to be bishop of Yegoryevsky [ru] and vicar of the Moscow diocese.[3] On 14 January 2004, in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, he was consecrated bishop of Yegoryevsky and vicar of the Moscow diocese, he was also bestowed his apostolic name Mark by then Metropolitan Kirill (Gundyaev) of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, later Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.[4] On 11 February 2009 he was appointed by Patriarch Kirill as temporarily chairman of the Department of external church relations.[5] On 31 March 2009 the Holy Synod decided to appoint Mark (Golovkov) secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate for foreign institutions.[1] He was also entrusted with the interim administration of the Russian Orthodox dioceses of Vienna-Austria and Budapest-Hungary.[6]

From 16 July 2013 to 22 October 2015 Mark (Golovkov) served as the metropolitan archbishop of the Patriarchal parishes in Italy. He was succeeded by Anthony (Sevryuk) on 26 October 2015.[7]

On 26 February 2019 Mark (Golovkov) was replaced by Ignatius (Deputatov) [ru] in the patriarchal administration of the Russian Orthodox church[8]. Along with the resignation of the metropolitan of St. Petersburg, this was seen by some observers and journalists as part of an ongoing trend of Kirill removing old bishops mostly ordained and appointed by his predecessor and replacing them with younger bishops who reflect his personality and views.[9]

On August 30, 2019, by the decision of the Holy Synod, he was appointed ruling hierarch of the diocese of Budapest Hungary with the title "Metropolitan of Budapest and Hungarу" within the specified diocese[10].


Mark (Golovkov) has written and spoken numerous times about the importance of architecture in the Orthodox church, both in modern times and historical.[11] While supervising the restoration projects of Orthodox religious buildings primarily in Moscow Oblast and Russia as a whole, he spoke of the importance of preserving the historical appearance and atmosphere of these buildings, saying that the architectural traditions are important in Orthodox spirituality.[12]

Mark (Golovkov) was one of many leaders of Christian denominations to express there opposition of Saudi Islamic scholar and cleric Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh, when the latter declared that all churches in the Arabian Peninsula must be destroyed. As then head of the department of Russian Orthodox churches abroad, Mark (Golovkov) called the sheikh's fatwa "alarming" and told the Interfax news agency he hoped that Saudi Arabia's neighbors in the region "will be surprised by the calls made by this sheikh and ignore them".[13]


  1. ^ The union of the ROCOR to the Russian Orthodox Church would happen in 2006.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Марк, митрополит Рязанский и Михайловский (Головков Сергей Анатольевич)" (in Russian). Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. ^ Schmemann, Serge (11 July 1997). "Arafat Enters Into a New Fray, Over a Russian Church". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Журналы заседания Священного Синода от 26 декабря 2003 года" (in Russian). 26 December 2003. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Предстоятель Русской Православной Церкви совершил хиротонию архимандрита Марка (Головкова) во епископа Егорьевского, викария Московской епархии". 14 January 2004. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Отдел внешних церковных связей Московского патриархата временно возглавил епископ Егорьевский Марк" (in Russian). 11 February 2009. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  6. ^ "ЖУРНАЛЫ заседания Священного Синода Русской Православной Церкви от 31 марта 2009 года". 31 March 2009. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Антоний, митрополит Корсунский и Западноевропейский (Севрюк Антон Юрьевич) / Персоналии / Патриархия.ru". Патриархия.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-06-16.
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  9. ^ Rozanskij, Vladimir (3 February 2019). "St. Petersburg, the heads of Kirill's enemies fall". Retrieved 5 November 2019.
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  11. ^ Mark (Golovkov) (20 October 2018). "О СОВРЕМЕННОЙ ЦЕРКОВНОЙ АРХИТЕКТУРЕ". Paro (in Russian). Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  12. ^ Denis Halfin (2 February 2018). "МИТРОПОЛИТ РЯЗАНСКИЙ И МИХАЙЛОВСКИЙ МАРК: "ТВОРИМ НОВОЕ В ТРАДИЦИЯХ СТАРОГО"". Paro (in Russian). Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Europe bishops slam Saudi fatwa against Persian Gulf churches". Reuters. March 24, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
Eastern Orthodox Church titles
Preceded by
Veniamin (Zaritsky) [ru]
Metropolotan of Ryazan
Diocese of Ryazan and Kasimov

October 2015 —
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Tikhon (Zaitsev) [ru]
Chairman of the Financial and Economic Department of the Moscow Patriarchate
25 July 2014 — 25 February 2019
Succeeded by
Ignatius (Deputatov) [ru]
Preceded by
Dionysius (Porubay) [ru]
Interim manager of the Kasimov diocese
14 July 2018 — 18 November 2018
Succeeded by
Vasily (Danilov) [ru]
Preceded by
Nestor (Sirotenko)
Bishop of Bogorodsk [ru]
(Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in Italy)

16 July 2013 — 22 October 2015
Succeeded by
Anthony (Sevryuk)