Archbishop Elisha: Brief Biography
Archbishop Elisha was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg – ed.). He graduated from the Leningrad and Moscow Theological Academy. Ganaba’s father was a priest, so his son followed in his father’s footsteps. At 18, he entered the second grade of the Leningrad Theological Seminary. At the age of 20, he entered the Leningrad Theological Academy. From 2007 to 2017, he led the Diocese of Surozh, which covers Great Britain and Ireland. Since 2017, he has been appointed Prelate of The Hague and The Netherlands. In February 2010 he was elevated to the rank of archbishop.
According to media reports, shortly after the Russian invasion, one of the parishes in Amsterdam stated its disagreement with Kirill’s position and decided to stop commemorating the patriarch.
Two days later, Archbishop Elisha of The Hague and The Netherlands arrived at the church in a car with diplomatic plates, and announced that the appeal was of “great concern” not only to the Patriarchate, but also to the Russian Foreign Ministry, which “has a great interest in your church. After that, pressure on the parish began to grow, and anonymous threats began to be received by the clergy. The parish turned to the city authorities for help.
After these events, the parish in Amsterdam decided to break off relations with the Moscow Patriarchate. To prevent this, Ganaba appointed himself temporary rector of the temple and announced that all the rebellious clergy would be replaced soon. Nevertheless, according to the official website of the parish, they did manage to change the patriarchate.