Poroshenko became deacon of the Moscow Patriarchate and took part in the procession (2009)

The action took place in the St. John’s Monastery of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). The monastery posted photos on its website.

The deacon is the basic “level” of the hierarchy in the “white priesthood” of the orthodox rite. “White priesthood” is available for married men. Servants of this kind with sufficient level of preparation and spiritual experience can be promoted to the rank of archpriest and even in exceptional cases – a rare priesthood.