TABOR - Tradition and Contemporaneity in the Romanian Orthodox Church
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Considerations on Father Justinian Teculescu’s Work as Bishop: The Military Bishop of Alba Iulia (1923-1924) and Bishop of Cetatea Albă and Ismail (1924-1932)
Our study emphasizes that associations have always studied local and national history since the Romanians began to affirm themselves in Transylvania as a nation. Their goals were both social, cultural and economic, as well as cultivating an awareness of Romanian specific in Transylvania, objectives that the Central Committee of the Association of Sibiu since 1861 and the Romanian National Party of Austria- Hungary since 1881 have been able to implement in the conditions of political compromise after 1867. Their efforts later led to the Great Union in 1918, a natural result of the religious, cultural, economic and political work and activity of the Romanian elites. Ioan Teculescu, dean of Alba Iulia and cultural manager of Astra Association Partition in Alba Iulia was a part of this colossal effort of cultivating the national awareness and of asserting their political and national goals in the early twentieth century. In 1918, I. Teculescu was involved in organizing the Great National Assembly as president of the RomanianNational Council of Alba Iulia and is one of those who actually signed the Union documents. In 1923, he was promoted military bishop of the diocesse of Alba Iulia and two years later he was selected Bishop of Cetatea Albă-Ismail that he shepherded until 1932.