The episcopal consecration of the monk-priest Andrei (Kladiyev) took place in the Intercession Cathedral at Rogozhskoe in Moscow. The newly-appointed bishop Andrei will be the head of the Samara-Saratov Diocese. Monk-priest Andrei was elected an episcopal candidate by a majority of votes at the last Consecrated Council in Moscow. The Diocese of Samara was recreated within the borders of the Samara region at the decision of the Consecrated Council of 2008. In 2011, the Penza and Saratov regions were also included, and the diocese was renamed the Samara and Saratov Diocese.
Bishop Andrei took monastic vows at age 19. After some time, he became the abbot of a convent in the village of Kitayevsky of the Don and Caucasian Diocese. His works in the monastery supported his monastic life, that is, daily prayer services and labor. He himself weaves lestovki (prayer bands) and paints icons. It is expected that his experience in the organization of monastic life will contribute to the development of the Cheremshansky monastery in the diocese, which is headed by the newly-appointed bishop.