His Eminence, Metropolitan of Kumanovo and Osogovo k. Dr. Joseph was born in 1977, in Prilep. After finishing high school in 1995, he enrolled at the Faculty of Theology “St Clement of Ohrid” in Skopje, where in 2000 earned a bachelor’s degree with thesis topic “The Icons in the History of the Church”. In 2001, he enrolled in postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Philosophy at Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, where in June 2005 earned a master’s degree with thesis topic “Understanding the personality in the anthropology of St Gregory Palamas”.

Metropolitan of Kumanovo and Osogovo, Dr. Joseph
Dr. Joseph,
Metropolitan of Kumanovo and Osogovo

The same year, he enrolled in doctoral studies at the department of Dogmatics at the Faculty of Theology in Skopje. In 2009, he completed his doctoral studies, with dissertation topic “Dogmatic-theological doctrine of hesychasm in the works of St John Climacus , St Symeon the New Theologian, and Gregory Palamas”.

He received the monastic tonsure in 2005, when was ordained a hierodeacon. The next year, 2006 he was ordained to the rank of hieromonk. In 2009 he was made abbot of the Monastery of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos in Kalishta. By decision of the Holy Synod of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, in 2011 he received the rank of Archimandrite. On June 28, 2012 he was elected Bishop of Leshok. On October 21, 2012 at the cathedral of the Diocese of Polog and Kumanovo, he was ordained and elected an auxiliary bishop to His Eminence Metropolitan Cyril.

By decision of the Holy Synod of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, on September 17, 2013 he was elected the first Metropolitan of Kumanovo. He was enthroned on November 10, 2013 at the “St Nicholas” Cathedral in Kumanovo, on the day of Great-martyr Parasceva of Iconium and Demetrius of Rostov.