His Holiness Teofan was elected with 32 votes for and 13 against and he defeated, in the second tour, His Holiness Casian and His Holiness Ioan, who were favorites of the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church.
The Bishopric of Moldavia and Bucovina is the largest, the richest and most influential one in the Romanian Orthodox Church. Traditionally, the Bishop of Moldavia is the succesor of the Romanian Patriarch.
His Holiness Teofan was born on October 19th 1959 in Arges county. He has a degree from the Theological Faculty of Bucharest and is doctor of the Saint-Serge Theological Institute in Paris. During the 1990-1993, he was the Secretary of the Patriarch’s Cabinet. He became Patriarchal Vicar-Bishop in 1991 and in 2000 was elected Archbishop of Craiova and Bishop of Oltenia.