CHICAGO, IL [DOM Communications] – The Orthodox Church in America has consecrated two new bishops as a result of the 2019 Fall Session of Holy Synod meetings. On January 25, His Grace Bishop Paul, participated in the consecration of Bishop Alexis (Trader) at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington D.C. The service was led by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and concelebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, His Eminence Archbishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh, His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York, His Eminence Archbishop David of Sitka, His Grace Bishop Paul of Chicago, and His Grace Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa.
In his acceptance address the evening before, Bishop-Elect Alexis reflected on his new path; “the Venerable Hierarchs of the Holy Orthodox Church have asked me to join their ranks as a bishop of Christ’s holy flock. They are summoning me to live no longer for myself, but for the sake of those for whom I will become a bishop. They are seeking for me to offer myself entirely to the Holy Trinity and His sacred icons, His people.” The full text of his address can be found here.
On Saturday, February 1, Bishop Paul traveled to St. George Romainian Orthodox Cathedral in Southfield, MI to participate in the consecration of Bishop Andrei (Hoarste). The service was led by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit, His Eminence Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of North America, His Eminence Metropolitan Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of America and Canada of the Patriarchate of Romania, His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco, His Eminence Archbishop Irénée of Ottawa, His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York, His Eminence Archbishop Alexander of Dallas, His Eminence Archbishop David of Sitka, His Grace Bishop Paul of Chicago, and His Grace Bishop Alexis of Bethesda.
In his address, Bishop-Elect Andrei thanked his parents and others who assisted him along his path. The full text can be read here.
Bishop Alexis will serve as the Bishop of Bethesda and Auxiliary to the Metropolitan. Bishop Andrei will serve as the Bishop of Cleveland and Auxiliary to the Romanian Episcopate.
Axios! Many Years!