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Archimandrite Jonah (Paffhausen) consecrated Bishop of Fort Worth

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.oca.org/news/1681 News and Events Archimandrite Jonah (Paffhausen) consecrated Bishop of Fort Worth and Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of the South
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 2, 2008

      News and Events
      Archimandrite Jonah (Paffhausen) consecrated Bishop of Fort Worth and
      Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of the South

      Posted 11/01

      DALLAS, TX [OCA Communications] -- On Saturday, November 1, 2008,
      Archimandrite Jonah (Paffhausen) was consecrated Bishop of Forth
      Worth and Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of the South, at St.
      Seraphim Cathedral, Dallas, TX. Consecrating hierarchs included His
      Eminence, Archbishop Dmitri of Dallas and the South, Locum Tenens of
      the Metropolitan See; His Grace, Bishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and
      Eastern Pennsylvania; His Grace, Bishop Benjamin of San Francisco and
      the West; and His Grace, Bishop Alejo of Mexico City and the
      Exarchate of Mexico.

      Bishop Jonah's episcopal election took place on September 4, 2008, at
      an extraordinary meeting of the OCA Holy Synod of Bishops. Earlier in
      the summer, his candidacy was endorsed by the Diocese of the South's
      Diocesan Council, shortly after Bishop Jonah had participated in the
      diocese's annual assembly.

      His Grace, Bishop Jonah was born James Paffhausen in 1959 in Chicago,
      IL, and was baptized into the Episcopal Church. His family later
      settled in La Jolla, CA, near San Diego. He was received into the
      Orthodox Church in 1978 at Our Lady of Kazan Moscow Patriarchal
      Church, San Diego, while a student at the University of California,
      San Diego. Later, he transferred to UC Santa Cruz, where he was
      instrumental in establishing an Orthodox Christian Fellowship. After
      completing studies at UCSC, James attended St. Vladimir's Seminary,
      graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1985 and a Master of
      Theology in Dogmatics in 1988.

      Later, he spent a year in Russia, where he was introduced to monastic
      life. While in Russia, he joined Valaam Monastery, having found a
      spiritual father in the monastery's Abbot, Archimandrite Pankratiy.
      It was Archimandrite Pankratiy's spiritual father, the Elder Kyrill
      at Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, who blessed James to become a
      priestmonk. He was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in 1994
      and in 1995 was tonsured to monastic rank at St. Tikhon's Monastery,
      South Canaan, PA, having received the name Jonah.

      Returning to California, Fr. Jonah served a number of missions and
      was later given the obedience to establish a monastery under the
      patronage of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco. The monastery,
      initially located in Point Reyes Station, CA, recently moved to
      Manton in Northern California, near Redding. During his time building
      up the monastic community, Fr. Jonah also worked to establish
      missions in Merced, Sonora, Chico, Eureka, Redding, Susanville, and
      other communities in California, as well as in Kona, HI.

      This year, Fr. Jonah was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite and
      given the obedience to leave the monastery and take on the
      responsibility of Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of the South. In
      addition to his archpastoral duties, Bishop Jonah will also serve as
      the diocesan chancellor.

      "A number of faithful have asked about specific changes in
      administration that will come about with the advent of Archimandrite
      Jonah," Archbishop Dmitri wrote in an Archpastoral Message dated
      September 5, 2008. "Indeed, as both Auxiliary and Chancellor his
      duties will be quite varied, his schedule undoubtedly demanding.
      Archimandrite Jonah will work directly with me in helping to
      administer the Diocese of the South. He will in turn work closely
      with the chancery staff, deans, parish priests and faithful to
      facilitate our missionary efforts in the South."

      May the Lord grant the newly consecrated servant of God, His Grace,
      the Right Reverend Bishop Jonah of Fort Worth, Auxiliary Bishop of
      the Diocese of the South, many years of fruitful archpastoral service
      in His Holy Vineyard, the Orthodox Church in America.

      Eis polla eti, Depsota!
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