+Jonah Welcomed 'Back Home' to the Bay Area
Metropolitan Jonah Welcomed ‘Back Home’ to the Bay Area
Jun 6th, 2009
His Beatitude Jonah, Archbishop of Washington and New York and Metropolitan of All America and Canada, is greeted by the Bay Area clergy and monastics at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday June 5, 2009. Joining Bishop Benjamin were Archpriest John Takahashi, Archpriest David Lowell and Deacon Brendan Doss of Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Francisco, Archpriest Bazyl Kalinowski and Matuska Zinaida of Christ the Saviour Church, San Francisco, Archpriest Kirill Hartman of St. John the Baptist Church, Berkeley, Archpriest Basil Rhodes and daughter Maria of St. Nicholas Church, Saratoga, Archpriest George Gulin of Holy Myrrhbearing Women Church, West Sacramento, Priest Michael Anderson and son Timothy of St. Christina of Tyre Mission, Fremont, and Priest Hermogen Holste of Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church, Menlo Park, as well as Igumen Sergious of Holy Assumption Monastery in Calistoga and Archimandrite Theodor and the brotherhood of Holy Cross
Monastery (Bulgarian Diocese) in Castro Valley.
Metropolitan Jonah begins a short visit to the Diocese during which he celebrate [sic] the Vigil and Divine Liturgy with Bishop Benjamin at Holy Trinity Cathedral of San Francisco on their patronal feast (Pentacost) [sic] as well as consecrate [sic] the new chapel at the Monastery of Saint John of San Francisco in Manton, CA.
The Diocese of the West loves Metropolitan Jonah as “one of their own” and are very pleased to welcome him back home. A convert to Orthodoxy, His Beatitude was received into the faith at [sic] in 1978 at Our Lady of Kazan Moscow Patriarchal Church, San Diego. Later, upon completing theological education and monastic tonsure and ordination “out East,” he returned to the Diocese of the West, first serving a number of missions in California and later receiving the obedience to establish a monastery under the patronage of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco. Under his tutelage as abbot, the monastery outgrew their [sic] original location in the Bay Area in a short time and successfully relocated to Manton, near Redding, CA. Also, during his time as abbot, he was instrumental in the establishment of missions [sic] the California communities of Merced, Sonora, Chico, Eureka, Redding, and Susanville, as well as the one in Kona, HI. In 2008, the Holy
Synod of the Orthodox Church in America elevated then Hieromonk Jonah to the rank of Archimandrite and he was given the obedience to leave the monastery and take on the responsibilities of auxiliary bishop and chancellor for the Diocese of the South. However,in less than 2 weeks[sic] of his consecration as Bishop of Fort Worth, he was elected as Metropolitan of All America and Canada.
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