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    From: Steve Hayes Archimandrite Alejo consecrated Bishop of Mexico City Article posted: 6/3/2005 10:20 AM Bishop Alejo of Mexico City
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      From: "Steve Hayes" <khanyab@...>

      Archimandrite Alejo consecrated Bishop of Mexico City

      Article posted: 6/3/2005 10:20 AM

      Bishop Alejo of Mexico City blesses the clergy and faithful with the Holy
      Cross at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy following his episcopal
      consecration on Saturday, May 28, 2005 at St. Tikhon's Monastery, South
      Canaan, PA. Photo on following web page: http://tinyurl.com/dklnb

      SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA Communications] — Archimandrite Alejo
      [Pacheco-Vera] was consecrated Bishop of Mexico City and Auxiliary
      to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman during the centennial
      pilgrimage to Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery here Saturday, May
      28, 2005.

      Bishop Alejo was elected to the episcopacy by the members of the
      Orthodox Church in America's Holy Synod of Bishops in March,
      He succeeds His Grace, the late Bishop Jose [Cortes y Olmos], who
      with his flock was received into the Orthodox Church in America in
      the early 1970s. Numbering an estimated 20,000 indigenous faithful,
      the exarchate has been without a resident hierarch since the repose
      of Bishop Jose.

      The evening before, Metropolitan Herman presided over the formal
      Rite of Election in the monastery church. Among those in the
      congregation were Bishop-elect Alejo's family and friends, who
      traveled from Mexico for the occasion. The following morning, Bishop-
      elect Alejo made his profession of faith in the presence of Metropolitan
      Herman and the members of the Holy Synod, after which the consecration
      Divine Liturgy was celebrated. Holding an open Gospel book over
      Bishop-elect Alejo's head, the hierarchs followed the ancient tradition of
      the "laying on of hands" as Metropolitan Herman invoked the Holy Spirit to
      descend upon him, thereby elevating him to the episcopacy.

      "Always bear in mind that at the very heart of the episcopal
      ministry is the ministry of unity," Metropolitan Herman told
      Bishop Alejo after presenting him with the episcopal staff at the
      conclusion of the Liturgy. "The many gifts and talents God has
      generously given to His people are to be brought together, so that
      all may work together to build up the body of Christ. The talents
      you have placed in the service of Christ as a monastic and as a
      priest you will now use as a bishop. We are assured that you will
      exercise this ministry with the same dedication, the same vision,
      and the same desire for the good of the Church that you have
      exhibited in the past throughout the many years you have served the
      clergy, monastics, and faithful of the Exarchate of Mexico. However, you
      will now utilize these gifts as a bishop, making use of them for the unity
      of the Church with love, calling God's people to be of one mind and one

      Born in Mexico in 1954, Bishop Alejo was received into the Orthodox
      faith on August 1, 1972. After pursuing theological studies, he was
      tonsured to monastic rank six years later by Bishop Jose, taking the name
      Alejo. He was ordained to the diaconate on January 14, 1979, after which
      he was assigned to Mexico City's Ascension Cathedral.

      After his ordination to the priesthood on March 1, 1981, he
      continued serving the cathedral and numerous missions throughout the state
      of Chaipas.

      In 2001, he was elevated to the rank of hegumen by the Holy Synod of
      Bishops. Two years later, he was elevated to the rank of archimandrite.

      Photos of The Rite of Election of Archimandrite Alejo as Bishop-
      elect of Mexico City is found on original press release.

      Photos of The Consecration of Bishop Alejo is found on original
      press release.
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