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Archimandrite Alejo consecrated Bishop of Mexico City

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    http://oca.org/News.asp?ID=798&SID=19 Article posted: 6/3/2005 10:20 AM Bishop Alejo of Mexico City blesses the clergy and faithful with the Holy Cross at the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 4, 2005
      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.

      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, 2005. 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 heart."

      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

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

      Click <a
      for photos of The Rite of Election of Archimandrite Alejo as
      Bishop-elect of Mexico City.

      Click here for <a
      of The Consecration of Bishop Alejo.
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