Sunday, March 6, 2011

OCA Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese Announces Episcopal Candidates

The Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese of North America of the American Orthodox Church (OCA) has finally announced the names of the candidates for its cathedra, which became vacant following the death of the Diocese's founder, Archbishop Kyrill (Yonchev) of Toledo, four years ago.

Of the candidates one, [widowed] Archpriest Paul Gassios, spent time in his youth as part of a Protestant church. The other, Archimandrite Alexander Golitzin, is a well known scholar who teaches at Milwaukee's Marquette University. Neither are ethnically Bulgarian or Macedonian (Fr. Paul is Greek-American and Fr. Alexander is a Russian-American).

The two candidates will have time to get to know and be known by the Diocese before the nomination of one for election by the Holy Synod of the OCA as Bishop of Toledo at the upcoming Diocesan Congress in July. More here.

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