Saint George Cathedral here will be the site of the episcopal consecration of Archimandrite Alexander [Golitzin] as ruling hierarch of the Orthodox Church in America’s Bulgarian Diocese Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, 2012.
The weekend will begin with the celebration of Vespers at the cathedral on Friday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m. During Vespers, Archimandrite Alexander will make his profession of faith before the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops. A reception will follow in the cathedral hall.
At 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and concelebrating hierarchs will be greeted at the cathedral entrance, after which the Consecration Divine Liturgy will commence. A banquet will follow in the cathedral hall. Great Vespers will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m. At 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 6, Bishop Alexander will serve the Divine Liturgy. A brunch will follow in the cathedral hall.
After a one year search to fill the See proclaimed vacant after the repose of His Eminence, the late Archbishop Kyrill, Archimandrite Alexander was nominated at the diocese’s Fifth Congress-Sobor held in Toledo, OH June 9, 2011. On October 4, 2011, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops canonically elected Archimandrite Alexander to the vacant See of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese.
Consecration Date: June 27, 2009
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA - On Friday, January 15, 2010 the members of the Diocesan Spiritual Council met here with His Grace, Bishop Melchisedek, Bishop of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania and the new locum tenens of the Diocese. It was an opportunity for the Spiritual Council to come to know His Grace and to introduce to him the parishes of the Diocese so that in a fruitful way our Diocese may address the challenges and opportunities we face in preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.