Author Topic: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop  (Read 940 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline mike

  • The Jerk
  • Stratopedarches
  • **************
  • Posts: 22,289
  • Faith: Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Makurian Orthodox
Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« on: September 16, 2012, 04:30:44 PM »
I do not yet have the official announcement, but have seen word that Fr. David Sterry Mahaffey was nominated by the diocesan assembly for Alaska to be their bishop. He might begin his duties as the diocesan administrator before his consecration. When more official announcements are available, I'll post them.

Offline 88Devin12

  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 5,144
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Antioch
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2012, 05:18:44 PM »
I do not yet have the official announcement, but have seen word that Fr. David Sterry Mahaffey was nominated by the diocesan assembly for Alaska to be their bishop. He might begin his duties as the diocesan administrator before his consecration. When more official announcements are available, I'll post them.

Axios!

Online Iconodule

  • Uranopolitan
  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 7,511
  • "My god is greater."
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Ecumenical Patriarchate (ACROD)
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2012, 07:07:20 PM »
He's the priest who brought me into the church, so naturally I'm a fan.

Offline podkarpatska

  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 9,314
  • Pokrov
    • ACROD (home)
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2012, 09:03:12 AM »
I pray that yet another Pennsylvanian seeking an episcopacy doesn't end up frozen out in Alaska. It surely has proven to be a challenging environment for many a Bishop. I understand he is a good pastor and a nice man. Axios!

Offline mike

  • The Jerk
  • Stratopedarches
  • **************
  • Posts: 22,289
  • Faith: Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Makurian Orthodox
« Last Edit: September 17, 2012, 09:26:22 AM by Michał Kalina »

Offline podkarpatska

  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 9,314
  • Pokrov
    • ACROD (home)
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2012, 09:54:17 AM »
It's official.
http://oca.org/news/headline-news/diocese-of-alaska-nominates-archprist-david-mahaffey-to-vacant-see-of-sitka

Father David is well known and has been a friend to many in ACROD and our prayers are with him as he embarks on this new phase of his priestly mission!

Offline Seraphim98

  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 573
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2012, 12:22:12 AM »
Hmmm…so one wonders what this means for Fr. Gerasim? Will he end up as Bishop of the DoS, somewhere else…or will he just be set aside to go back to being a monk?
« Last Edit: September 19, 2012, 12:22:32 AM by Seraphim98 »

Offline Patty Joanna

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 6
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2012, 03:40:22 AM »
I believe Dr. Gerasim will be the rector of Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral until Pascha 2013.

Offline mike

  • The Jerk
  • Stratopedarches
  • **************
  • Posts: 22,289
  • Faith: Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Makurian Orthodox
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2012, 08:59:48 AM »
He was tonsured: http://doepa.org/news_120924_6.html

That's what I call a misuse of monasticism.

Offline Ansgar

  • Archon
  • ********
  • Posts: 3,053
  • Keep your mind in hell and do not despair
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2012, 09:23:04 AM »
^Just out of curiosity, why exactly?
Do not be cast down over the struggle - the Lord loves a brave warrior. The Lord loves the soul that is valiant.

-St Silouan the athonite

Offline mike

  • The Jerk
  • Stratopedarches
  • **************
  • Posts: 22,289
  • Faith: Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Makurian Orthodox
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2012, 09:25:26 AM »
^Just out of curiosity, why exactly?

Making priests monks for a couple of days, then making them quit it and become bishops.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2012, 09:26:20 AM by Michał Kalina »

Offline arimethea

  • Getting too old for this
  • Section Moderator
  • Archon
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,968
  • Does anyone really care what you think?
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2012, 10:38:59 AM »
^Just out of curiosity, why exactly?

Most everything a Bishop wears when he is not serving is monastic garb, so in theory one should be a monastic.
Joseph

Offline mike

  • The Jerk
  • Stratopedarches
  • **************
  • Posts: 22,289
  • Faith: Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Makurian Orthodox
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2012, 10:40:01 AM »
^Just out of curiosity, why exactly?

Most everything a Bishop wears when he is not serving is monastic garb, so in theory one should be a monastic.

Tell that to Antiochians.

Offline arimethea

  • Getting too old for this
  • Section Moderator
  • Archon
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,968
  • Does anyone really care what you think?
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2012, 10:48:29 AM »
^Just out of curiosity, why exactly?

Most everything a Bishop wears when he is not serving is monastic garb, so in theory one should be a monastic.

Tell that to Antiochians.

Most of the Bishops of the Patriarchate of Antioch are tonsured monastics, but this discussion is way off topic.
Joseph

Offline mike

  • The Jerk
  • Stratopedarches
  • **************
  • Posts: 22,289
  • Faith: Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Makurian Orthodox
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2012, 10:54:36 AM »
^Just out of curiosity, why exactly?

Most everything a Bishop wears when he is not serving is monastic garb, so in theory one should be a monastic.

Tell that to Antiochians.

Most of the Bishops of the Patriarchate of Antioch are tonsured monastics

Yeah, one even after his chirotonia.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2012, 10:55:06 AM by Michał Kalina »

Offline JamesRottnek

  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 5,123
  • I am Bibleman; putting 'the' back in the Ukraine
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2012, 10:28:44 AM »
^Just out of curiosity, why exactly?

Most everything a Bishop wears when he is not serving is monastic garb, so in theory one should be a monastic.

But the question becomes, what real value and meaning is there in making a priest a monk, for just a few days or weeks, and then ordaining him a bishop?
I know a secret about a former Supreme Court Justice.  Can you guess what it is?

The greatest tragedy in the world is when a cigarette ends.

American Spirits - the eco-friendly cigarette.

Preston Robert Kinney (September 8th, 1997-August 14, 2011

Offline simplygermain

  • beer-bellied tellitubby
  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 771
  • Zechariah 11:7
    • The Hairshirt Agenda
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2012, 12:00:33 PM »
^Just out of curiosity, why exactly?

Most everything a Bishop wears when he is not serving is monastic garb, so in theory one should be a monastic.

But the question becomes, what real value and meaning is there in making a priest a monk, for just a few days or weeks, and then ordaining him a bishop?
So that there will be no challenges by those who must have a monk for a Bishop, of course.
I believe, help Thou my unbelief!! - St. John of Krondstadt

http://Http://hairshirtagenda.blogspot.com

 Witega: "Bishops and Metropolitans and even Patriarchs have been removed under decidedly questionable circumstances before but the Church moves on."

Offline podkarpatska

  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 9,314
  • Pokrov
    • ACROD (home)
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2012, 04:26:45 PM »
^Just out of curiosity, why exactly?

Making priests monks for a couple of days, then making them quit it and become bishops.

Actually it is a fairly common practice, at least in North America.

Offline mike

  • The Jerk
  • Stratopedarches
  • **************
  • Posts: 22,289
  • Faith: Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Makurian Orthodox
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2012, 04:36:55 PM »
I know it's practised everywhere but in the Antiochian Patriarchate. I only do not see any sense in that.

Offline arimethea

  • Getting too old for this
  • Section Moderator
  • Archon
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,968
  • Does anyone really care what you think?
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2012, 04:54:58 PM »
Only a tonsured monk can tonsure a monastic, so if a bishop is not tonsured a monastic then they can not tonsure a monk. Simple as that.
Joseph

Offline mike

  • The Jerk
  • Stratopedarches
  • **************
  • Posts: 22,289
  • Faith: Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Makurian Orthodox
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2012, 05:31:11 PM »
Only a tonsured monk can tonsure a monastic

What about lesser schema abbots or bishops tonsuring other monks for the great schema?

Offline sheenj

  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,429
  • St. Gregorios of Parumala, pray for us...
  • Faith: Oriental Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Indian/Malankara Orthodox Church
Re: Diocese of Alaska (OCA) nominates new bishop
« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2012, 05:50:54 PM »
^Just out of curiosity, why exactly?

Making priests monks for a couple of days, then making them quit it and become bishops.

How common is this exactly? In India at least, the tradition is 40 days of strict fasting between the tonsuring and the consecration.
« Last Edit: October 02, 2012, 05:52:37 PM by sheenj »