Newly Ordained Bishop Alexander [Golitzen] Will Be 2012 Commencement Speaker

8 May 2012 • Off-campus Event

Seminary Dean Archpriest John Behr with newly ordained Bishop AlexanderSeminary Dean Archpriest John Behr with newly ordained Bishop AlexanderHis Grace The Rt. Rev. Alexander [Golitzin], bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America and an alumnus of St. Vladimir's Seminary, will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2012 on Saturday, May 19th. Commencement exercises will start at 2 p.m., beginning with a Prayer of Supplication in Three Hierarchs Chapel.

Bishop Alexander was just recently ordained to the episcopacy at St. George Cathedral in Rossford, Ohio, on May 5, 2012. He succeeds His Eminence Archbishop Kirill, who reposed in the Lord in 2007. The Bulgarian Diocese includes 19 parishes and missions and one monastery. Among those present at his ordination were Archpriest John Behr, dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary, and several SVOTS alumni.Several SVOTS alumni, including Metropolitan Jonah and Bishops Benjamin, Melchisedek, Mark, and Nikon, greeting Bishop Alexander after his ordination to the episcopacy.Several SVOTS alumni, including Metropolitan Jonah and Bishops Benjamin, Melchisedek, Mark, and Nikon, greeting Bishop Alexander after his ordination to the episcopacy.

Raised at St. Innocent Church in Tarzana, California, Bp. Alexander received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir’s. He spent seven years pursuing doctoral studies at Oxford University in England under His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos [Ware]. During this time he also spent two years in Greece, including one year at Simonos Petras Monastery on Mount Athos. After receiving his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1980, Bp. Alexander returned to the United States. He was ordained to the diaconate in January 1982 and to the priesthood two years later; in 1986, he was tonsured to monastic orders.

We welcome families and guests of seminarians to Commencement 2012 on Saturday, May 19th. Find us on Google Maps!