Born in Mexico in 1954, Bishop Alejo (Pacheco-Vera) 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 and 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 Chiapas. 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.
In March 2005, he was elected to the episcopacy by the Holy Synod of Bishops. His consecration as Bishop of Mexico City, auxiliary to Metropolitan Herman, took place at St. Tikhon’s Monastery in South Canaan, PA on May 28, 2005. The Holy Synod of Bishops elected Bishop Alejo as ruling Bishop of Mexico City and the Exarchate of Mexico on October 16, 2008. Bishop Alejo’s enthronement was held in Mexico City on January 18, 2009. On May 9, 2012, he was elevated to the dignity of Archbishop.