February Date set for Episcopal Consecration of Bishop-Elect Tikhon

Archimandrite Tikhon [Mollard], Bishop-Elect of South Canaan, PA, will be consecrated to the episcopacy at Saint Tikhon Monastery, South Canaan, PA February 13-14, 2004.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman and other members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America will concelebrate the consecration Liturgy.

Archimandrite Tikhon was elected to the episcopacy by the members of the Holy Synod at their fall session in October 2003. He will serve as Auxiliary to Metropolitan Herman.

On Friday evening, February 13, the Rite of Profession and Vespers will be celebrated in the monastery church, with the consecration Liturgy slated to be celebrated on Saturday morning. On Sunday, February 15, Bishop Tikhon will celebrate his first hierarchical Liturgy in the monastery church.

Archimandrite Tikhon, 37, entered monastic life at Saint Tikhon Monastery in 1990. After receiving his Master of Divinity degree from Saint Tikhon Seminary in 1993, he was appointed instructor in Old Testament at the seminary. He continues to serve as Senior Lecturer in Old Testament and as an instructor in the seminary’s Extension Studies program. In 1995 he was tonsured to the Lesser Schema and given the name Tikhon, in honor of Saint Patriarch Tikhon, Enlightener of North America. Later that year he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate and Holy Priesthood at Saint Tikhon Monastery. In 1998 he was elevated to the rank of Igumen, and in 2000 to the rank of Archimandrite. In December 2002, he was appointed by Metropolitan Herman to serve as Deputy Abbot of Saint Tikhon Monastery.