Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Synod makes clear who is going to be Bishop of Alaska

(OCA-AK) - July 2, 2021 Protocol 07/004


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The Very Reverend Innocent Dresdow, Chancellor Diocese of Alaska

7031 Howard Avenue

Anchorage, AK 99504-1899

Dear Father Innocent,

May the Lord God bless!

At its regular Spring 2021 Session, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America directed His Grace Bishop Alexis to call a Special Diocesan Assembly of the Diocese of Alaska for the sole purpose of nominating a candidate as Diocesan Bishop. As you know, this Special Diocesan Assembly is scheduled for Saturday, August 7, 2021.

With this letter, I communicate to you the following, and I ask that you please make it known to every parish in the Diocese of Alaska: The only candidate who is fully vetted by the Holy Synod is His Grace Bishop Alexis, who has served the Diocese of Alaska first as Administrator while Archbishop David of blessed memory was alive, and now as Locum Tenens since the repose of His Eminence.

If you or other members of the Diocese have questions relating to this matter, please contact me. Devotedly yours in His service,


Archbishop of New York and New Jersey Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops


  1. As a Priest in Alaska, I must ask you this: what in the heck is this for?

    The last "unvetted candidate" we hade here was an unmitigated disaster, and the vetting process has included:
    1. recommendation from our previous bishop
    2. regular meetings with the Clergy of the Diocese of Alaska
    3. regular trips throughout the diocese once COVID restrictions eased
    4. (a critical one, here) Visits to Alaska in winter.

    +ALEXIS, at this time, appeared to have had the support of the majority of the clergy in AK BEFORE this was published and the "commentary" inserted here from people outside the Diocese of Alaska is neither helpful nor welcome.

    Fr Simeon
    St. Nicholas, Juneau, AK

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