Monday, September 24, 2012

Episcopal nominee Fr. David Mahaffey now riasophor monk

(OCA-DEPA) - On Sunday September 23, 2012, Archpriest David Mahaffey, Rector of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania was tonsured a riasophor monk by His Eminence, Archbishop Tikhon at St Tikhon’s Monastery. Father David has served in a wide variety of capacities in the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, including Dean of the Philadelphia Deanery and Senior Lecturer at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary. On September 15, 2012, the delegates at the Assembly of the Diocese of Alaska voted to present the name of Archpriest David Mahaffey in nomination to fill the vacant Episcopal See of Sitka and Alaska of the Orthodox Church in America.


  1. Wow. So this is a strong indicator that the HS has all but accepted his nomination.

  2. I'm interested to see what he can do with the largest and poorest diocese he can do. Speaking with an Alaskan priest last year he told me that while there is a great need for priests up there, work/money is difficult to find unless they are Alaskan and receive subsistence. I hope to be a part of the op one day. By God's Grace may He bless the Alaskans with a good bishop!