Holy Trinity Cathedral

Archimandrite Benjamin's Episcopal Consecration

The Orthodox Church in America
Diocese of the West
Office of the Bishop of San Francisco & the West
650 Micheltorena St.
Los Angeles, California 90026-3629

April 2, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARCHIMANDRITE BENJAMIN TO BE CONSECRATED BISHOP OF BERKELEY; AUXILIARY FOR DIOCESE OF THE WEST AT SAN FRANCISCO'S HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL, APRIL 30-MAY 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- His Grace, Bishop TIKHON of San Francisco and the Diocese of the West, Orthodox Church in America announces that Archimandrite Benjamin's Episcopal Consecration will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Francisco, California, on Friday, April 30, 2004, and Saturday, May 1, 2004 . The canonical election will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, April 30, 2004 , followed by Great Vespers.

Divine Liturgy and the Consecration of Archimandrite Benjamin as Bishop of Berkeley and Auxiliary to His Grace, Bishop TIKHON will be celebrated on Saturday, May 1, 2004 . His Beatitude HERMAN, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, primate of the Orthodox Church in America, will preside at the service which will be begin at 9:30 AM.

A banquet in honor of the newly consecrated Bishop of Berkeley Benjamin will be held at 1:30 PM at the renowned McCormick and Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant, located in historic Ghirardelli Square. Reservations for the Consecration Banquet and other details related to the festive weekend are available on the Cathedral's web site: www.holy-trinity.org.

Archimandrite Benjamin was born Vincent Peterson in Pasadena, CA on June 1, 1954 and was baptized and chrismated at Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral, Los Angeles, CA on April 27, 1972. In 1978 he was awarded a Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in Liturgical Music from Saint Vladimir Seminary.

A prolific musician, he served as choirmaster at parishes in Detroit, MI and Los Angeles and as chairman of the Orthodox Church in America's Department of Liturgical Music. He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on November 15, 1987 by Bishop Tikhon at his home parish, which he served for 10 years as deacon and youth and education director. The following year he was tonsured a riasophore monk by Bishop Tikhon and further tonsured to the lesser schema by His Eminence, Archbishop [now Metropolitan] Herman at Saint Tikhon Monastery, South Canaan, PA. In 1991 he was elevated to the rank of archdeacon.

On July 19, 1997, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Bishop Tikhon. In 1999, Igumen Benjamin was was transferred to the Diocese of Alaska. In addition to other responsibilities, he served as dean of Saint Innocent Cathedral and later as administrative dean of Saint Herman Seminary, Kodiak, AK. He was elevated to the rank of archimandrite in 2002. In January 2004 he was reassigned to Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral, Los Angeles, and appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of the West.

Upon his consecration to the episcopacy, Bishop-Elect Benjamin will serve as Auxiliary to His Grace, Bishop Tikhon of San Francisco, and as such will continue to be Diocesan Chancellor.

Holy Trinity Cathedral, the site of the consecration, is the oldest Orthodox community in the contiguous United States. The Cathedral, established in 1857, is the seat of the Bishop Tikhon of San Francisco and the Diocese of the West, Orthodox Church in America. For further information, please visit www.holy-trinity.org or contact the event chairman, V. Rev. Victor Sokolov, Cathedral Dean. 415-673-8565. consecration@holy-trinity.org.


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