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


DATE:            March 26, 2004

TO:                  Orthodox Clergy and Faithful

FROM:           Archimandrite Benjamin's Episcopal Consecration Committee


WHEN & WHERE:   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. After the service, a buffet reception will be held in the Cathedral dining hall.

Divine Liturgy and the Consecration of Archimandrite Benjamin as Bishop of Berkeley and Auxiliary to His Grace, Bishop TIKHON of San Francisco and the West, will be celebrated on Saturday, May 1, 2004 . The concelebrating Hierarchs, and Priests and Deacons appointed for the service, will arrive and be vested at 9:00 AM; the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, His Beatitude HERMAN, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, will be greeted upon his arrival at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 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. McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant offers panoramic views of San Francisco Bay, Angel Island, Alcatraz and Aquatic Park http://www.MccormickandKuletos.com. Banquet tickets are $50 per person and should be purchased before April 18, 2004. Please make checks payable to Diocese of the West and mail them to Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1520 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-5102. Reservation forms with the entrée selections are available in .PDF format:

ACCOMMODATIONS:   While there are many hotels, motels and inns in the Cathedral neighborhood, we recommend the following hotels, conveniently located and moderately priced. We strongly recommend making reservations as soon as possible. This time of the year is indisputably the best season in San Francisco, and lodging availability fluctuates daily.

HOLIDAY INN GOLDEN GATEWAY http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/hd/sfogg

1500 Van Ness Avenue - San Francisco, CA 94109

Tel: (415) 441-4000

Fax: (415) 776-7155

E-mail: reservations@sfhigg.com


HOLIDAY INN FISHERMAN'S WHARF http://hisanfrancisco-fishermanswharf.felcor.com/

1300 Columbus Avenue - San Francisco, CA 94133

Tel: (415) 771-9000

  Fax: (415) 771-7006

E-mail: henry.wong@ichotelsgroup.com


HERITAGE MARINA HOTEL (formerly Vagabond Inn) http://www.heritagemarinahotel.com

2550 Van Ness Avenue - San Francisco, CA 94109

Tel: (415) 776-7500

Fax: (415) 351-1336

Toll-Free: (866) 714-6835

Located just a block and a half from the Cathedral, Heritage Marina Hotel has 132 rooms. It is a clean modest motel, very recently renovated, with a good Italian restaurant downstairs. Booking is not available via Internet. Call them @ 415-776-7500 (mention the Cathedral event and expect to pay $75.00 a night).

PACIFIC HEIGHTS INN http://www.pacificheightsinn.com/

1555 Union Street - San Francisco, CA 94123

Tel: (415) 776-3310

Toll-Free: (800) 523-1801

E-mail: pacificheights@mindspring.com

The Pacific Heights Inn has 40 rooms with rates starting as low as $65 per night and increasing to $125 for deluxe suites. Located "back-to-back" with the Cathedral, the hotel has comfortable rooms, some even have little kitchens. Metropolitan Theodosius, Frs. Paul Lazor and Paul Tarazi, and other Cathedral guests have enjoyed lodging there. They normally charge our guests $70-80; tell them that you are affiliated with the "Cathedral around the corner" and ask for a special rate.

QUESTIONS:   All questions regarding the event may be directed to: consecration@holy-trinity.org or call V. Rev. Victor Sokolov at (415) 673-8565.

Last modified: April 3, 2004