It hasn’t been much of a secret, but now it’s official – Archimandrite Jonah Paffhausen will be consecrated as Auxiliary Bishop to the Diocese of the South. Fr. Jonah has been serving as the Abbot at the Monastery of St. John of San Francisco in Manton CA., and has reportedly turned down an opportunity to be Bishop of another region to serve as the Auxiliary to the 85 year old Archbishop DMITRI. He plans to bring a couple monks with him to Dallas, where he will work in the Chancery office and assist at St. Seraphim Cathedral.
This was announced officially after Vespers on Wednesday by Archbishop DMITRI. Though I was serving in the altar on Wednesday with Fr. Jonah, I haven’t had much time to get to know him yet.