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MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW DIOCESE COMMUNICATIONS] -- Priestmonk Matthias [Moriak] was nominated as the candidate for Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest at a special diocesan assembly at Saint Mary Cathedral here Wednesday, October 6, 2010.

It is anticipated that Father Matthias' name will be submitted to the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America for canonical election in November 2010. His consecration to the episcopacy and enthronement are slated to be celebrated in May 2011.

The special assembly opened with the celebration of a Service of Prayer Invoking the Holy Spirit by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the Midwest.

In addition to Father Matthias, Archpriests Paul Gassios and David Mahaffey were candidates.

Father Matthias' selection came on the second round of voting, in which he received the greater number of votes. A call to present him by acclamation followed.

Father Matthias is currently under the omophorion of His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York. He serves Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery, Otego, NY.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

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