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Bishop Auxentios of Photiki

His Grace, Bishop Auxentios of Photiki, B.A., Lic. Theol., Th.D., was born in Ohio, U.S.A., in 1953.

After preparatory school at University School in Hunting Valley, OH, His Grace attended Princeton University, his father's alma mater, where he studied mathematics and religion and graduated in 1975. He completed his senior thesis in the department of religion under the direction of the late and celebrated Russian theologian, Protopresbyter Georges Florovsky (who taught at Princeton after his retirement from Harvard University), and studied Christian worship, as well, with Professor Horton Davies. It was at Princeton, under the influence of Father Florovsky and Archbishop Chrysostomos of Etna (then a layman in whose preceptorial he was enrolled in the department of psychology), that Bishop Auxentios converted to Orthodoxy. He holds the Licentiate in Orthodox Theological Studies from the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies.

His Grace completed his doctorate in theology (specializing in liturgics) at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, where he was a student of the distinguished liturgical scholar, Professor John Baldovin, S.J. (a protege of Professor Thomas J. Talley and an academic colleague of Professor Robert Taft).

Since 1978, Bishop Auxentios has been a member of the Brotherhood of the St. Gregory Palamas Monastery in Etna, California, which he helped found. He is Editor of the periodical Orthodox Tradition and is the author, with Nordland Publishers, Editura Bunavestire, the St. John Chrysostomos Press, Editura Deisis, and the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, of more than a half dozen books in Orthodox theology. His doctoral dissertation, on the history of the rite of the Holy Fire in the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, was also published as a book in English (Berkeley, 1993) and in Romanian (Sibiu, 1993, 2003) as part of the Collectia Liturgica of Editura Deisis. He is a member of the team responsible for the first complete English translation of the Evergetinos, the standard Greek collection of the sayings of the desert Fathers (Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, 1988-2008). Bishop Auxentios has published more than twenty articles in scholarly journals. He is Director of the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies.

On 7 January 1991 (Old Style), His Grace was Consecrated Assistant Bishop to His Eminence, Archbishop Chrysostomos, Exarch for the Holy Synod in America..

In October of 2012, Archbishop Chrysostomos, for reasons of health, asked to be relieved of his administrative duties as Exarch, which have been assumed by Bishop Auxentios, now Acting Exarch.

• Name Day: 13 December (Holy Hieromartyr Auxentios)

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