Dionysius (Diachenko) of San Francisco

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His Grace Dionysius (Diachenko) was the Bishop of Pittsburgh of the Russian North American Mission (Metropolia) in mid twentieth century.

Born Dmitry Diachenko (Дмитрий Дьяченко) in 1882.

He graduated from the Stavropol Theological Seminary. In 1909 he graduated from the Kazan Theological Academy with a degree of candidate of theology, and then - the historical-philological faculty of St. Petersburg University, and the St. Petersburg Archaeological Institute.

In 1914 he was ordained a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church, and in 1917 he fled from Russia during the Russian Revolution. He thereafter resided for some time in Manchuria and later in China.

As an archimandrite he served as Dean of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary from 1944 to 1947.

December 7, 1947 he was consecrated а bishop of Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

During the Eighth All-American Sobor of December 1950, he announced the election of Archbishop Leonty as the new metropolitan of the Metropolia after the vote by the Synod of Bishops.

In 1957 the decedent was elevated to the rank of archbishop.

On December 14, 1958 he was appointed аrchbishop of San Francisco and California.

Не retired in 1960. Не died September 12, 1967 in San Francisco.


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Dionysius (Diachenko) of San Francisco
Preceded by:
Benjamin (Basalyga)
Bishop of Pittsburgh
1947?-1952?
Succeeded by:
Benjamin (Basalyga)
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