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His Beatitude, the Most Blessed '''Jonah (Paffhausen) of Washington and New York''' is the [[primate]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]] (OCA).  He was elected as metropolitan on [[November 12]], 2008, and is scheduled to be formally installed on [[December 28]], 2008, in Washington, D.C.  Metr. Jonah is also the first convert to the Orthodox faith to be elected as the OCA's primate.
 
His Beatitude, the Most Blessed '''Jonah (Paffhausen) of Washington and New York''' is the [[primate]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]] (OCA).  He was elected as metropolitan on [[November 12]], 2008, and is scheduled to be formally installed on [[December 28]], 2008, in Washington, D.C.  Metr. Jonah is also the first convert to the Orthodox faith to be elected as the OCA's primate.
  
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==Sources==
 
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{{osource|Author:Jonah Paffhausen|Jonah (Paffhausen) of Washington and New York}}
 
 
*"[http://www.oca.org/news/1681 Archimandrite Jonah (Paffhausen) consecrated Bishop of Fort Worth and Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of the South]", OCA News & Events
 
*"[http://www.oca.org/news/1681 Archimandrite Jonah (Paffhausen) consecrated Bishop of Fort Worth and Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of the South]", OCA News & Events
 
*"[http://www.oca.org/news/1693 Bishop Jonah of Fort Worth Elected Metropolitan of All America and Canada]"
 
*"[http://www.oca.org/news/1693 Bishop Jonah of Fort Worth Elected Metropolitan of All America and Canada]"
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*[http://www.monasteryofstjohn.org/ Monastery of St. John of San Francisco], where Metr. Jonah was abbot for 12 years
 
*[http://www.monasteryofstjohn.org/ Monastery of St. John of San Francisco], where Metr. Jonah was abbot for 12 years
 
*[http://www.post-gazette.com/multimedia/?videoID=101187 Orthodox Church in America selects new Metropolitan] (video), from the ''Pittsburgh Post-Gazette''
 
*[http://www.post-gazette.com/multimedia/?videoID=101187 Orthodox Church in America selects new Metropolitan] (video), from the ''Pittsburgh Post-Gazette''
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===Written works===
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*[http://www.monasteryofstjohn.org/articles.htm Writings and Talks], from St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco Monastery
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*[http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1403441/posts Five Good Reasons NOT to Visit a Monastery], from ''Again'' magazine
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*[http://www.dosoca.org/files/08%20Assembly/AbbatialEditorialCollection.pdf Perspectives on Orthodoxy in America] (editorials from ''Divine Ascent'')
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*[http://www.ctlibrary.com/rq/1997/winter/3125.html The Eternal Liturgy: Worship in the Orthodox Tradition], from ''re:generation Quarterly''
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*[http://www.orthodoxnews.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Features.one&content_id=9859&CFID=72092943&CFTOKEN=53644936&tp_preview=true The Doors of Repentance]: The Journey of the Holy Order of MANS/Christ the Saviour Brotherhood and the St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood into the Canonical Orthodox Church, from ''Again'' magazine
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*[http://www.oca.org/PDF/metropolitan-jonah/MJ.Episcopacy_Primacy_Mother%20Churches.pdf Episcopacy, Primacy and the Mother Churches: A Monastic Perspective]] (from a meeting of the [[Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius]]) (2008)
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*[http://www.oca.org/jonah-acceptance.html Acceptance speech], at his election as auxiliary bishop of Fort Worth
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===Audio recordings===
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*"The Path to Prayer": [http://iconnewmedianetwork.com/2008/01/14/fr-jonah-paffhausen-the-path-to-prayer-part-1/ Part 1], [http://iconnewmedianetwork.com/2008/01/21/the-path-to-prayer-part-2-do-not-react-qa/ Part 2: "Do Not React," Q&A], [http://iconnewmedianetwork.com/2008/01/28/the-path-to-prayer-part-3-do-not-resent/ Part 3: "Do Not Resent"], [http://iconnewmedianetwork.com/2008/02/04/the-path-to-prayer-part-4-keep-inner-stillness/ Part 4: "Keep Inner Stillness"], [http://iconnewmedianetwork.com/2008/05/19/the-path-to-prayer-part-5-keep-inner-stillness-qa/ Part 5: "Keep Inner Stillness" (cont'd), Q&A] (February 2008)
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*From Ancient Faith Radio
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**Interview on the Jesus Prayer: [http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/ourlife/interview_with_abbot_jonah_on_the_jesus_prayer_part_1/ Part 1], [http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/ourlife/interview_with_fr_jonah_on_the_jesus_prayer_part_2/ Part 2] (2007)
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**[http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/ourlife/fr_jonah_on_monasticism/ Interview on Monasticism] (2007)
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**Interview on the Healing of the Human Person: [http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/ourlife/father_jonah_on_the_healing_of_the_human_person_part_1/ Part 1], [http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/ourlife/father_jonah_on_the_healing_of_the_human_person_part_2/ Part 2] (2007)
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**[http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/ourlife/fr_jonah_on_why_be_a_monk/ Interview on Why Be a Monk] (2007)
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**[http://audio.ancientfaith.com/specials/svs/paffhausen.mp3 Episcopacy, Primacy and the Mother Churches: A Monastic Perspective]] (from a meeting of the [[Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius]]) (2008)
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** From the 15th All-American Council (2008)
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***[http://audio.ancientfaith.com/specials/aac2008/aac_2008-11-11bpjonah.mp3 Remarks], addressing moving forward after the OCA scandals (the night before his election)
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***[http://audio.ancientfaith.com/specials/aac2008/aac_2008-11-12-metjonah_interview.mp3 Interview after election as metropolitan]
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***[http://audio.ancientfaith.com/specials/aac2008/aac_2008-11-12_metjonah_vision.mp3 Vision for the Future]
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*[http://www.stspress.com/detail.aspx?ID=2746 From Psychology to Spirituality] (CD set)
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Metr. Jonah at his election as metropolitan

His Beatitude, the Most Blessed Jonah (Paffhausen) of Washington and New York is the primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). He was elected as metropolitan on November 12, 2008, and is scheduled to be formally installed on December 28, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Metr. Jonah is also the first convert to the Orthodox faith to be elected as the OCA's primate.

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Life

James Paffhausen was born in Chicago, Illinois, and baptized into the Episcopal Church. His family later moved to La Jolla, California, near San Diego. In 1978, he was received into the Orthodox Church at Our Lady of Kazan Church (Moscow Patriarchate) while studying at the University of California - San Diego. James later transferred to UC - Santa Cruz and helped to establish an OCF chapter there.

After graduation from UCSC, James went on to study at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, graduating in 1985 with an M.Div. and again in 1988 with an M.Th. in Dogmatic Theology. In 1989, he began doctoral studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, but interrupted his studies to spend a year in Russia, working for Russkiy Palomnik in the publishing arm of the Moscow Patriarchate. During his time in Russia, he was introduced to Russian spirituality and its particular form of monastic life.

He eventually joined Valaam Monastery as a novice, coming under the spiritual direction of Archimandrite Pankratiy, the monastery's abbot. Fr. Pankratiy's spiritual father, Elder Kyrill of Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, later blessed James to become a hieromonk.

In 1994, James was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood, and then in the following year, he was tonsured a monastic at St. Tikhon's Monastery, South Canaan, Pennsylvania, receiving the name Jonah.

Hmk. Jonah returned to his home state of California, serving a number of mission parishes there and later given the obedience to establish a monastery. In 1996, St. John of San Francisco Monastery was founded in Point Reyes, California (later moving to Manton). During his tenure as abbot, Fr. Jonah grew the monastic community to more than fifteen members. In this period, he also worked to establish Californian missions in Merced, Sonora, Chico, Eureka, Redding, and Susanville, among others, and in Kona, Hawaii.

In 2008, Fr. Jonah was elevated to the rank of archimandrite and sent from the monastery to take on the duties of being an auxiliary bishop for the OCA's Diocese of the South. In September of that year, he was officially elected to that position, and then on November 1 consecrated in Dallas as Bishop of Fort Worth, led by Abp. Dmitri (Royster) of Dallas, then locum tenens of the OCA's metropolitan see.

Eleven days later, on November 12, Bishop Jonah was elected as Metropolitan of the OCA. His formal installation in Washington, D.C., is scheduled for December 28, 2008.


Succession box:
Jonah (Paffhausen) of Washington
Preceded by:
founding abbot
Abbot of the Monastery of St. John of San Francisco
1996-2008
Succeeded by:
Meletios (Webber)
Preceded by:
unknown
Bishop of Fort Worth
2008
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Herman (Swaiko)
Archbishop of Washington and New York,
Metropolitan of All America and Canada (OCA)

2008-present
Succeeded by:
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