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His Grace, the Right Reverend SERAPHIM (Storheim) is the Ruling Bishop of the Orthodox Church in America's [http://www.archdiocese.ca Archdiocese of Canada], Secretary to the Holy Synod of Bishops, and Chair of the Church's Department of External Affairs. Bishop SERAPHIM also has the distinction of being the first Canadian to be consecrated to the episcopacy within the Orthodox Church.  
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[[Image:Abp_seraphim.jpg|right|frame|Archbishop Seraphim]]His Eminence, the Most Reverend '''Seraphim (Storheim), Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada''' is the ruling [[bishop]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]]'s [[Archdiocese of Canada (OCA)|Archdiocese of Canada]], secretary to the [[holy synod]], and Chair of the Church's Department of External Affairs. Archbishop Seraphim also has the distinction of being the first Canadian to be [[ordination|consecrated to the episcopacy]] within the OCA. He is currently on a leave of absence effective October 1, 2010.
  
== Early Life ==
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==Life==
Born in Edmonton on January 25, 1946, Kenneth William Storheim came from a Norwegian and Scottish background, and was raised in the Lutheran Church. His personal studies and zealous spiritual searching led him to Anglicanism and later to Orthodoxy.
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Abp. Seraphim was born Kenneth William Storheim in Edmonton, Alberta on [[January 25]], 1946, of Norwegian and Scottish parents, and was raised in the Lutheran church.  
  
He graduated from Bonnie Doone High School in Edmonton and took a general Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alberta, contemplating a career in music. While there "the Lord backed him into a comer", and young Storheim went on to the Vancouver School of Theology. His stay in Vancouver brought him to [http://www.holyres.org Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church]where, among the local Russian parishioners, he met for the first time converts to Orthodoxy from a Canadian background. After a while he became acquainted with the clergy of the church: Archpriests Oleg Boldireff, Peter Kurzemnek, John Karateev, later with Bishop Joasaph and with some original parishioners, like Mr. Anatole Portnoff, the singer of the Church choir. The future bishop was delighted by the Orthodox Church services and Church music and became a frequent visitor here. In this church the "seed of true faith fell on good soil in his heart and the plant grew and bore grain in abundance", but not before he went through a few more years of searching and contemplation.
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Receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta, Seraphim also studied at the Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia. A former Anglican [[rector]] and accomplished musician, he was received into the Orthodox Church in 1978, accepting as his heavenly patron St. [[Seraphim of Sarov]]. He then attended [[St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary]] in Crestwood, New York, where he graduated and received the Master of Theology degree in 1981.  
  
== Journey to Orthodoxy ==
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Prior to his consecration to the episcopacy, His Eminence lived at [[New Valamo|New Valaam]] monastery in Finland, and served as a [[parish]] [[priest]] in communities throughout the United States and Canada.
After his graduation from the Vancouver School of Theology, Kenneth was ordained into the Anglican priesthood in 1972. He served six years in Edmonton (1972-74) and in Ponoka, Alberta (1974-78). Throughout these years he became more and more disillusioned with Anglicanism, which tended to change dramatically. During this time Fr. Kenneth deepened his ties with the Orthodox Church whose presence was visible especially in Alberta. Here he attended many Orthodox churches and met many Orthodox Christians both clergy and laymen and learned that the Orthodox Church was keeping the tradition of the Apostolic faith. Fr. Kenneth liked what he found in Orthodoxy and came to a firm conclusion by himself that he wanted to become Orthodox. Once having decided, he acted upon it quickly.
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He was consecrated [[auxiliary bishop]] of Edmonton in 1987, and became ruling bishop of the [[archdiocese]] in 1990.  He was elevated to the rank of [[archbishop]] at the Spring 2007 meeting of the OCA's Holy Synod.
  
== Theological and Priestly Formation ==
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As secretary of the Holy Synod of the OCA, His Eminence has served in a number of administrative capacities for the holy synod, and has also travelled extensively in Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East, and throughout Europe.
In August 1978, Kenneth Storheim was received into Holy Orthodoxy with the name Seraphim at [http://www.sthermans.ca St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church] in Edmonton, accepting as his heavenly patron St. Seraphim of Sarov. Then he was admitted into [http://www.svots.edu St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary] in New York, where he received the Masters degree in Theology. He was ordained to the Holy Deaconate by Archbishop Sylvester at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on October 28, 1979 and to the Holy Priesthood by Metropolitan Theodosius in the chapel of Three Saints at St. Vladimir's Seminary on November 21,1979. He graduated as a Master of Divinity in 1981.
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During the two latter years in the Seminary, Fr. Seraphim lived as a monk and spent several months at the New Valaamo Monastery in Finland, to where he was invited by the late Archbishop Paul of Finland. While being tonsured monastic he took as his protector St. Seraphim, the New Martyr of Constantinople.  
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Although often on the road visiting the many and far-flung communities of the Archdiocese, as well as representing the OCA internationally, Abp. Seraphim's residence is an hour south of Ottawa, near Johnstown, at the Archdiocesan Centre, Fair Haven.
  
From the Spring of 1981 Fr. Seraphim served as a traveling and supply priest in Alberta, North Carolina and Ontario until becoming Rector of Holy Trinity Sobor in Winnipeg on December 1, 1984. In this particular year he also accompanied St. Vladimir's Seminarian Octet across the USA and Canada. Throughout his eight years as an Orthodox priest Father Seraphim served faithfully as a devoted pastor, caring for and loving his flock and giving his wisdom, knowledge and energy to the service of the Church and to its people. Thus it happened only naturally that he became a candidate for the bishopric.  
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On [[September 4]], 2008, following the retirement of Metropolitan Herman due to ill health (and pending back surgery), the Holy Synod of the OCA named Abp. Seraphim the administrator of the Metropolitan’s [[See]] and to assist His Eminence, [[Dmitri (Royster) of Dallas|Dmitri]] who was appointed the ''[[locum tenens]]''.  
  
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In late September 2010 the Lesser Synod meeting in Oyster Bay Cove, NY heard a report that Canadian police were investigating a complaint of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Seraphim. This act was alleged to have taken place thirty years prior when Archbishop Seraphim was a priest in Winnipeg. He was placed on a three-month leave of absence as the investigation continued and his episcopal responsibilities were being managed by [[Irénée (Rochon) of Quebec City|Bishop Irenee]].
  
== First Canadian-Born Orthodox Bishop ==
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==See also==
In the meantime, the office of the Diocesan Bishop in Canada had been vacant since Archbishop Sylvester retired on July 1, 1981. The Diocesan Assembly held in Winnipeg in June of 1984 noted that while Metropolitan Theodosius, as the "Locum Tenens", was devoting as much time and effort to the Canadian flock as possible, the geographically vast Archdiocese should have a Bishop of its own. This led to the following: in November of 1986 the Diocesan Council nominated Father Seraphim to the episcopate, in March 1987 the Holy Synod accepted the nomination and decided for him to be "Bishop of Edmonton", the auxiliary to the ruling Bishop of Canada. Thus, during the Great Lent Father Seraphim was tonsured to become a monk and on the Holy Pascha of 1987 the Hieromonk Seraphim was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite.
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* [[Archdiocese of Canada (OCA)]]
  
On June 13, 1987, at the end of the Diocesan Assembly of the Archdiocese of Canada, Archimandrite Seraphim was consecrated Bishop in St. Herman's Orthodox Church in Edmonton. Becoming the first Canadian born bishop to rule, later on, the Canadian Archdiocese of the Orthodox Church in America.  
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==External Links==
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* [http://archdiocese.ca Archdiocese of Canada] (Official Site)
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* [http://www.archdiocese.ca/e_bishop/archbishop.htm Official biography]
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* [http://www.archdiocese.ca/archivesbishops.htm List of Bishops of Canada]
  
The solemn ceremony of the consecration was headed by the Primate of the Church, His Beatitude Theodosius, Archbishop of Washington, DC, Metropolitan to, did not changed through the centuries, of All-America and Canada, together with His Grace, the Right Reverend Nathaniel, Bishop of Detroit and His Grace, the Right Reverend Boris, Bishop of Chicago. Co-celebrating were: Archpriest Daniel Hubiak, the Chancellor of the OCA, Archpriest John Tkachuk, the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Protodeacon Basil Hubiak and the clergy of the Archdiocese present at the Assembly. The care for the protocol of the services was in the hands of Archpriests Robert Kondratik (for the OCA Chancery) and Stephen Keaschuk (for the local church).
 
  
On the eve of the Consecration, Archimandrite Seraphim officially accepted his election as Bishop, affirmed his allegiance to the fundamental Orthodox doctrine and promised to faithfully serve the Church and his flock.
 
  
During the Divine Liturgy the Bishops laid their hands on his head, held an open Bible over him and prayed that he would be "a leader of the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, a luminary to the world".
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The Primate of the Church, Metropolitan Theodosius, vested the new Bishop, placing the saccos over him and giving him other ornaments of his new position in the Church. The Bishops and the clergy, as well as the worshippers present in the church, shouted "Axios" (Greek for "he is worthy') as each article of the vestment was put on him.
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At the end, the new Bishop took in his hands the dikirion and trikirion, the ceremonial candleholders used by Bishops and blessed with them those in the church. "Eis pola eti Despota" - Many years Master! - Sung the church.  
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It was an unforgettable event. The day was beautiful, sunny and warm, the service was magnificent, and we all, who were lucky enough to witness the ceremony of the consecration of the new Bishop, a ceremony which goes back to the early days of the Christian Church, were so tremendously happy to see our new Vladika with the dikirion and trikirion in his hands blessing us, his unworthy servants.
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[[Category:Converts to Orthodox Christianity]]
Bishop Seraphim has said that giving Orthodoxy a higher profile in Canadian society is one of his priorities. He is a tireless worker for Orthodox unity and the unity of the Archdiocese. He seeks to imbue the faithful with the spirit of the Gospel, missionary fervour, and is much beloved by the faithful of the Archdiocese.
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Revision as of 15:33, August 19, 2012

Archbishop Seraphim
His Eminence, the Most Reverend Seraphim (Storheim), Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada is the ruling bishop of the Orthodox Church in America's Archdiocese of Canada, secretary to the holy synod, and Chair of the Church's Department of External Affairs. Archbishop Seraphim also has the distinction of being the first Canadian to be consecrated to the episcopacy within the OCA. He is currently on a leave of absence effective October 1, 2010.

Life

Abp. Seraphim was born Kenneth William Storheim in Edmonton, Alberta on January 25, 1946, of Norwegian and Scottish parents, and was raised in the Lutheran church.

Receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta, Seraphim also studied at the Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia. A former Anglican rector and accomplished musician, he was received into the Orthodox Church in 1978, accepting as his heavenly patron St. Seraphim of Sarov. He then attended St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York, where he graduated and received the Master of Theology degree in 1981.

Prior to his consecration to the episcopacy, His Eminence lived at New Valaam monastery in Finland, and served as a parish priest in communities throughout the United States and Canada.

He was consecrated auxiliary bishop of Edmonton in 1987, and became ruling bishop of the archdiocese in 1990. He was elevated to the rank of archbishop at the Spring 2007 meeting of the OCA's Holy Synod.

As secretary of the Holy Synod of the OCA, His Eminence has served in a number of administrative capacities for the holy synod, and has also travelled extensively in Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East, and throughout Europe.

Although often on the road visiting the many and far-flung communities of the Archdiocese, as well as representing the OCA internationally, Abp. Seraphim's residence is an hour south of Ottawa, near Johnstown, at the Archdiocesan Centre, Fair Haven.

On September 4, 2008, following the retirement of Metropolitan Herman due to ill health (and pending back surgery), the Holy Synod of the OCA named Abp. Seraphim the administrator of the Metropolitan’s See and to assist His Eminence, Dmitri who was appointed the locum tenens.

In late September 2010 the Lesser Synod meeting in Oyster Bay Cove, NY heard a report that Canadian police were investigating a complaint of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Seraphim. This act was alleged to have taken place thirty years prior when Archbishop Seraphim was a priest in Winnipeg. He was placed on a three-month leave of absence as the investigation continued and his episcopal responsibilities were being managed by Bishop Irenee.

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Seraphim (Storheim) of Ottawa
Preceded by:
Joasph (Antoniuk)
Archbishop of Edmonton
(OCA)

1987-1990
Succeeded by:
?
Preceded by:
Theodosius (Lazor)
locum tenens
Archbishop of Ottawa
(OCA)

1990-present
Succeeded by:
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