Tikhon (Mollard) of Washington

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Archimandrite Tikhon was born Marc R. Mollard in Boston, MA on July 15, 1966, the oldest of three children born to Francois and Elizabeth Mollard. After brief periods living in Connecticut, France, and Missouri, he and his family settled in Reading, PA, where he graduated from Wyomissing High School in 1984. In 1988 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Sociology from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, after which he moved to Chicago.  
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His Beatitude, the Most Blessed '''Tikhon (Mollard) of Washington''' was elected [[primate]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]] (OCA)  at the 17th [[All-American Council]]. His title is "Archbishop of [[Diocese of Washington (OCA)|Washington]], Metropolitan of All America and Canada".
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==Life==
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Bishop Tikhon was born Marc R. Mollard in Boston, Massachusetts on [[July 15]], 1966, the oldest of three children born to Francois and Elizabeth Mollard. After brief periods living in Connecticut, France, and Missouri, he and his family settled in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Wyomissing High School in 1984. In 1988 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Sociology from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, after which he moved to Chicago, where he attended services at Ss. Peter and Paul Church ([[OCA]]).
  
In 1989 he was received into the Orthodox Church from Episcopalianism and, in the fall of the same year, he began studies at Saint Tikhon Seminary, South Canaan, PA. One year later he entered the monastic community at Saint Tikhon Monastery as a novice.  
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In 1989 he was received into the Orthodox Church from [[Anglican Communion|Episcopalianism]], and, in the fall of the same year, he began studies at [[St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)|St. Tikhon's Seminary]] in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. One year later he entered the [[monasticism|monastic]] community at [[St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)|St. Tikhon's Monastery]] as a [[novice]].  
  
After receiving his Master of Divinity degree from Saint Tikhon Seminary in 1993, he was appointed instructor in Old Testament at Saint Tikhon Seminary. He continues to serve as Senior Lecturer in Old Testament, teaching Master level courses in the Prophets and the Psalms and Wisdom Literature. He is also an instructor in the seminary's Extension Studies program, offering courses in the lives of the Old Testament saints, the liturgical use of the Old Testament, and the Old Testament in patristic literature.  
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After receiving his Master of Divinity degree from St. Tikhon's in 1993, he was appointed as an instructor in [[Old Testament]] Studies there. He continues to serve as senior lecturer in Old Testament, teaching master's level courses in the [[prophet]]s and the [[Psalms]] and Wisdom Literature. He is also an instructor in the seminary's extension studies program, offering courses in the lives of the Old Testament [[saint]]s, the liturgical use of the Old Testament, and the Old Testament in [[patristics|patristic]] literature.  
  
Archimandrite Tikhon collaborated with Igumen Alexander (Golitzin) in the publication of "The Living Witness of the Holy Mountain," published by Saint Tikhon Seminary Press, by illustrating this classic book about Mount Athos.  
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In 1995 he was [[tonsure]]d to the lesser schema by His Eminence [[Archbishop]] [[Herman (Swaiko) of Washington and New York|Herman]] and given the name Tikhon, in honor of St. [[Tikhon of Moscow|Patriarch Tikhon]], Enlightener of North America. Later that year he was [[ordination|ordaine]]d to the Holy [[deacon|Diaconate]] and Holy [[Priest]]hood at St. Tikhon's Monastery. In 1998 he was elevated to the rank of [[igumen]] and in 2000 to the rank of [[archimandrite]].  
  
In 1995 he was tonsured to the Lesser Schema by His Eminence, Archbishop Herman, and given the name Tikhon, in honor of Saint Patriarch Tikhon, Enlightener of North America. Later that year he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate and Holy Priesthood at Saint Tikhon Monastery. In 1998 he was elevated to the rank of Igumen, and in 2000 to the rank of Archimandrite.  
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Archimandrite Tikhon collaborated with Igumen [[Alexander Golitzin|Alexander (Golitzin)]] in the publication of "The Living Witness of the Holy Mountain," published by St. Tikhon Seminary Press, by illustrating this classic book about [[Mount Athos]].  
  
In December 2002, he was appointed by Metropolitan Herman to serve as Deputy Abbot of Saint Tikhon Monastery.
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In December 2002, he was appointed by [[Metropolitan]] Herman to serve as deputy abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery. Archimandrite Tikhon  was consecrated to the episcopacy at the monastery on Saturday, [[February 14]], 2004 by his Beatitude Herman, becoming Bishop of South Canaan.
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On [[October 29]], 2005, Bishop Tikhon was officially installed as the ruling [[hierarch]] of the [[Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania (OCA)|Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania]] during [[Divine Liturgy]] at the Saint Stephen Cathedral.
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On [[May 9]], 2012, he was elevated to the dignity of Archbishop, and on November 13, 2012, Archbishop Tikhon was elected Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.
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==External link==
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*[http://oca.org/News.asp?ID=867&SID=19 Bishop Tikhon installed as ruling hierarch of the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania] - OCA Web site.
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*[http://oca.org/news/headline-news/archbishop-tikhon-elected-metropolitan-of-all-american-and-canada Archbishop Tikhon elected Metropolitan of All America and Canada] - OCA Web site.
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Latest revision as of 07:01, November 20, 2012

His Beatitude, the Most Blessed Tikhon (Mollard) of Washington was elected primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) at the 17th All-American Council. His title is "Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada".

Life

Bishop Tikhon was born Marc R. Mollard in Boston, Massachusetts on July 15, 1966, the oldest of three children born to Francois and Elizabeth Mollard. After brief periods living in Connecticut, France, and Missouri, he and his family settled in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Wyomissing High School in 1984. In 1988 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Sociology from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, after which he moved to Chicago, where he attended services at Ss. Peter and Paul Church (OCA).

In 1989 he was received into the Orthodox Church from Episcopalianism, and, in the fall of the same year, he began studies at St. Tikhon's Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. One year later he entered the monastic community at St. Tikhon's Monastery as a novice.

After receiving his Master of Divinity degree from St. Tikhon's in 1993, he was appointed as an instructor in Old Testament Studies there. He continues to serve as senior lecturer in Old Testament, teaching master's level courses in the prophets and the Psalms and Wisdom Literature. He is also an instructor in the seminary's extension studies program, offering courses in the lives of the Old Testament saints, the liturgical use of the Old Testament, and the Old Testament in patristic literature.

In 1995 he was tonsured to the lesser schema by His Eminence Archbishop Herman and given the name Tikhon, in honor of St. Patriarch Tikhon, Enlightener of North America. Later that year he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate and Holy Priesthood at St. Tikhon's Monastery. In 1998 he was elevated to the rank of igumen and in 2000 to the rank of archimandrite.

Archimandrite Tikhon collaborated with Igumen Alexander (Golitzin) in the publication of "The Living Witness of the Holy Mountain," published by St. Tikhon Seminary Press, by illustrating this classic book about Mount Athos.

In December 2002, he was appointed by Metropolitan Herman to serve as deputy abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery. Archimandrite Tikhon was consecrated to the episcopacy at the monastery on Saturday, February 14, 2004 by his Beatitude Herman, becoming Bishop of South Canaan.

On October 29, 2005, Bishop Tikhon was officially installed as the ruling hierarch of the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania during Divine Liturgy at the Saint Stephen Cathedral.

On May 9, 2012, he was elevated to the dignity of Archbishop, and on November 13, 2012, Archbishop Tikhon was elected Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.

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Tikhon (Mollard) of Washington
Preceded by:
Bishop of South Canaan
2004-2005
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Herman (Swaiko)
Bishop of Philadelphia (OCA)
2005-2012
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Jonah (Paffhausen)
Archbishop of Washington,
Metropolitan of All America and Canada (OCA)

2012-present
Succeeded by:
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