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David (Mahaffey) of Sitka

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'''David Mahaffey''' is an [[archpriest]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]] who was nominated on [[September 15]], 2012 by the delegates to the Assembly of the [[Diocese of Alaska (OCA)|Diocese of Alaska]] as the candidate for election as [[Diocese of Alaska (OCA)|Bishop of Sitka and Alaska]] by the [[Holy Synod]].
David Mahaffey was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1952. In 1973, he married the former Karen Meterko with whom he had four children. In 1975, David was received into the Orthodox Christian faith. In 1997, he received a Master of Divinity degree from [[Saint St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary|St. Tikhon’s Seminary]] in South Canaan, Pennsylvania.  In 2003, he graduated from the University of Scranton with Bachelors degrees in Theology and Philosophy. In 2005, he also received his Master of Arts degree in theology from the University of Scranton.
He was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] in 1981 and served at various [[parish]]es of the [[Diocese of Western Pennsylvania (OCA)|Diocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania]].  He was ordained a [[priest]] in 1993 and was assigned as rector of the Church of St. Michael in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, serving until 2006, when he was transferred to the pastorate of Holy Trinity Church in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. In 2007, Fr. David's wife Karen fell asleep in the Lord. In 2009, he was assigned rector of St. Nicholas Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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