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His GraceBeatitude, Bishop the Most Blessed '''Tikhon (Mollard) of PhiladelphiaWashington''' is the ruling was elected [[bishopprimate]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]] (OCA) at the 17th [[All-American Council]]. His title is "Archbishop of [[Dioceseof Washington (OCA)|Washington]] , Metropolitan of Eastern PennsylvaniaAll 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 [[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 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.  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]].  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 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 Eastern Pennsylvania (OCA)|Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania]] during [[Divine Liturgy]] at the Saint Stephen Cathedral.
In 1989 On [[May 9]], 2012, he was received into elevated to the Orthodox Church from Episcopalianism dignity of Archbishop, andon November 13, in the fall of the same year2012, he began studies at [[St. Archbishop Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)|St. Tikhon Seminary, South Canaan]], Pennsylvania. One year later he entered was elected Primate of the monastic community at [[St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)|St. Tikhon Monastery]] as a [[novice]]Church in America.
After receiving his Master of Divinity degree from St==External link==*[http://oca. Tikhon Seminary in 1993, he was appointed instructor in Old Testament at Storg/News. asp?ID=867&SID=19 Bishop Tikhon [[Seminary]]. He continues to serve installed as Senior Lecturer in Old Testament, teaching Master level courses in ruling hierarch of the Prophets Diocese of Philadelphia and the Psalms and Wisdom LiteratureEastern Pennsylvania] - OCA Web site. He is also an instructor in the seminary's Extension Studies program, offering courses in the lives *[http://oca.org/news/headline-news/archbishop-tikhon-elected-metropolitan-of the Old Testament saints, the liturgical use -all-american-and-canada Archbishop Tikhon elected Metropolitan of the Old Testament, All America and the Old Testament in patristic literatureCanada] - OCA Web site.
In 1995 he was [[tonsure]]d 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 [[ordination|ordaine]]d to the Holy [[deacon|Diaconate]] and Holy [[Priest]]hood at St. Tikhon 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 {{start box}}{{succession|before=&mdash;|title=Bishop of South Canaan|years=2004-2005|after=&mdash;}}{{succession|before=[[Herman (GolitzinSwaiko) in the publication of "The Living Witness Washington and New York|Herman (Swaiko)]]|title=[[Diocese of the Holy MountainEastern Pennsylvania (OCA)|Bishop of Philadelphia (OCA)]]|years=2005-2012|after=&mdash;}}{{succession|before=[[Jonah (Paffhausen) of Washington and New York|Jonah (Paffhausen)]]|title=[[Diocese of Washington (OCA)|Archbishop of Washington]]," published by St. Tikhon Seminary Press, by illustrating this classic book about <br>[[Mount AthosOCA|Metropolitan of All America and Canada (OCA)]]. |years=2012-present|after=&mdash;}}{{end box}}
In December 2002, he was appointed by [[Metropolitan]] Herman to serve as Deputy Abbot of St. Tikhon Monastery.
[[Category: Bishops]][[Category:Bishops of Washington]][[Category:Bishops of Philadelphia]][[Category:Bishops of South Canaan]][[Category:21st-century bishops]][[Category:Monastics]][[Category:Converts to Orthodox Christianity|Mollard]][[Category:Converts to Orthodox Christianity from Protestantism|Mollard]][[Category:St. Tikhon's Seminary Graduates]][[Category:Metropolitans of the OCA]]

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