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His Beatitude the Most Reverend [[Metropolitan]] ''' [[Ireney (Bekish) of New York]]''' was born on [[October 2]], 1892, in Mezhirech in Lublin province, which today is in southeast Poland. After graduating from seminary, he [[ marriage| married]] and was employed as a [[ reader]] , until 1916 when he entered the [[ clergy]]. After [[ ordination]] as a [[ deacon]], he was ordained a [[priest]] by [[Bishop]] Seraphim of Belsk on [[August 1]], 1916. On [[March 20]], 1952, Fr. John arrived with his family in the United States and was assigned as the priest of Holy Trinity Church in McAdoo, Pennsylvania. On [[ March 31]] , 1953, his wife Xenia died and was buried in the Holy Trinity cemetery in MacAdoo.
After being elected Bishop of Tokyo, then a [[diocese]] in the Metropolia, Fr. John was [[ tonsure]] d a [[ monk]] on [[May 28]], 1953, and given the name of Ireney. Transferred back to the United States on [[ June 14]] , 1960, Abp. Ireney was appointed Archbishop of Boston and of the Diocese of New England. He was also made a special assistant to Metr. Leonty who was aging and ailing. With Metr. Leonty's death on [[ May 14]], 1965, Abp. Ireney was elected [[Locum Tenens]] by the Great Council of Bishops pending the election of a new Metropolitan.
Under his leadership the central administration continued to mature and negotiations actively began with the [[Patriarch]] of Moscow to resolve the ill feelings that had developed since the Bolshevik Revolution, and which resolved into the granting of [[autocephaly]] to the Metropolia as the [[Orthodox Church in America]].
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