[[Image:Met.theo.jpg|right|frame|Metropolitan Theodosius]]His Beatitude, Metropolitan '''Theodosius (Lazor) of Washington''', was the [[primate]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]] (OCA) from 1977 until 2002.
Metropolitan Theodosius was born in Canonsburg, PA in 1933 to immigrant parents from Galicia, in what is today the southeastern corner of Poland. After completing undergraduate studies at Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA, he enrolled in [[Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary]], New York, from which he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1960. He spent the next year pursuing additional studies at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland, touring the Holy Land, and visiting Orthodox Christian centers throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Upon returning to the US in 1961, he took [[monasticism|monastic]] vows and was [[ordination|ordained]] to the [[diaconate]] and [[priest]]hood. From 1961 through 1966 he served as [[rector]] of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Church, Madison, IL and as an assistant military [[chaplain]].