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Andrew (Vujisić)

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He completed his undergraduate studies at Thomas Edison State College, and earned his Licentiate of Orthodox Sacred Theology at the [[St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Bound Brook, New Jersey)|St Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary]]. He also completed a M.A. Ed. degree, with Honors, at the University of Phoenix; a D. Min. in Marriage and Family Therapy (''Summa cum laude'') at Southern Christian University; and a Ph.D. in English and Applied Linguistics at Rhodes University. Recently he has further earned a Th.D. in Practical Theology from the University of South Africa with his doctoral dissertation on ''The Impact of Neptic-Psychotherapeutic Treatment on Self-Reported Depressive Symptomatology and Comorbid Anxiety''. He was also elected to "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges" in recognition of his academic accomplishments and scholarship.
He returned to Australia in 1981, and after receiving the [[monasticism|monastic]] [[tonsure]], he was [[ordination|ordained]] to the [[diaconate]] on January 29 ([[January 2916]], O. S.), 1988, and to the [[priest]]hood on February 15 ([[February 152]], O. S.), 1989. After his ordination, he served as assistant priest in St. Mary's Orthodox Parish in Sydney, Australia, where he was instrumental in bringing many converts to Orthodoxy, several of whom now serve as Orthodox [[clergy]]men. He also served as interim [[rector]] of Holy Annunciation Romanian Orthodox Parish and of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Parish, both in the Sydney metropolitan area.
From 1982 through 1995, Fr. Andrew served as director of St. Mary's Orthodox Community Welfare Center and coordinator of the parish's Community Refugee Sponsorship Program. He was also the administrator of the Archdiocesan Community Housing Program, which provided low cost housing for underprivileged families. Additionally, he served as Archdiocesan Religious Education Coordinator for Public Schools from 1991 through 1995.
In 1996, Fr. Andrew arrived in the Caribbean where he established St. Spyridon’s Orthodox Mission, the first Orthodox parish in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite by Metropolitan Athenagoras of Mexico on December 13 ([[December 13November 30]], O. S.), 1999.
In addition to his pastoral duties, Fr Andrew serves as a professor of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, and as a counselor/therapist at the University's Resource Center for Counseling and Professional Orientation. He was recently appointed Director of the University's Center for Language. He is also the editor of Puerto Rico's only ambilingual linguistic journal, ''Glossa'', which is distributed globally.
On [[September 29]], 2009, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected [[Archimandrite]] Andrew as [[Bishop]] of Tralles. The [ announcement of his election], citing the growing number of Orthodox immigrants to Latin American countries who are deprived of pastoral care, states that the Bishop-elect will assume the responsibility of establishing and administering pan-Orthodox communities wherever necessary.
Archimandrite Andrew will be [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] to the episcopacy by His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch, at the Patriarchal Cathedral of St George in the Phanar on November 21 ([[November 218]], O. S.), 2009, on which day he observes his [[Slava|''Krsna Slava'']].

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