Alejo (Pacheco y Vera) of Mexico City
His Grace, the Right Reverend Bishop Alejo (Pacheco y Vera) of Mexico City is the ruling bishop of the OCA's Diocese of Mexico (succeeding Abp. Dmitri (Royster), who had been its exarch). His Grace was installed on January 18, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Ascension of Our Lord in Mexico City by Metr. Jonah of Washington and other members of the Holy Synod.
The future Bishop Alejo was born in Mexico on September 6, 1954, the son of Eusebio Pacheco and Maria C. Cera-Villeda. He was received into the Orthodox faith on August 1, 1972. He pursued studies of Orthodox theology under programs offered by Metr. Antonio Chedraoui, the Antiochian Orthodox Bishop of Mexico City, which eventually led him to enter monastic life. On July 8, 1978, he was tonsured a monk by Bishop José of Mexico City with the name Alejo.
On January 14, 1979, he was ordained deacon and assigned to the Cathedral of the Ascension of Our Lord (La Catedral de la Ascensión del Señor) in Mexico City. He was ordained a priest on March 1, 1981. While continuing to serve at the cathedral, he served the many missions throughout the State of Chiapas.
In 2001, he was elevated to the monastic rank of igumen by the Synod of Bishops. Two years later he was elevated to archimandrite. On May 28, 2005, Archimandrite Alejo was consecrated Bishop of Mexico City, auxiliary to Metropolitan Herman, at St. Tikhon's Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, following his election by the Synod of Bishops in March 2005. On October 16, 2008, the Synod of Bishops of the OCA elected His Grace, Bishop Alejo as the ruling Bishop of Mexico City and the Exarchate of Mexico.