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Basil (Essey) of Wichita

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His Grace received his primary and secondary education in the public schools of Monessen. In 1970 he received his B.A. in Psychology from California State University of Pennsylvania in California, Pennsylvania. He entered [[St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary]] in Crestwood, New York, in 1970 and received his M.Div. in 1973. From 1973 until 1975 he served as pastoral assistant at St. George Church in Detroit, Michigan, and from 1975 until 1986 he served as director of the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America|Archdiocese]]'s Department of Youth Affairs with offices at the main chancery of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America in Englewood, New Jersey. While working in that capacity, he served as assistant pastor at St. Anthony Church in Bergenfield, New Jersey, and instructor of Contemporary [[Byzantine Chant]] at St. Vladimir's Seminary from 1980 until 1986. During 1986 and 1987 he resided at the [[St. John of Damascus Patriarchal Institute of Theology (Tripoli, Lebanon)]] at the [[Balamand Monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos]] in the al-Koura region of north Lebanon where he studied, taught and did research and translations for ''The Liturgikon: The Book of Divine Services for the Priest and Deacon'', which was published by the Archdiocese's [[Antakya Press]] in 1989 (reprinted in 1994).
[[Image:Basil Essey2.jpg|left|Bishop Basil]]
===Ordinations and Tonsure===
[[Image:Basil Essey2Essey3.jpg|leftright|frame|Bishop Basilat the glorification of [[Raphael of Brooklyn|St. Raphael]]]]
His Grace was nominated for [[bishop]] ([[auxiliary bishop|auxiliary]] to Metropolitan Philip) by the General Assembly of the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]] on [[July 26]], 1991, and was elected to the episcopacy (with the titular see of Enfeh al-Koura in north Lebanon) by the [[Holy Synod]] of the [[Church of Antioch|Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of the Great City-of-God Antioch and all the East]] on [[November 14]], 1991. He was consecrated to the episcopacy on May 31, 1992, at St. George Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas, by Metropolitan Philip of the Archdiocese of North America, Metropolitan [[Elias (Audi) of Beirut]], Bishop [[Antoun (Khouri) of Miami|Antoun (Khouri)]], titular bishop of Seleucia and auxiliary of the Archdiocese of North America, and the late Archbishop [[Michael (Shaheen) of Toledo]], Ohio, auxiliary of the Archdiocese of North America. From 1992 until 1995 he resided at the Los Angeles Chancery, and in September 1995 he took up residence at the Wichita Chancery. By a decision of the [[Holy Synod]] of the Patriarchate dated [[October 9]], 2003, His Grace became a diocesan bishop and, since his enthronement on [[December 15]], 2004, bears the title of '''Bishop of Wichita and Mid-America'''.
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