His Grace GEORGE,
Bishop of Mayfield

Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese

Right Reverend Bishop George
505 Holy Cross Road
Wayne, WV 25570-9755

bpgeorges@gmail.com 

Rector of St. John the Baptist Cathedral, Mayfield, PA
Abbot of
Holy Cross Monastery

         

   

BIOGRAPHY OF BISHOP GEORGE

The future bishop George, Paul Schaefer, was born on May 25, 1950, in Belleville, Illinois. He graduated from Catholic High School in 1968 and then attended Southern Illinois University from 1968 to 1972. In 1974 he was received into the Greek Orthodox Church in Modesto, CA, and given the name Makarios in honor of Saint Makarios the Great. He joined the Russian Church Abroad in San Francisco in May 1975 and entered Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, New York in September 1975.

On Christmas, January 7, 1976, Makarios was made a novice by Archbishop Averky (Taushev). As a novice his obediences in the monastery were working in the farm and cemetery. After a few years in the monastery he was made a riassophor monk on Friday of the First Week of Lent, 1979 and tonsured to the small schema on Friday of the First Week of Lent, 1980, and given the name Mitrophan in honor of Saint Mitrophan of Voronezh. He was ordained a subdeacon on Palm Sunday of the same year. In 1980, he graduated from Holy Trinity Seminary.

Fr. Mitrophan was sent to Mount Athos by Archbishop Laurus in June of 1981. He was tonsured to the great schema by Hieromonk Nektarios of Koutloumousiou Monastery, Mt. Athos, and given the name George in honor of Saint George the Great-Martyr.

In February, 1986, Fr. George returned to Holy Trinity Monastery and started working in the Printshop of Saint Job of Pochaev in 1986, where he worked until 1998. He assumed editorial duties on Orthodox Life in 1992.

 Fr. George was ordained a hierodeacon on the feast of St. Michael, 1986, and a hieromonk on Palm Sunday, 1987. In September 1998 he was elevated to the rank of abbot and archimandrite on the Feast of St. Job of Pochaev, 2005.

In 1994, he was appointed as economos of Holy Trinity Monastery and made dean of Holy Trinity Monastery in 2007. He is the author of several articles and translations published in Orthodox Life. He translated the sayings of the Optina Elders published in the book "Living without Hypocrisy," published by HTM Press in 2006. He served as confessor and spiritual father for Holy Trinity Monastery and for the Hermitage of the Holy Cross in Wayne, West Virginia, the largest English-language monastery of the ROCOR.

In May 2008, the Synod of Bishops of the ROCOR elected Archimandrite George as Bishop of Mayfield, Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church confirmed the election in June 2008. On December 7, 2008, Archimandrite George was consecrated to the episcopal office at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York, by Bishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada, Bishop Peter of Cleveland, and Bishop John of Caracas. Bishop George’s place of residence is at Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV, of which he is now abbot.

His Grace NICHOLAS,
Bishop of Manhattan

Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese

Right Reverend Bishop Nicholas
75 East 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128-1390
NOlhovsky@aol.com

Bishop Nicholas (Olhovsky) was born on December 17, 1974, in Trenton, NJ. He graduated from St. Alexander Nevsky Russian Parish School in Lakewood, NJ in May 1991, and in 1993, graduated from Hamilton West High School. In 1998, he graduated from Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY, where he received a Bachelor of Theology Degree. During his studies in seminary, he executed his obediences in the book-binding shop, icon studio, and typographical workshop (working in the latter until 2002). On the feast day of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos in 1994, he was ordained a reader by Bishop Hilarion of Manhattan, vicar of the Eastern American Diocese (today First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad), in Trenton’s Dormition Church. In 2000, he graduated from the State University of New York Technology School, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Information & Communications. From March 1999 to March 2008, he served as cell attendant to Archbishop Laurus (Skurla; from October 2001 to March 2008, Metropolitan).

In May 2004, he accompanied the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad on his first official visit to Russia. In May 2006, he served as a delegate to the 4th All-Diasporan Church Council; on June 12 of that year, he was ordained to the diaconate by Metropolitan Laurus and assigned to Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville. In May 2007, he participated in the celebration of the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion in Moscow, accompanying Metropolitan Laurus on the subsequent pilgrimage to the Kursk Diocese and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. In September 2008, he was assigned to the staff of the Synod of Bishops. In 2009 and 2010, he served as a member of the delegation accompanying the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God to Russia and Ukraine. In December 2010, after the sudden and unexpected death of his Matushka Elisabeth, he was appointed guardian of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God. In January 2011, he was appointed a clergyman of the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. In 2011, he accompanied the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God to the Kursk Diocese and the Metropolia of Kazakhstan; in November 2011, to Australia. On August 1, 2012, he was ordained to the priesthood in St. Seraphim Memorial Church in Sea Cliff, NY. In 2012, he accompanied the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora to the Samara, Kursk, and Perm Dioceses, to Seattle and the Hawaiian Islands. In 2013, he accompanied the Kursk Root Icon to the Canadian Diocese, to Japan and the Primorsk Metropolia of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Fr. Nicholas Olhovsky’s monastic tonsure was performed on April 4, 2014 in Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. In tonsure, Fr. Nicholas was given the name "Nicholas" in honor of the Holy Hierarch Nicholas of Japan. At Divine Liturgy on April 27, the second Sunday of Holy Pascha, in the presence of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God and in accordance with the resolution of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Mark of Berlin & Germany elevated Hieromonk Nicholas to the rank of archimandrite in Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia Cathedral in Munich.

The Rite of Nomination and episcopal Consecration were performed in Joy of All Who Sorrow Cathedral in San Francisco, CA, on Sunday, June 28-29, 2014, during the celebrations in honor of the 20th anniversary of the glorification by the Russian Church Abroad of the Holy Hierarch John of Shanghai & San Francisco. The Consecration was led by the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York.

    


His Grace JEROME,
Bishop of Manhattan
RETIRED

BIOGRAPHY OF BISHOP JEROME

Bishop Jerome (John Robert Shaw) was born on December 21, 1946, and grew up in a small New England town. He came of an old American family, of "Anglo" ancestry, and was raised in the Episcopal (Anglican) Church. He was received into the Orthodox Church by chrismation, on the day after he turned seventeen: on Sunday, December 22, 1963.

After graduation from high school, John studied at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Russian linguistics, with a minor in East European history.

He graduated cum laude in the spring of 1968, and entered Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY.

He was tonsured a reader on September 27, 1970, by Archbishop Averky of blessed memory. After graduation from Jordanville in the class of 1971, Rd. John served as subdeacon to Archbishop Nikon (Rklitsky).

On April 11, 1976, Archbishop Nikon ordained him a subdeacon and deacon, and on April 25, he was ordained a priest. He was assigned to St. Vladimir Memorial Church, in Jackson NJ.

On Saturday, September 4, 1976, Archbishop Nikon suddenly reposed in the Lord, and Fr. John was reassigned at the request of Archbishop Seraphim (Ivanov) to Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Chicago, IL where he served from November of 1976 till March of 1991.

On the feast of the Ascension in 1984, Fr. John was elevated to the rank of archpriest.

From March 17, 1991 until November 30, 2008, he served in Holy Trinity Church in Milwaukee, WI. During that period, Fr. John translated Archbishop Alypy's Slavonic textbook into English; he was one of the delegates to the 4th All-Diaspora Sobor in 2006.

On May 15, 2008, the ROCOR Synod of Bishops elected him Bishop of Manhattan, Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese. On June 23, 2008, it was confirmed by the Patriarch and Holy Synod of Russia.

On December 5, 2008, Fr. John was tonsured a monk in Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville by Bishop John of Caracas, and given the name Jerome, in honor of St. Jerome of Stridon.

On December 7, 2008, in accordance with the resolution of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops, Fr. John was then elevated to the rank of Archimandrite.

On December 10, 2008, he was consecrated Bishop of Manhattan in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign.

Retired on July 10, 2013 according to a resolution of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops.