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Tikhon (Fitzgerald) of San Francisco and Los Angeles

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His Grace '''Tikhon (Fitzgerald)''', Bishop of San Francisco, Los Angeles and the West, was the [[bishop]] of the [[Diocese of the West (OCA)|Diocese of the West]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]] from 1985 1987 to 2007. He is presently retired and living in Los Angeles. He was born Stephen Fitzgerald in Detroit, Michigan, on [[November 14]], 1932. He was raised in the Lutheran church and was accepted into the Orthodox Church through [[chrismation]] in 1960. Bishop [[Dmitri (Royster) of Dallas|Dmitri]] [[ordination|ordained]] him to the Holy [[Diaconate]] in December 1971 at [[St. Nicholas Cathedral (Washington, D.C.)|St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, Washington, D.C.]] Bishop [[Gregory (Afonsky) of Sitka|Gregory of Alaska]] ordained him to the Holy [[Priest]]hood in 1978. The Holy Synod elevated him to the rank of Archpriest in 1982. He was a clergyman of vast pastoral experience, serving in a number of parishes. After nomination as Bishop of San Francisco at the Extraordinary Diocesan Assembly held in San Francisco's Holy Trinity Cathedral on [[March 12]], 1987, Fr. Stephen was elected Bishop of San Francisco by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America on [[March 17]], 1987. On the eve of the Feast of the [[Annunciation]] he was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] with the name of Tikhon at [[St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)|St. Tikhon's Monastery, Pennsylvania]], and elevated to the rank of [[Archimandrite]] on [[Lazarus Saturday]] at Christ the Saviour Church in San Francisco by Bishop [[Job (Osacky) of Chicago|Job]], the Temporary Administrator of the Diocese of the West.
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