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Seraphim (Storheim) of Ottawa

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[[Image:Abp_seraphim.jpg|right|frame|Archbishop Seraphim]]His Eminence, the Most Reverend '''Seraphim (Storheim), Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada''' is the served as ruling [[bishop]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]]'s [[Archdiocese of Canada (OCA)|Archdiocese of Canada]], secretary to the [[holy synod]], and Chair of the Church's Department of External Affairs. Archbishop Seraphim also has the distinction of being the first Canadian to be [[consecration of a bishopordination|consecrated to the episcopacy]] within the OCA. His tenure ended when he was placed on a leave of absence effective October 1, 2010.
==Life==
Receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta, Seraphim also studied at the Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia. A former Anglican [[rector]] and accomplished musician, he was received into the Orthodox Church in 1978, accepting as his heavenly patron St. [[Seraphim of Sarov]]. He then attended [[St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary]] in Crestwood, New York, where he graduated and received the Master of Theology degree in 1981.
Prior to his consecration to the episcopacy, His Grace Eminence lived at [[New Valamo|New Valaam]] monastery in Finland, and served as a [[parish]] [[priest]] in communities throughout the United States and Canada.
He was consecrated [[auxiliary bishop]] of Edmonton in 1987, and became ruling bishop of the [[archdiocese]] in 1990. He was elevated to the rank of [[archbishop]] at the Spring 2007 meeting of the OCA's Holy Synod.
As secretary of the Holy Synod of the OCA, His Eminence has served in a number of administrative capacities for the holy synod, and has also traveled travelled extensively in Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East, and throughout Europe.
Although often on the road visiting the many and far-flung communities of the Archdiocese, as well as representing the OCA internationally, Abp. Seraphim's residence is an hour south of Ottawa, near Johnstown, at the Archdiocesan Centre, Fair Haven.
On [[September 4]], 2008, following the retirement of Metropolitan Herman due to ill health (and pending back surgery), the Holy Synod of the OCA named Abp. Seraphim the administrator of the Metropolitan’s [[See]] and to assist His Eminence, [[Dmitri (Royster) of Dallas|Dmitri]] who was appointed the ''[[locum tenens]]''.
 
In late September 2010 the Lesser Synod meeting in Oyster Bay Cove, NY heard a report that Canadian police were investigating a complaint of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Seraphim. This act was alleged to have taken place thirty years prior when Archbishop Seraphim was a priest in Winnipeg. He was placed on a three-month leave of absence as the investigation continued and his episcopal responsibilities were being managed by [[Irénée (Rochon) of QuebecCity|Bishop Irenee]].
 
During their annual fall session in Detroit, MI October 19-23, 2015, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America canonically deposed the retired Archbishop Seraphim from the status and all sacred functions of the episcopacy, removed him from the ranks of the clergy, and returned him to the status of a lay monk.
==See also==
* [[Archdiocese of Canada (OCA)]]
* [http://www.archdiocese.ca/bishop.htm Official biography]
==External Links==
* [http://archdiocese.ca Archdiocese of Canada] (Official Site)
* [http://www.archdiocese.ca/e_bishop/archbishop.htm Official biography]
* [http://www.archdiocese.ca/archivesbishops.htm List of Bishops of Canada]
* [http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-renders-decision-concerning-archbishop-seraphim Decision of deposition of Archbishop Seraphim]
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