His Grace, the Right Reverend Bishop '''Alejo (Pacheco y Vera) of Mexico City''' is the
newly elected ruling bishop of the [[OCA]]'s [[ Exarchate of Mexico (OCA)| Exarchate of Mexico]] succeeding Abp. [[Dmitri (Royster) of Dallas|Dmitri (Royster)]] as its exarch). His installation is scheduled for [[January 18]], 2009 at the Cathedral of the Ascension of Our Lord in Mexico City.
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 led him to enter the [[monasticism|monastic]] community. On [[July 8]], 1978, he was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] by [[Jose (Cortes y Olmos) of Mexico City|Bishop Jose]] of Mexico City with the name Alejo.
On [[January 14]], 1979, he was [[ordination|ordained]] [[deacon]] and assigned to the Cathedral of the Ascension of Our Lord (Catedral de la
Ascension del Senor) 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 Chaipas.
be 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 (Swaiko) of Washington and New York|Herman]], at [[St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)|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.
*[http://www.oca.org/news/1667 OCA News and Events item His Grace, Bishop Alejo elected ruling bishop of Exarchate of Mexico]
*[http://www.stgeorgepantry.org/bishopalejo.html Archimandrite Alejo consecrated Bishop of Mexico City]
*Various OCA news items