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José (Cortés y Olmos) of Mexico City

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His Grace the Right Reverend Bishop '''Joseph''' or '''José (Cortés y Olmos) of Mexico City''' was the first [[bishop]] of the [[OCA]]'s [[Exarchate of Mexico (OCA)|Exarchate of Mexico]]. Bp. José had been bishop of the Mexican National Catholic Church, a Mexican reactionary movement away from the "colonialist" Spanish [[Roman Catholic Church]]. He led his church to Orthodox Christianity, petitioning the [[Orthodox Church in America]] in 1971 for acceptance. After he and his [[clergy]] were accepted as Orthodox [[priest]]s, he was consecrated Bishop of Mexico City in 1972 to lead his community as an [[exarchate]] of the OCA.
In addition to his duties in Mexico, during the early years after his consecration, Bp. José traveled under the guidance of Bp. [[Dmitri (Royster) of Dallas|Dmitri of Hartford]], who had been appointed Exarch of the Mexican Church, participating for experience in [[parish]] level life in the United States.
Bp. José reposed in the Lord in the 1980s on [[January 28]], 1983 after fighting cancer. His Beatitude, Metropolitan [[Ireney (Bekish) of New York|Ireney]], presided at the funeral service in Mexico City on [[February 1]], 1983. It was not until 2005 that a successor to Bp. José was consecrated when [[Archimandrite]] [[Alejo (Pacheco y Vera) of Mexico City|Alejo (Pacheco-Vera)]] was consecrated Bishop of Mexico City on [[May 28]], 2005, at [[St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)|St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery]] in South Canaan, Pennsylvania.
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[[Category:20th-century bishops]]
[[Category:Bishops of Mexico City]]
[[Category:Orthodoxy in Central America]]
[[Category:Converts to Orthodox Christianity|Cortes y Olmos]]
[[Category:Converts to Orthodox Christianity from Roman Catholicism|Cortes y Olmos]]

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