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 of the Orthodox Church in America from 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 ordained him to the Holy Diaconate in December 1971 at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, Washington, D.C. Bishop Gregory of Alaska ordained him to the Holy Priesthood 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 tonsured a monk with the name of Tikhon at 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, the Temporary Administrator of the Diocese of the West.

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Tikhon (Fitzgerald) of San Francisco and Los Angeles
Preceded by:
Basil (Rodzianko)
Bishop of San Francisco and the West
Succeeded by:
Benjamin (Peterson)
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