August 12, 2013
Bishop Alexander Golitzin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, and a PhD at Oxford University in England, where he studied under His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos [Ware]. During this time, he also spent two years in Greece, including one year at Simonos Petras Monastery on Mount Athos. He was ordained to the diaconate in January 1982 and to the priesthood two years later. In 1986, he was tonsured to monastic orders. From 1989 to 2010, Bishop Alexander taught with the Theology Department at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. His presence at Matquette helped attract a dozen Orthodox Christian students to doctoral work in theology at Marquette. In May 2012, after retiring from teaching, he was consecrated Bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese, Orthodox Church in America.