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Our Vladichitsa:

The Most Blessed

Her Beatitude, Metropolitan OLGA

Archbishop of the Great Lakes and All America,

First Hierarch and Metropolitan,

Prelate of the Universalist Orthodox Church 

Ordained as Priest
October 1st, 2016

Elevation to Abbess

November 2018

Consecrated as Bishop 
June 30th, 2018

Enthroned Archbishop Metropolitan
June 30th, 2018

The Most Blessed, Her Beatitude, Metropolitan Olga, Archbishop of the Great Lakes and All America, First Hierarch and Metropolitan, Prelate of the Autocephalous Universalist Orthodox Church.  Her Beatitude, Metropolitan Olga is seated at Joy of All Who Sorrow Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio.

From an early age Her Beatitude has been involved in Eastern Orthodoxy, and not long after high school entered a monastery where she was tonsured.  After a period, Her Beatitude left the monastery and the canonical church for several reasons, primarily due to its stances on LGBTQIA inclusion and exclusionary ordination practices.  It is her experience in the monastery as well as her devotion to the church that led to her Ordination, Elevation to Abbess for the Community of Saint Elizabeth Feodorovna & Saint Maria of Paris, and Consecration, and Enthronement as First Hierarch, Metropolitan, and Prelate of the Universalist Orthodox Church.  She is the first openly transgender Bishop to be consecrated according to Eastern Orthodox rubrics and traditions; as such the full inclusion of the LGBT community in church life and structure is one of her main focuses in her ministry.

The consecration of Her Beatitude, Metropolitan Olga, Archbishop of the Great Lakes and All America, Prelate of the Autocephalous Universalist Orthodox Church to the office of the Holy Episcopate was conferred by The Most Reverend Kristina Rake, Archbishop Primate of the American Apostolic Old Catholic Church on June 30th, 2018.  With the Apostolic Succession lines documented below, we recognize Her Beatitude, Metropolitan Olga as being:

  • 172nd in succession from St. Andrew the Apostle

  • 163rd in succession from St. James the Apostle

  • 151st in succession from St. Thaddaeus the Apostle

  • 131st in succession from St. John the Apostle

  • 127th in succession from St. Thomas the Apostle

  • 18th in succession from the Orthodox Patriarch, St. Tikhon

Ecclesiastical heraldry for Her Beatitude, Metropolitan Olga

Archbishop of the Great Lakes and All America,

First Hierarch and Metropolitan,

Prelate of the Universalist Orthodox Church

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