COUNCIL OF HIERARCHS ELECTS METROPOLIA OFFICIAL AS AUXILIARY BISHOP FOR ADMINISTRATION
CLEVELAND, OH, USA: The Council of Hierarchs of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - Sobornopravna has elected the Rev. Paul Peter Jesep to be Titular Bishop of Zela and Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland. Bishop-Elect Paul will serve in an administrative capacity, assisting in the day to day governance of the American Church.
Prior to his election, Bishop-Elect Jesep has served the UAOC - Sobornopravna Metropolia in a variety of capacities, including Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations and a member of the Metropolitan College of Consulters. He holds several academic degrees, including those in law, liberal arts, political science and is currently pursuing graduate work in theology at Bangor Theological Seminary, a school well known for its excellence and the third oldest seminary in the United States (founded in 1814). He will bring to the episcopacy a tremendous amount of experience in the religious, political, legal, journalism and sociological fields, a rare achievement among the bishops of the Orthodox Church.
Father Jesep has been active in the political life of the United States of America and has worked with several senators, governors and congresspersons. Most recently, he has been a Legislative Analyst for United States Senator Susan Collins.
We welcome Vladyka Paul into the fraternity of the episcopacy of our church, as he begins his new ministry. The members of the Council of Hierarchs are pleased that one with the caliber of resume which he brings to the church will be serving together with our Holy Synod, for God's greater glory and the continued building up of the UAOC Sobornopravna.
Bishop-Elect Jesep is of Ukrainian ancestry, and his father emigrated from Ukraine to the United States in the exodus following the Second World War. His mother's parents also came to America from Ukraine. He will combine this religious and cultural experience with his background in the secular world, to greatly assist our entire church in the expanded horizons which God has granted to us. Plans for his ordination to the episcopacy will be made in the near future.
May God grant to Bishop-Elect Paul Peter many happy and blessed years in service to his church and people. Na mnohaya i blahaya lita!
BISHOP-ELECT PAUL PETER JESEP, JD, MPSPM, M. DIV candidate
Bishop-Elect Paul Peter Jesep was born in Cohoes, NY, where his family are members of SS. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Church. Of purely Ukrainian ancestry, his father emigrated from Ukraine to the United States in the exodus following the Second World War and his mother's parents likewise came to America from Ukraine. His early years were spent in local primary and secondary schools while also attending "Ridna Shkola" - the area parochial school of Ukrainian Studies.
An individual with a vast variety of experience in the religious and secular realms, the Bishop-Elect is presently a Legislative Analyst for United States Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Before accepting the position he wrote a popular weekly political column for the Portsmouth Herald (NH). He has over 16 years of combined experience as a lawyer, churchman, writer, commentator, political consultant, legislative attorney, director of legislation for a New York think-tank; communications director for a statewide citizen advocacy organization in New York, political science lecturer at Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut and Boston University's Metropolitan College, and public affairs and government relations director for a Medicare organization serving 500,000 people in northern New England.
In 1986, he graduated magna cum laude from Union College in Schenectady, New York with a political science degree. Bishop-Elect Paul studied at Harvard University's Ukrainian Research Institute in 1987. Two years later, he earned a law degree from Western New England College School of Law and has been licensed to practice law in a number of states, including New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. He earned a Master of Professional Studies in Political Management from the Graduate School of Political Management, now based at George Washington University, in 1991. Currently, he is pursuing graduate work in theology at Bangor Theological Seminary, the third oldest seminary in the United States (founded in 1814).
He has authored four critically acclaimed books, Lady-Ghost of the Isles of Shoals; A December Gift From the Shoals; Rockingham Park -- A History of Power, Glamour, and Gambling; and Living the Gospel --- the People of St. John's Church in Portsmouth, NH. In 2002, Father Jesep contributed the essay, "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back — Social Policy in New Hampshire," to the book, No Higher Calling — 150 Years of Child and Family Services.
Father Jesep has written two major public policy reports, A New, New York Hatch Act and Expanding Child Care in the Granite State – A Pragmatic Approach to Lower-Cost Governance. He also co-authored a third, Eliminating County Administration and Transferring Services to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Bishop-Elect Jesep's public policy commentaries and human interest stories have frequently appeared in print. He has often been a guest on radio and television talk shows, including C-SPAN, as a public policy analyst.
On June 10, 1998, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), the largest purchaser of health care in the United States, gave Father Jesep an award for Creative Outreach and Media Activities. HCFA also recognized him for working closely with elected officials to promote preventive health care.
On August 8, 2000, HCFA presented Father Jesep its prestigious consumer award plaque for conceiving and implementing Bells and Silence for Remembrance, a national breast health awareness campaign that has helped to increase mammography rates among women and which has gained the support and participation of hundreds of churches, synagogues, mosques, religious, charitable and secular organizations nationwide.
In November 2000, Metropolitan Stephan of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - Sobornopravna, appointed him Personal Adviser, Member of the College of Consulters, and Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for the church. The Metropolitan is the highest ranking official of the UAOC in North America and Europe.
Bishop-Elect Paul Peter Jesep is a past National Vice President and former member of the National Executive Committee of the Ripon Society, a Washington, D.C. think-tank. He is a former board member of THINK-NH, a New Hampshire based think-tank focused on fiscal policy. He is also past board member of the Community Child Care Center of Portsmouth and past President of the John Paul Jones House Museum and Portsmouth Historical Society.
Bishop-Elect Paul will be consecrated bishop at the Cathedral of SS. Boris & Hlib in Cleveland in early 2003. May God grant him many happy and blessed years in service to his church and people.
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