Orthodox Convert Becomes US Church's Leader

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new leader of the Orthodox Church in America is a 49-year-old former Episcopalian who only converted to
Orthodoxy in college.

Last month's election of Metropolitan Jonah was greeted with joy in the 100,000-member denomination, which is still reeling from a report detailing the disappearance of millions of dollars in church funds under two of Jonah's predecessors.

Jonah's elevation from abbot of a monastery to bishop of Fort Worth, Texas, to leadership of one of the most prominent U.S. branches of Orthodox Christianity all took place in just 11 days last month.

He'll be formally installed as metropolitan on Dec. 28 at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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