Bishop Irenei, an Auxiliary Bishop of the Western American Diocese and Administrator of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland, is a scholar of patristics and the early Church, formerly a fellow in patristics and early Church history at the University of Oxford and sometime Chair of Theology at Leeds Trinity University in the United Kingdom. He is an active speaker and lecturer around the world on Orthodox theology and practice, and has also been heavily involved in bringing patristic study into wider access through the internet and in conference, symposium and retreat settings. He is was visiting professor in Orthodox theology at Santa Clara University, Professorial Research Fellow of Leeds Trinity (UK), and is currently a member of the Committee for Education of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, member of the Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church, Dean of Monastic Life for the Western American Dicoese (ROCOR), and Abbot of the men’s Monastery of St. Silouan of Mt. Athos in Sonora, California. Since 2017 he serves as the Secretary for Inter-Orthodox Relations of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Hieromonk Alexii (Altschul) is a monk with the Serbian Orthodox Church. After 20 years of serving an inner-city parish in Kansas City, MO, he was tonsured in October 2013, following the death of his Matushka in March, 2012. Formerly known as Fr. Paisius, he and his wife, Matushka Michaila, worked together reaching out to people in need, first as non-denominational Protestants, and then, after their conversion to Orthodoxy in 1993, through St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Church. At that location, they saw, with the help of many dedicated servants of God, over 150 souls brought into the Orthodox Church, the founding of the Ancient Christianity and African American Conference, the founding of Reconciliation Services – FOCUS Kansas City, and the publication of two books, “An Unbroken Circle” and “Wade in the River.” In addition to seeking to unite people through Christ, serving those in need, and providing a sacramental environment for healing, Fr. Alexii had also been a trained clinical social worker.
After his tonsure, he was sent by His Grace Bishop Longin of the New Gracanica and Midwestern Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America to stay in Mt. Athos for nearly seven months. He has now returned to rural Northwest Missouri where he has been blessed by Bishop Longin to form Holy Archangel Michael and All Angels Skete.