The man who is “the equivalent of the Pope” of the Orthodox Church of America will be in Corvallis on Saturday to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of St. Anne’s Orthodox Church in Lewisburg.
Metropolitan Jonah Paffhausen, the top hierarch of the church with congregations in both the United States and Canada, will be in Corvallis on Saturday to deliver the address “The Ancient Church In The Modern World.”
Paffhausen is scheduled to appear at 11 a.m. Saturday at Peavy Hall room 103 at Oregon State University. His talk is sponsored by the OSU Sociology Department and St. Anne’s Orthodox Church in Lewisburg.
Paffhausen, who is a friend of Fr. Stephen Soot of St. Anne’s, will be in Corvallis to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the church known to many mid-valley residents as the host of the popular annual Greek Festival. It is located in the historic grange hall in Lewisburg, north of Corvallis.
Soot and Paffhausen (whose official title is the Archbishop of Washington, the Metropolitan of All America and Canada), both attended St. Vladamir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, N.Y.
“We sang in the choir together,” Soot said. “It’s a big deal to get the Metropolitan to visit us.”
The Right Rev. Benjamin, Bishop of San Francisco and the West, also is scheduled to attend services in honor of St. Anne’s 20th anniversary.
In addition to his talk at OSU, Metr. Jonah, as he is known for short, will preside over evening services at 4 p.m. and on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.