Most Rev. Paul (Kenneth P. Waibel) Archbishop
The Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox-Catholic Church of America, meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, elected as the church’s new metropolitan archbishop and primate the Most Reverend Paul (Ken Wailbel), of Lexington, Kentucky.
Archbishop Paul assumed the role of primate immediately upon election, but the installation will be in December. It is hoped that all of the bishops and the clergy will be able to attend the installation in Lexington.
Archbishop Paul is a native son of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He is pastor of St. Mychal the Martyr Parish in Lexington, Kentucky, which will become his cathedral. He was elected a bishop in 2015 by the clergy of the Orthodox-Catholic Church of America, and was ordained in Lexington by the Most Rev. Peter, his predecessor.
He earned a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, Chicago and the Master of Divinity from St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana. His undergraduate education includes a bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry from Thomas More College, Fort Michael, Kentucky, and Philosophy studies at St. Pius X Seminary in Erlanger, Kentucky.
He is a former priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington. During his years with the diocese he served in a number of parishes, was diocesan director of liturgy for the Diocese of Lexington. He served the bishop as master of ceremonies for diocesan liturgical events and provided liturgical training statewide.
In the Orthodox-Catholic Church of America, he has served as a regional Vicar for the Archbishop, Chair of the Liturgy Commission and on the Vocation Team.
For several years, he taught ethics at Midway College, and hosted the last General Synod of the Church.
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