By the mercy of God, on Saturday, January 1/14 – the Feast of the Circumcision of the Lord, St. Basil the Great, and the New Year – His Grace Bishop Maxim ordained to the holy priesthood Hierodeacon Paisius of the St. Herman of Alaska Monastery, Platina, California.
The newly ordained Hieromonk Paisius was born Kibben I. Bjerke on June 15, 1951, and grew up in Powell, Wyoming. After two years of college in Wyoming, in 1971 he entered a non-denominational Christian brotherhood, which was later received into the Orthodox Church. Br. Christopher, as he was then known, entered the St. Herman of Alaska Monastery as a novice on in February 1988. He was tonsured into the riassa in November of that same year, on the feast of St. Paisius Velichkovsky, after whom he was named. In March 1992 he was tonsured into the small schema. For many years he has served as the secretary of the St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood. On March 7/20, 2010, Akathist Saturday, Monk Paisius was ordained to the holy diaconate by His Grace Bishop Maxim at the St. Sava Church in Jackson, California.