Stephen of Hawai‘i
Dean of the Holy Synod & Vicar General
HIS GRACE, the Most Rev Stephen Randolph Sykes, EOMC, DD, is co-founder and has been a member of the Eremitic Order of Mount Carmel since 1994. He is a convert to Orthodox Christianity and was ordained deacon in 1995 and priest in 1999. Stephen was elected and consecrated as the second Orthodox Bishop of Hawai‘i in January 2000 and was enthroned at Honolulu on the feast of Pentecost that same year.
First as a monk, then as priest, and now as bishop, Stephen has been a leader of the Church’s Internet, working, and interfaith ministries, through which her clergy provide support for and leadership to women and men in the work place through Christian example. In addition to shepherding the clergy and faithful of his province, he is the President of the board of directors of The Interfaith Alliance Hawai‘i and was previously a board member of the All Believers Network, and past president of the board of directors of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawai‘i. He also works closely with the Institute for Religion and Social Change.
Bishop Stephen is the son of the late Joseph Francis and Marguerite Ann Rickard Sykes, and was baptized in 1951 at the Church of Saint Stephen in Monterey Park, California. He studied at the seminaries of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (also known as the Claretians). He holds degrees as a bachelor of liberal arts in philosophy from Loyola University of Los Angeles and an honorary doctorate in divinity from the Apostolic College of the Pacific, where he serves as chancellor.
Bishop Stephen was appointed vicar general of the Church in 1995 and, in this capacity, functions as chief operating officer of the Church. In 1998, he was was elected and given the canonical right of succession to the current apostolic president of the Church upon his retirement. He was named dean of the Holy Synod in August 2003.
In his administrative functions, Bishop Stephen is assisted by the Rev Mr Hisashi Tokunaga, an ecumenical lay minister, who serves as the ecclesiarch of the province of Hawai‘i.
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DATE LAST UPDATED: 10 February 2015