On October 17-19, 2013 the clergy and faithful gathered at St. Innocent Cathedral in Anchorage for the annual Diocesan Assembly. His Emminence Archbishop Benjamin formally announced to the gathering the election of Archimandrite David as Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Sitka and Alaska. This news was received enthusiastically by the clergy and faithful and a consecration date in late February 2014 is being planned with the consecration taking place in Anchorage and the installation in Sitka.
In addition to the administrative business at the meeting, highlights included; Archpriest Philip Alexie being honored by his fellow deanery clergy for his many years of service as dean in the Kuskowim deanery. Fr. Leo Walsh joined the assembly representing the Roman Catholic church and his Eminence expressed gratitude at the return of the historic bell to Kodiak.