Mar Melchizedek, OSB is the Abbot of St. Joseph of Arimathea Skete and its associated International Benedictine Chapters. He chose the historic Latin motto ex voto suscepto (based on a vow) as his personal devotion to the holy Orthodox Christian faith in a sincere and Christ-like manner, emphasizing that traditional Orthodox Christianity is based on one's faith and practice, not on membership in exclusive circles.


Mar Melchizedek had entered 6 months of Postulancy, followed by 15 months of Novitiate before taking final Oblations in July of 2017 at Christ the King Benedictine Priory in Schuyler, Nebraska.