The Herald, Sharon, PA Published Saturday, April 21, 2001


U.S. Orthodox leader to speak to local group

Metropolitan Nicholas, ruling hiearch of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the United States, will be guest speaker at the annual dinner of the Christian Associates of the Shenango Valley.

The dinner is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Church of the Good Shepherd, 3613 Sharon Road (Route 18), West Middlesex.

Metropolitan Nicholas, 65, is a priestly vocation from St. John the Baptist Church, Perth Amboy, N.J.

After graduating from Perth Amboy High School, he entered Christ the Savior Seminary in Johnstown, Pa., to study for the priesthood.

Upon graduation, Metropolitan Nicholas was ordained in 1959. Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Windber, Pa., was his first pastorate.

Metropolitan Nicholas also graduated from Youngstown State University and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He holds bachelors of arts and theology and licentiate of theology degrees.

While studying at Patriarchal Theological Academy at Kalki, Constantinople, the young priest was assigned by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras to serve the spiritual needs of the large Slavic Orthodox community in the Galata section of Istanbul. Metropolitan Nicholas also traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East, visiting the sacred sites of the Holy Land and living for a time on Mount Athos, the ancient monastic center of the Orthodox Church.

He was elevated in 1976 to the rank of Archimandrite and was appointed in 1979 first Abbot of the Monastery of the Annunciation in Tuxedo Park, N.Y.

Three years later, Metropolitan Nicholas was elected Titular Bishop of Amissos and Auxiliary Bishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Diocese of the Ecumenical Patriarchate by the Holy Synod of Constantinople.

He was subsequently elevated to the episcopacy March 13, 1983, at St. Mary’s Church, Allentown, Pa.

As bishop, he gave immediate attention to liturgical matters. Metropolitan Nicholas authorized the Liturgical Commission to translate additional services into English. Several new parishes have been received into the Diocese and missions have been established in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Ontario, Canada.

In 1992, Metropolitan Nicholas initiated Harvest 2000, a diocese plan for missions, renewal and evangelism.

Announcement of the local CROP Walk proceeds will be made during the dinner. Tickets are $7.

Information or tickets: 347-3298.

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