Alumnus Installed as Bishop of Eastern Pennsylvania

10 May 2014 • Alumni News

Metropolitan Tikhon listens as Bishop Mark speaks at the banquetMetropolitan Tikhon listens as Bishop Mark speaks at the banquetDiocese of Eastern PA clergy Fr. Timothy Hojnicki (L) and Fr. Nick Solak (R) join Fr. John Behr, Bishop Mark, and Fr. Chad Hatfield during an April 2014 visitDiocese of Eastern PA clergy Fr. Timothy Hojnicki (L) and Fr. Nick Solak (R) join Fr. John Behr, Bishop Mark, and Fr. Chad Hatfield during an April 2014 visitHis Grace Mark (Maymon), Class of 1991, was enthroned as Bishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), during a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA, on May 10.  His Beatitude The Most Blessed Tikhon, primate of the OCA, presided over the Divine Liturgy. He was assisted by three other bishops, eight priests, and St. Vladimir’s Director of Alumni Relations and Admissions, Protodeacon Joseph Fr. Chad (second from left) with other OCA dignitaries at Installation BanquetFr. Chad (second from left) with other OCA dignitaries at Installation BanquetMatusiak.

“Love comes first in our church life, and foremost—love for Christ,” said the newly installed bishop in his remarks. His Grace received his Masters of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir’s over twenty years ago, submitting his thesis on “The Formation of the Canon of Scripture.”

Chancellor/CEO The Very Dr. Chad Hatfield, who attended the celebratory banquet for His Grace, noted, “I was deeply impressed with Bishop Mark's banquet remarks, which revealed his clear understanding of the missiological challenge that lies ahead for his diocese. He spoke well of his SVOTS formation, recalling words from both Fr. John Meyendorff and Fr. Alexander Schmemann.  I look forward to working with him as he takes up his archpastoral role in Eastern Pennsylvania.”

Banquet photos by Anastasia Hanney