The Roman Catholic Diocese
In the name of the clergy and faithful of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, I extend our condolences to our brothers and sisters (clergy and faithful) of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese at the passing of their shepherd, His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas. While we rejoice over the welcome that he must have received in the heavenly realms, we are saddened at the void that he leaves among us.
void is especially felt in the City of Johnstown, where he was
respected by all, including our Roman Catholic clergy and faithful. His
gentle kindness to those beyond his own flock will not be forgotten any
The void is being felt in a particular way by those of
us involved in improving ecumenical relationships among various
traditions of the Christian Church. His Eminence was very much in
support of those efforts. Even in the latter days of his illness, he
insisted on attending the two ecumenical services that he, Bishop
Gregory Pile, and I sponsored on an annual basis. As His Eminence
verbalized it to me: Ours is a search for the unity that exists in the
Church, which Christ intended to be one.
To me, he was a brother.
He did not neglect to include me at important functions. And, I did
not neglect to include him in ours. He leaves a void in my life, as
His memory shall long remain with us, - as a man of deep
faith and a bishop who took the Lord's call to shepherd his people
seriously. May the Lord have welcomed him home as the good and faithful
servant that he, indeed, has been.
+ Bishop Joseph
(Most Rev.) Joseph V. Adamec
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown