Archpastoral Visitation to Columbus, Ohio
His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos, Primate of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. made his first Archpastoral visit on June 4 to the newly established Orthodox Mission Community of the Holy Cross, located at 2548 Billingsley Road in northwest Columbus.
Accompanied by the Diocesan Chancellor, the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Frank Miloro, Pani Constance Miloro and Youngstown Dean, the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Kenneth Bachofsky, His Eminence celebrated a Moleben to the Holy Cross, during which he officially installed Fr. Kevin Greenwood as the Mission Parish's first Administrator.
The posted photos show scenes from the evening's festivities.
Established on March 7 of this year, Holy Cross Orthodox Mission was adorned with flowers in anticipation of Metropolitan Nicholas' first visit.
His Eminence is greeted at the door with the traditional gifts of bread and salt by parish treasurer Harold (Hal) Pukita.
Metropolitan Nicholas delivers a sermon on the responsibilities of discipleship as they pertain to a mission parish.
ACROD Diocesan Chancellor, the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Frank Miloro, offers a word of welcome to members of the mission and their guests.
His Eminence offers a blessing as he reads the official letter installing Fr. Kevin Greenwood as the first administrator of Holy Cross Orthodox Mission.
Fr. Greenwood adds his signature to the official letter of appointment
Metropolitan Nicholas bestows the antimins and Sacred Chrism to the new mission church, authorizing the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and other Sacraments.
Clergy in attendance for the evening celebration of a Moleben to the Holy Cross included Fr. Mark Lowery, Acting-Rector of Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church in Byesville, OH (OCA); Very Rev. Protopresbyter Kenneth Bachofsky, Dean of the Youngstown Deanery; Fr. Kevin Greenwood; Metropolitan Nicholas; Very Rev. Protopresbyter Frank Miloro, Chancelllor of the Diocese; Very Rev. Protopresbyter Paul Herbert, Former Pastor of St. Nicholas Church, Homestead, PA and a founding member of the new mission; and Fr. Terence Farmer, Pastor of St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church in Columbus, OH (Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma).
Before adjourning to the church annex for fellowship and food, clergy, parishioners and guests gather around the Metropolitan for a group picture.