Funeral Services For
Metropolitan Nicholas Conclude

JOHNSTOWN, PA -  Funeral services for His Eminence + Metropolitan Nicholas concluded yesterday with the Interment Service at St. John the Baptist Church Cemetery in Perth Amboy, NJ. 

During the six days of public viewing and memorial services,  a large number of  Orthodox Bishops, Ecumenical Leaders, Clergy and Faithful of all Orthodox and Christian denominations, civic leaders and friends came to offer prayers and pay their last respects.  In addition,  over 1000 people were reported  to have viewed the funeral services which were streamed on-line over the internet and are now available for viewing on demand on the Metropolitan Nicholas memorial webpage.   

The outpouring of love for His Eminence, from all walks of life, was a fitting tribute to one who, as an icon of Christ "the Good Shepherd,"  spent more than a half century in humble and compassionate service to the Church.   This love was expressed in many ways, in tears, in laughter - while remembering the many joyful moments spent with His Eminence, and  in the power of  the pen - in the many inspirational and moving reflections which many have written and are now posted on line.   

While much can be said and written about Metropolitan Nicholas - perhaps the simple concluding words of  the eulogy delivered by Protopresbyter Michael Rosco, best captures his  inner essence or "duch" :  "perhaps it is most fitting that we remember him simply as being a good and decent man...."  

May His Memory be Eternal!  Vichnaja Jemu Pamjat!

We encourage our viewers log on to the special Metropolitan Nicholas memorial webpage  to learn more about His Eminence and reminisce about his life and ministry.  You will find a vaste collection of sermons, talks, pastoral letters and other writings, and a large assortment of audio and video recordings and photos of His Eminence. This site will  remain an important part of and will serve as a permanent memorial to his Eminence. 

Our diocesan faithful and especially our youth are encouraged to continue to send reflections on the life of Metropolitan Nicholas for inclusion on the site.  Also, those having digital photos, video clips, or other materials that would be appropriate for inclusion are urged to email us at