Photographic Exhibit of the Consecration of Bishop Gregory Is Featured In Johnstown Tribune-Democrat Newspaper

JOHNSTOWN, PA [Tribune-Democrat Newspaper]-- An exhibit of photographs will show an Orthodox tradition.

The photographic exhibition by Nicholas Bocher – “Axios: The Ordination and Enthronement of an Orthodox Bishop” – will be on display through Sept. 27 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd. in Westmont.

The photographs in the exhibit follow the selection and enthronement of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, the fifth ruling bishop of the Carpatho-Russian Diocese. The display is sponsored by the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A.

Bishop Gregory was ordained and enthroned Nov. 27, 2012, in Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown.

This exhibit details the introduction of Bishop Gregory to his parish priests and laity, his election by the priests and the elaborate liturgy and traditional ceremonies of his ordination and enthronement as a bishop.

The word “axios” can be translated as he is worthy, an acclamation made by the faithful at the ordination of a deacon, priest or bishop.

By Ruth Rice

A reception with Bocher and the Very Rev. Frank Miloro, chancellor of the diocese, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. They will welcome viewers and provide some background for the photographs.

A reception with Bishop Gregory will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 13. Bishop Gregory will give a brief talk on the role of a bishop in his diocese.

Admission is free and open to the public for both receptions.

Bocher’s exhibit “In the Footsteps of SS. Cyril & Methodius,” which traces a trip through Slovakia, was featured at the arts center several years ago.

He is a member of the Johnstown Camera Club and a frequent photographer of Johnstown and Orthodox subjects.

Bocher shares his photographic and technical expertise with a number of churches and organizations, including producing a quarterly newsletter for the Slovak Heritage Association of the Laurel Highlands.