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New Antiochian bishop installed at St. George Prelate to oversee 50 parishes

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  • Fr John Brian
    Article published Friday, August 26, 2005 New Antiochian bishop installed at St. George Prelate to oversee 50 parishes
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 5, 2005
      Article published Friday, August 26, 2005

      New Antiochian bishop installed at St. George Prelate to oversee 50 parishes
      http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050826/NEWS10/508260
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      By KARAMAGI RUJUMBA
      BLADE STAFF WRITER


      St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in West Toledo was the scene of the
      enthronement of His Grace Mark Maymon, right, as Bishop of Toledo and the
      Antiochian Church’s Midwest Diocese yesterday. Bishop Mark, 47, was born in
      Indiana and raised a Catholic. He is the first convert to be elevated to the
      rank of bishop in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North
      America. He will oversee the Midwest Diocese’s nearly 50 parishes.
      (PHOTO at URL THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH )



      His Grace Mark Maymon was enthroned last night as Bishop of Toledo and the
      Midwest Diocese of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in an elaborate
      service at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral on Woodley Road.

      Surrounded by priests and deacons, Bishop Mark, 47, stood beneath the arched
      holy doors of St. George Cathedral and received the blessing and
      gold-colored pastoral staff from His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, leader of
      the 450,000-member Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North
      America.

      "I present you this arch pastoral staff that you may feed the flock of
      Christ entrusted to you. For the obedient, let it be a staff of shepherding,
      and for the disobedient, let it be a staff of discipline," proclaimed His
      Eminence Metropolitan Philip as he officially enthroned Bishop Mark as the
      bishop of the "God-protected City of Toledo and the Holy Diocese of the
      Midwest."

      Adorned in his new, brightly colored vestments, his holy staff in his left
      hand, Bishop Mark was escorted by the Rev. Father Basil Koory, dean of St.
      George Cathedral, to the bishop's throne while the choir melodiously chanted
      the hymn "God Grant You Many Years."

      Born in Indiana and raised a Roman Catholic, His Grace Mark Maymon is the
      first convert to be elevated to the rank of bishop in the Antiochian
      Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. He will oversee the
      diocese's nearly 50 parishes in 10 states, which include St. George
      Cathedral and St. Elias Church in Sylvania. Bishop Mark, who was consecrated
      in a ceremony in December in Damascus by Patriarch Ignatius IV, now oversees
      one of the largest and oldest dioceses in the United States. It encompasses
      parishes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,
      North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

      The new bishop of Toledo and the Midwest Diocese attended Indiana University
      South East, then transferred to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. He
      graduated from Oral Roberts with a bachelor of arts degree in biblical
      literature and a minor in business administration in 1985.

      He then went on to complete a master's degree in biblical literature from
      Oral Roberts, graduating with honors and earning the distinction of the Old
      Testament Student of the Year.

      It was during his studies at Oral Roberts that Bishop Mark says that he
      first became interested in Eastern Orthodoxy and he converted from
      Catholicism after joining the faculty at Oral Roberts.

      No longer a father, Bishop Mark removed his black robes midway through the
      enthronement ceremony and emerged in his new red vestments with green
      patches and a white shawl.

      He cut an impressive figure, flanked by candle-carrying deacons as he rose
      to deliver his first sermon as bishop.

      "I am overwhelmed at the occasion taking place here tonight," said Bishop
      Mark, standing in the bishop's corner. In a short sermon, he recalled a
      passage about the teachings of Luke in the Book of Acts and preached about
      the virtues of openness and acceptance of "all peoples of the world" as key
      tenets of Eastern Orthodoxy.

      He challenged his congregation and the members of his new diocese to "carry
      forth the vision" of spreading the Gospel to everybody, for "if we fail to
      preach," he said, "we have failed to receive the Gospels."

      Contact Karamagi Rujumba at:
      krujumba@... or
      419-724-6064.
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