Archimandrite Nikon [Liolin], Bishop-elect of Baltimore, MD, will be consecrated to the episcopacy on Friday and Saturday, May 24-25, 2002 in conjunction with the annual Pilgrimage to Saint Tikhon Monastery here.
Archimandite Nikon was elected to the episcopacy by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America during their Spring Session at the OCA Chancery, Syosset, NY during the first week of April 2002.
On Friday, May 24, at 4:00 p.m., the Rite of Election and Acceptance will be held in the Monastery Church of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, after which the Vigil Service will be celebrated.
On Saturday, May 25, at 9:00 a.m., the Consecration Divine Liturgy, at which His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops will concelebrate, Archimandrite Nikon will be consecrated to the episcopacy.
A native of New York, Archimandrite Nikon had served for many years as rector of Saint Thomas Church, Farmington, MI. As Bishop of Baltimore, he will serve as Auxiliary to Metropolitan Theoodsius and will have administrative oversight of the OCA’s Albanian Archdiocese and the Diocese of New England.
Full coverage of Bishop-elect Nikon’s consecration will be featured on the OCA web site at http://www.oca.org and in the May-June 2002 issue of “The Orthodox Church” newspaper.