On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon was among those invited to attend the installation of Bishop John Oliver Barres as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Center, NY, which serves Long Island’s Roman Catholics. The installation took place at Saint Agnes Cathedral.
The Diocese of Rockville Center and the Orthodox Church in America enjoy a long relationship. Bishop Barres’ predecessor, Bishop William Murphy, had been a guest at the OCA Chancery in the past.
Also in attendance was His Grace, Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Among the many members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy present with whom Metropolitan Tikhon also had an opportunity to speak were Archbishop Christophe Louis Yves Georges Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the USA, and New York’s Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
Metropolitan Tikhon was accompanied by Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak and Subdeacon Roman Ostash.
Photo credit: Roman Ostash