On Wednesday August 6, the new Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace John, Bishop of Naro-Fominsk, arrived in the United States.
With the peal of bells and the traditional greeting of bread and salt, Bishop John entered St Nicholas Cathedral for the first time as a Bishop and presided at the Thanksgiving prayer service. His Grace was co-served by the cathedral clergy and some priests from the Patriarchal Parishes.
Representatives of the ROCOR were also present.At the conclusion of the prayer service, on behalf of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Archpriest George Konyev greeted Bishop John and wished him God’s unending mercy and love in his archpastoral service in the United States. His Grace thanked all those gathered for their prayers.