HEAD OF THE RUSSIAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
Bishop Tikhon Arrives at New York En Route to the Pacific Coast.
NEW YORK, Dec. 13. Among the passengers arriving yesterday on the French line steamship Champagne was Bishop Tikhon, the newly appointed head or the Russian church in America, although nominally he is bishop of the Aleutian Islands and Alaska. He was met at the pier by the Russian Consul General and members of the Russian colony in this city and escorted at once to the Russian church at 323 Second avenue, where in accordance with the custom of his church he conducted a service of thanksgiving for his safe arrival.
Bishop Tikhon will start for San Francisco on Thursday, but intends to visit New York and other orthodox parishes in the East again before leaving. His new diocese is said to be the largest in the world, as it includes the whole of North America, and comprises about thirty parishes, with as many churches and seventy chapels.
The San Francisco Call, Wednesday, December 14, 1898, p. 1.
Reprinted in the Holy Trinity Cathedral Life, Vol. 3, No. 4, December 1995.