NEW BISHOP FOR THE GREEK CHURCH
WILL SUCCEED BISHOP NICHOLAS, WHO GOES TO RUSSIA.
Bishop Tikhon, who will take charge of the Greek Catholic, or as it is more commonly known, the Russian orthodox church, has arrived in this city and will lake charge of the diocese vacated by Bishop Nicholas. The latter left yesterday morning to enter upon his new duties as Bishop of Simpheropol and Tavrida, one of the most important in Russia. For the past eight years he has been doing Missionary work in North America.
Bishop Tikhon arrived in New York about two weeks ago, and has been holding religious services in the larger Eastern cities. On his arrival in New York he was given a great reception by the Russian Consul and prominent members of the Russian colony, but in this city there was the simple service of installation.
His secular name is Vasily Bellavin. He is a graduate of the Russian Theological Seminary and has served as the Bishop of Liublin and Vicar of Kholma in the Warsaw diocese. His new diocese is said to be the largest in the world. It includes the whole of North America and comprises thirty parishes, with as many churches and about seventy chapels.
The San Francisco Call, Sunday, December 25 , 1898, p. 11.
Reprinted in the Holy Trinity Cathedral Life, Vol. 3, No. 4, December 1995.