Monday, September 2, 2019

Abp. Nikon of Boston has reposed

Southbridge, MA (OCA) - His Eminence, the Most Reverend Nikon, Archbishop of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, September 1, 2019.

Born to a pious Orthodox family in 1945 in New York, Archbishop Nikon graduated from Saint Vladimir’s Seminary in 1966. He was ordained to the Diaconate on July 5, 1969, and to the Priesthood the following day, July 6. His Eminence served at Saint Nicholas Church, Southbridge, MA, and Saint Thomas Church, Farmington Hills, MI.

On Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, 2002, Archbishop Nikon was consecrated Bishop of Baltimore and Auxiliary to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius in conjunction with the annual Memorial Day Weekend pilgrimage to Saint Tikhon Monastery.

Archbishop Nikon was nominated as Bishop of Boston at the Albanian Archdiocesan Assembly on October 10, 2003, and the Holy Synod elected him as Bishop of Boston on October 22, 2003. He served as administrator of the Diocese of New England and was elected ruling bishop during the fall session of the Holy Synod in October 2005. He was installed with the title Bishop of Boston, New England and the Albanian Archdiocese by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Boston, MA on December 16 and 17, 2005. In addition to his archpastoral leadership of his own dioceses, he served as locum tenens of the Diocese of the South from February 2011 until March 2015.

Archbishop Nikon was elevated to the rank of Archbishop on May 9, 2012.

A full obituary and service times will be posted as soon as it is received.

May Archbishop Nikon’s memory be eternal!


  1. I wonder what this means for OCA homosexualist reformists like the priest Robert Arida and his deacon (name escapes me at the moment). They still have Met. Tikhon (and no doubt others) as cover for now...

  2. Well, this reformist group would be the ones to submit to the EP, if a split comes. I strongly suspect they have a certain priestmonk already in the wings to fill Archbishop Nikon's seat. And I suspect he would carry on. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think so. I'd prefer not to name the man at this point in time.

  3. i would like to see an american born, american educated, widowed priest to carry on,,,new england needs a dynamic young leader,,,,at present it is wiltering.