GOARCH - April 16, 1999

Enthronement of Bishop Nicholas of Detroit on April 18

New York, NY - His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, will officiate at the enthronement of newly-elected Bishop Nicholas of Detroit on Sunday, April 18th at 6:00 p.m. at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. (707 E. Lafayette Blvd. Detroit) A reception will follow at the Atheneum Suites Hotel. The Diocese of Detroit includes 47 parishes in Michigan, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio and Tennessee.

The Formal Election Announcement (Mega Minima) of Bishop Nicholas was read on April 2nd at the Archdiocese Chapel of St. Paul in New York City. The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople elected Archimandrite Nicholas Pissare as presiding Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit on March 13,1999. He was consecrated to the episcopacy on April 3,1999 at the Holy Cross Church, Brooklyn, NY, where he had served as pastor since August,1997.

Bishop Nicholas, 46, was born in Glens Falls, NY to Emmanuel and Caliope Pissare. His family also includes brothers Michael and Pantelis and sister Niki. A graduate of Glens Falls High School, he attended Colgate University, where he was awarded the prestigious Colgate War Memorial Scholarship and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in 1975, majoring in French Literature and Classical Studies.

He enrolled at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA and graduated as Valedictorian of the class of 1978. He then pursued post graduate studies at the University of Athens. Upon his return, he worked in public health for ten years in Denver, and was active in the life of the Assumption Cathedral before becoming assistant to the late Bishop Philip of Daphnousia in 1983, who was serving as locum tenens of the Diocese. In 1990 he was named as Administrative Assistant to then Bishop Maximos of Pittsburgh. He was ordained to the Diaconate on July 6,1991 in the Annunciation Church, McKeesport, PA and to the Priesthood on July 13,1991 in the Assumption Cathedral, Denver, at which time he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite. He served as Chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh from 1991-95 and Chancellor of the Diocese of Detroit from 1996-97, before being assigned to Holy Cross Church, Brooklyn.

His Grace Bishop Nicholas has served the Church in several capacities as: a member of the Archdiocesan Council; the Board of St. Michael's Home for the Aged; the Archdiocese Stewardship Commission; spiritual advisor to the Metropolitan Philoptochos and the Archdiocesan Spiritual Court. During his ministry at Holy Cross Church he initiated several programs including the Fair Share Stewardship, Inquiry Class for parishioners and engaged couples and a children's Liturgical Choir of the Dimitrios and Georgia Kaloidis Parochial School.

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