George Gavrila: „The Mission of Bishop Policarp Morusca“
Thirty-three years after the first Romanian Orthodox priest arrived in the Americas, the first hierarch to be the religious and spiritual leader of the entire Romanian Orthodox community in North and South America reached these shores.
As we well remember, Bishop Policarp was truly a humble and spiritual man, a religious leader but also a disciplinarian. He had come to head and to administer a group of churches and people, clergy and laymen, who themselves had not seen anyone quite like him before, or since they had left Romanian years ago. Not only that, many had never seen a Bishop let alone spoke to one.
With the Bishop’s installation in July of 1935, priests and laymen alike, both of whom before had been without a leader and who had made their own rules as they went along, were now pressed by the situation to accept the Bishop’s enforcement of canonical rules to regulate and establish the Romanian Orthodox Missionary Episcopate on a firm foundation.
The clergy, most of whom had been here from the early 20’s, reacted to him in a variety of ways: some were openly hostile while others were absolutely devoted.
Thus, after a few months, the Bishop looked at the unique patchwork quilt ensemble of parishes, personalities and organizations and tried to make >>>>>George Gavrila>>>>>
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