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Fr. John R. Martin was appointed on August 16, 1966, as auxiliary bishop to Metr. Orestes, with the title of titular bishop of Nyssa, by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. His consecration was on October 6, 1966, at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The consecrating bishops were led by Abp. Iakovas, of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, along with Metr. Orestes and Bishop Theodosios.
Upon the death of Metr. Orestes on February 17, 1977, Bp. John was named the ruling bishop by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Notable among his activities was the establishment of Camp Nazareth in Mercer, Pennsylvania and of a program for training deacons.
Bp. John collapsed and died unexpectedly on September 30, 1984 after speaking at a celebration honoring the cathedral-parish dean Protopresbyter John Yurcism and his wife. Bp. John’s funeral was held on October 4, 1984, at Christ the Saviour Cathedral.
|Titular Bishop of Nyssa|
|Ruling Bishop of ACROD|