Wednesday, September 14, 2016

MEMORY ETERNAL! Bishop Michael of Nora

A General Sharing: Asking for your prayers and MEMORY ETERNAL! To His Eminence, Bishop Michael of Nora (Italy)- A sad announcement

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Dan Everiss

Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 9:13 AM

Subject: A sad announcement
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:40:31 +0100

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From: Saint Gregory Palamas Monastery 
Subject: A sad announcement
Date: 14 September 2016 16:34:22 GMT+01:00

His Eminence, Bishop Michael of Nora

We received news this morning, September 1 (September 14, New Style), from the Convent of the Holy Angels in Aphidnai (Athens), Greece, of the repose of our Holy Synod’s representative in Sardinia (Italy), His Eminence, the Most Reverend Michael, Bishop of Nora. He died yesterday, August 31, 2016 (Old Style), the Feast of the Deposition of the Precious Cincture of the Theotokos, to whom he was particularly devoted, at 83 years of age and after an extended illness. His body is being flown today to Greece, where he will be buried at the Holy Monastery of Sts. Cyprian and Justina, in Phyle. 

Born Michele Piredda, His Eminence was born in 1933 in Cagliari, Sardinia, into a family of pious Roman Catholics. One of nine children, he became a Roman Catholic monk and, in the course of his studies, discovered Orthodoxy, which, as he once told His Eminence, Bishop Auxentios of Etna and Portland, he found to be the purest form of Christianity and the traditional religion of his ancestors on the island on Sardinia, prior to the Great Schism of the Orthodox East and the Roman Catholic West in the mid-eleventh century. He converted to Orthodoxy in 1966. He was eventually ordained a Deacon (1983), Priest (1984), and, as an auxiliary to Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Phyle (1995), a Bishop at the monastery in Phyle.

Bishop Michael established a small but vibrant diocese in Cagliari. He several times visited our monastery in Etna, including a visit that coincided with the Glorification of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, for whom he had a profound veneration. His Eminence had close ties to our monastery. Since he spoke, like many older Sardinians, some Catalan, Metropolitan Chrysostomos, who has both Greek and Catalan roots, was able to communicate with and translate for him during his visits. Our communities here in Etna, therefore, feel especially deeply the loss of this humble and remarkably dedicated servant of the Church.

We would be remiss not to mention Bishop Michael’s abiding, unswerving, loving, and inspiring devotion to his spiritual Father, Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Phyle, whom he considered a truly genuinely holy man. It is partly because of his devotion to Metropolitan Cyprian and the monastery of his repentance in Phyle that his wish was to be buried in Greece, so as to be near his Abba and spiritual guide, a wish that will now be realized.

We extend condolences to His Eminence's spiritual children in Sardinia.

Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη! Memoria Eterna! May his memory be eternal!
The Fathers,
St. Gregory Palamas Monastery

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