Bishop Gerald Nicholas Dino, Eparch Emeritus of Phoenix, fell asleep in the Lord on November 14, 2020. Born in 1940 in Binghamton, New York, he was ordained a priest for the Eparchy of Pasaic on March 21, 1965. On December 6, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him bishop of the Eparchy of Van Nuys, and on March 27, 2008 he was consecrated a bishop and served until his retirement at age 76 in 2016.

The Office of Christian Burial for His Grace, Gerald Nicholas Dino will take place at St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Cathedral, 8141 North 16th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85020, as follows:


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

  • Transfer of the Body to the Cathedral at 3:00 p.m.
  • Reception of the Body at 4:00 p.m.
  • Visitation from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • First Evening Office of Readings at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

  • Visitation from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m
  • Second Evening Parastas at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

  • Funeral Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.

Internment site and final interment is to be determined at a future date. All services will be streamed via the Eparchy of Phoenix Facebook page and the parish website, www.stsbcc.org. Anyone planning to attend the funeral liturgies and/or reception luncheon please R.S.V.P. by contacting Teresa Blanc at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. not later than Monday 23 November.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Gifts may be made to the Eparchy of Phoenix.


Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 ESV)

Saint Nicholas of Myra

The truth of your deeds has revealed you to your flock, * as a rule of faith, an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. * Therefore, you attained the heights through humility, * and riches through poverty. * O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, * pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. (Troparion, Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

In Myra, You were shown to be a servant of the sacred things, O Holy Nicholas, * for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, you, O Venerable, laid down your life for your people, * and saved the innocent from death. * Therefore, you were sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

It was said about John the Little that one day he said to his older brother: "I want to be free from care and not to work but to worship God without interruption." And he took his robe off, and went into the desert. After staying there one week, he returned to his brother. And when he knocked at the door, his brother asked without opening it: "Who is it?" He replied: "It's John, your brother." The brother said: "John has become an angel and is not among people anymore." Then he begged and said: "It's me!" But his brother did not open the door and left him there in distress until the next morning. And he finally opened the door and said: "If you are a human being, you have to work again in order to live." Then John repented, saying: "Forgive me, brother, for I was wrong."

Sayings of the Desert Fathers