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

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (Troparion, Tone 1)

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

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

(The Feast of the Encounter is February 2nd - the 40th Day of Christmas)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

God is a fire that warms and kindles the heart and inward parts. Hence, if we feel in our hearts the cold that comes from the devil - for the devil is cold - let us call on the Lord. He will come to warm our hearts with perfect love, not only for Him but also for our neighbor, and the cold of him who hates the good will flee before the heat of His countenance.

St. Seraphim of Sarov