Monday, January 28, 2008

Texas thief steals Greek Orthodox bishop's crown

Now, this is news! Another news for me is that there is a bishop who was an ex marine!

A thief has broken into a car in Texas and stolen a valuable crown and other items belonging to a visiting Greek Orthodox bishop from Colorado.
Metropolitan Isaiah, an ex-US marine who served in the Korean War, was dining with others at a restaurant when the thief smashed his car's window.
The gold and silver crown is believed to be worth up to $10,000 (£5,000). Also stolen was his Bible and a bag embroidered with his religious title, a gift from the widow of a fellow marine. Metropolitan Isaiah, who was the only priest at a Vespers service on Saturday night without a head covering, is offering a reward of at least $1,000 for the safe return of the crown stolen in Arlington. "We parked in a brightly lit place, and with all the lights there, we thought we were fine," he was quoted by the Dallas News as saying. "We came out at 10 o'clock, and the window was smashed." The symbolic crown, he said, was the first gift he had received as a bishop, 22 years earlier, and he felt "lost without it". Other items missing include the bishop's mobile phone and his clerical veil but the loss of the bag seemed to be a particularly hard blow. "It has my name on it, embroidered Metropolitan Isaiah, so who can use it?" Metropolitan Isaiah asked.According to his official biography, the ex-marine, whose official title is Metropolitan of Denver, entered a Massachusetts seminary in 1954 and became a bishop in 1986.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:15 pm

    IT IS A SIGN, like with JFK, that Father Bishop Isaiah must be a great leader - since his Crown, a symbol of Power, was ripped off in Texas.