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

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (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.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Nativity of the Mother of God

Your nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, * heralded joy to all the world; * for from you has dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * and, having annulled the curse, He gave the blessing * and by destroying Death He granted us eternal life. (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.

Through your holy nativity, O Immaculate One, * Joachim and Anna were freed from the reproach of childlessness, * and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death. * Delivered from the guilt of sin, your people celebrate this as they cry out to you: * "The barren woman gives birth to the Mother of God, the Nourisher of our Life." (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God on September 8th.

Random Proverb

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Every man baptized into Christ should pass progressively through all the stages of Christ's own life, for in Baptism he receives the power so to progress, and through keeping the Commandments he can discover and learn how to accomplish such progression.

St. Gregory of Sinai