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In 1994, St. John the Baptist Church was selected as the host parish for the Canonization of St. Innocent and St. Nicholas of Japan, in addition to the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Orthodoxy in America. Faithful from all across America flocked to Saint John’s for these two events. In 1997, St. John the Baptist Church was elevated to Cathedral status by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. In December 2008, Archimandrite George (Schaefer) was elevated to the episcopacy with the title “Bishop of Mayfield, Vicar Bishop of the Eastern American Diocese”. St. John’s is the Cathedral of Bishop George. In April 2015, Bishop George’s time in Mayfield came to an end as Vladyka was named Bishop of Canberra, Vicar Bishop of the Australian & New Zealand Diocese, where he remains to this day.
St. John’s continues to witness the Orthodox Faith in the Up-Valley of Northeastern Pennsylvania under the Old Style Julian Calendar with a full Liturgical schedule of services in English and Church Slavonic.
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