Fr. Ceslaus Sipovich, M.I.C., Rector since 1947 of the ByeloRussian Mission of the Byzantine Rite in London, has been ap pointed titular bishop of Mariamme, and is expected to be named Apostolic Visitor in Western Europe for ByeloRussians of his rite. Born in Byelo-Russia in 1914, the bishop-elect was educated by Marian Fathers in his country, then proceeded to Vilna University, entering the Marian Congregation in 1934. He transferred to the Byzantine section of the congregation, and continued his studies for the priesthood at the Gregorian University, Rome, being ordained in 1940. In 1946 he was given the degree of Doctor of Oriental Sciences at the Pontifical Oriental Institute
Fr. Sipovich possessed only a scant knowledge of English on his arrival in London 13 years ago, and tackled single-handed the task of setting up a mission for his own people here. Ile purchased a house at Finchley, where there is now a small community of Marian Fathers of his rite.
He has been especially active in the affairs of the revived Society of St. John Chrysostom, of which he is secretary. Through tact and sympathetic understanding of other people's view-points, the bishop-elect has won the friendship of many people here, including Orthodox. The famous choir, which is often heard during the Liturgy at Marian House and elsewhere. is composed of some Orthodox members, who are enthusiastic for the perfect rendering of the polyphonic accompaniments that are a feature.
In this picture, the bishop-elect stands in front of the ikonostasis —the ornamental screen in his chapel at Marian House,