The death has been announced of Archbishop Cecil Mercurius, Primate for Outreach of the African Orthodox Church. Archbishop Cecil passed away on 28 October at the age of 83 after a long period of illness. He was a member of the Order of Corporate Reunion and participated in a number of ecumenical services of the Order at St Lucy’s Old Roman Catholic Cathedral and elsewhere.
Archbishop Cecil, known familiarly as Brev, was originally from Guyana and worked there as an adviser to the Prime Minister on co-operatives and latterly on religious affairs. On moving to the United States he established himself in Brooklyn, New York. He had much to do with the Guyanese-American community and visited his homeland on a number of occasions. His funeral took place in New York on 4 November.
In the photograph below he is pictured right with Archpriest Lamed Burrison of the Ethiopian Coptic Orthodox Church of New York (left) and the late Patriarch Yuri I of the American World Patriarchates (centre).