Mark (Lipa) of Levka
Mark I. Lipa was born in Istanbul on December 25, 1919.
A group of clergy and laity who knew of his chanting skills when he accompanied Archbishop Christopher (Kissi) in the early 1930’s supported his initial efforts upon his coming to Boston, Massachusetts, a city with perhaps the largest concentration of Albanian Orthodox communicants.
On 10 September 1950 in Constantinople he was ordained titular Bishop of Levka for the needs of the of Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America under Conatatinople Patriarchate with headquarter in Boston.
The bishop, active in Pan Orthodox and ecumenical activities, was a member of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the Americas and New Endland Consultation of church leaders.
Together with the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston Humberto Cardinal Medeiros, Bishop Mark signed a Declaration for Religious Freedom on November 28, 1981 asking the Albanian Government to allow the practice of religion for christians and muslims.
He passed away on March 11, 1982. He was 62.