Monk who lobbied for special burial dies

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Updated: 6/18/2014 8:25 pm

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California monk, who successfully lobbied the Legislature to pass a bill allowing him to be buried on the nine-acre grounds of his Orthodox Christian monastery, has died.

The Rev. Stephen Scott, a longtime friend of 75-year-old Abbott Theodor Micka, said he died peacefully on Tuesday after a battle with cancer.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Micka and Scott opened the Holy Cross Monastery in 1979 to provide religious services and ceremonies for fellow Orthodox Christians. Building it had been a decades-old dream, Micka said, and so when he was diagnosed with cancer last year, he and Scott pursued an exemption to state law, which would have required Micka to be buried in a cemetery or cremated.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill in March.

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