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Holy Eparchial Synod Selects Three-Person Ballot

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V. Rev. Nathanael Symeonides

Source: The National Herald

By Theodoros Kalmoukos

NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in a special meeting on Monday, February 5, presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America selected the three-person ballot for the Metropolis of Chicago.

The selections are as follows:

V. Rev. Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides- head of the Office of Interchristian, Interorthodox and Ecumenical Relations of the Archdiocese, V. Rev. Archimandrite Timothy Bakakos- presiding priest of the Assumption of the Theotokos Cathedral in Chicago, and V. Rev. Archimandrite Constantine Moralis, presiding priest of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore, MD.

Archimandrite Nathaniel Symonides received 5 votes, Archimandrite Timothy Bakakos 6 and Archimandrite Constantine Moralis 4.


V. Rev. Timothy Bakakos

The rest of the voting went as follows: Bishop Apostolos of Medeia- Chancellor of the Metropolis of San Francisco received 2 votes.

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago 1 vote, Metropolitan Nikitas of Dardanelles 1 vote. Also Archimandrite Damaskinos Ganas- presiding priest of Kimisis tis Theotokou Church in Brooklyn, NY received 1 vote, Archimandrite Makarios Niakaros- presiding priest of the Holy Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Haverhill, MA 1 vote, and Archimandrite Chrysostomos Panos- assistant to Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, Chancellor of the Archdiocese 1 vote.

Present at the Synodic meeting were all the Metropolitans of the Archdiocese. Archbishop Demetrios made some introductory remarks about the process and then he put forward names for discussion.

The Archbishop said that the wish of Patriarch Bartholomew is the List of Candidates to be comprised of only Archimandrites. Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta asked him then why all that effort was made to include those hierarchs on the List, but the Archbishop was silent.
The Archbishop left for Constantinople on Monday night in order to participate in the Synodic meetings at the Phanar starting on Wednesday, February 7.


V.Rev. Constantine Moralis

The Three-Person Ballot was chosen from the following official List of Candidates authorized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate on January 10, 2018 and under protocol number 28.
Category 1

In alphabetical order:

Archimandrites

V. Rev. Archimandrite Dionysios Anagnostopoulos
V. Rev. Archimandrite Timothy Bakakos
V. Rev. Archimandrite Vasilios Bassakyros
V. Rev. Archimandrite Ambrosios Bitziadis (Bowers)
V. Rev. Archimandrite John E. Constantine
V. Rev. Archimandrite Joachim A. Cotsonis
V. Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Cottros
V. Rev. Archimandrite Damaskinos V. Ganas
V. Rev. Archimandrite Athanasios DeMedeiros
V. Rev. Archimandrite Stavroforos Mamaies
V. Rev. Archimandrite Christodoulos Margellos
V. Rev. Archimandrite Constantine Moralis
V. Rev. Archimandrite Makarios J. Niakaros
V. Rev. Archimandrite George Nikas
V. Rev. Archimandrite Chrysostom Panos
V. Rev. Archimandrite Christodoulos Papadeas
V. Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Papazafiropoulos
V. Rev. Archimandrite Eugene N. Pappas
V. Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
V. Rev. Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides
V. Rev. Archimandrite Agathonikos Wilson

Presbyters

Rev. Fr. E. Kyprianos Bouboutsis
Rev. Economos Christopher Flesoras

Category 2

Metropolitans of the Holy Archdiocese of America
His Eminence Metropolitan of Boston Methodios (Tournas)
His Eminence Metropolitan of Denver Isaiah (Chronopoulos)
His Eminence Metropolitan of Atlanta Alexios (Panagiotopoulos)
His Eminence Metropolitan of Detroit Nikolaos (Pissare)
His Eminence Metropolitan of Pittsburgh Savas (Zembillas)
His Eminence Metropolitan of San Francisco Gerasimos (Mihaleas)
His Eminence Metropolitan of New Jersey Evangelos (Kourounis)

Category 3

Auxiliary bishops of the Holy Archdiocese of America
His Grace Bishop of Phasiane Andonios (Paropoulos)
His Grace Bishop of Mokissos Demetrios (Kantzavelos)
His Grace Bishop of Zela Sevastianos (Skordallos)
His Grace Bishop of Medeia Apostolos (Koufalakis)

Category 4

Metropolitans and Bishops of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
His Eminence Metropolitan of Toronto Soterios (Athanasoulas)
His Eminence Metropolitan of Mexico Athenagoras (Anastasiadis)
His Eminence Metropolitan of Dardanelles Nikitas (Lioulias)
His Eminence Metropolitan of Sweden Cleopas (Strongylis)
His Grace Bishop of Nyssa Gregorios (Tatsis)
His Grace Bishop of Philomelion Ilia (Katre)

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