Aegean island abbot picked to lead American branch of Greek Orthodox church


Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


St. Nicholas National Shrine, New York, NY – August 10, 2017

Despite calls to slow down the process or at least name a bishop from the United States, the top synod of the Greek Orthodox church has named a Greek abbot to lead that church in America.

Appointed Saturday was Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa, abbot of the Holy Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Halki, a Greek island. He is also a professor at the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople’s recommendation was unanimously approved by the Greek Orthodox’ Holy and Sacred Synod Saturday.

He succeeds the retiring Archbishop Demetrios, who resigned last week as head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

The archdiocesan council on Friday had urged a slower and more deliberate process.

The church is enduring financial struggles amid an overrun-plagued effort to build a national shrine.

Peter Smith: [email protected] or 412-263-1416 or Twitter @PG_PeterSmith.


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