Demetrios of America
Archbishop Demetrios of America, son of the late Georgia and Christos Trakatellis, was born in Thessaloniki, Greece on February 1, 1928. His brother, Dr. Trakatellis, is a biochemistry professor emeritus at the University of Thessaloniki and is currently a member of the European Parliament.
Upon graduation from high school in 1946, he pursued continuous research in the field of Biblical Studies, enrolling at the University of Athens School of Theology. Especially noteworthy was his activity among university students and the profound influence his lectures and writings had on them. In 1950, he graduated from the University of Athens School of Theology with distinction.
The Archbishop was ordained a deacon in 1960 and a priest in 1964. Prior to coming to the United States in 1965, Archbishop Demetrios spent time as a monastic. He was elected titular Bishop of Vresthena in 1967, as an auxiliary bishop to the Archbishop of Athens with the primary responsibility for the theological education of the clergy.
From 1965 to 1971, on scholarship from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Archbishop Demetrios studied New Testament and Christian Origins and was awarded a Ph.D. "with distinction", in 1972.
In 1968, he was elected Metropolitan of Attika and Megaris, but refused the post for reasons related to the canonical order of the Church and to the political conditions in Greece at that time.
Later in 1977, he earned a Th.D. in Theology from the University of Athens.
From 1983 to 1993, he served as the Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. Serving as a faculty member for more than a decade, Archbishop Demetrios taught many of America's Greek Orthodox clergy. He also taught at Harvard Divinity School as a Visiting Professor of New Testament during the academic years of 1984 to 1985 and from 1988 to 1989.
After several years in the United States, he returned to Greece in 1993 to pursue full-time scholarly writing and research. At the same time, he assumed responsibilities at the Archdiocese of Athens. A prolific writer, he is the author of four major books: Authority and Passion (1987), The Transcendent God of Eugnostos (1991), Christ, the Pre-existing God (1992) and The Fathers Interpret (1996).
In November of 2002, the Archbishop was unanimously elected by the prestigious Academy of Athens as an abroad-residing member in the Discipline of Theology in the areas of Ethics and Political Sciences. He was officially inducted into the Academy on November 14, 2003.
As Archbishop of America and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, His Eminence was elected on February 19, 2004 as a member of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. This election was part of a modification in the Synod to include six Hierarchs from eparchies of the Ecumenical Throne outside of Turkey. The Archbishop attended his first meeting of the Synod which met in Istanbul, Turkey on March 9-11, 2004.
Feastday: 26 October
Andonios of Phasiane
His Grace, Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, the grandson of immigrants from Pontus in modern-day Turkey, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on January 15, 1953 and is the middle child of Steven and Despina Poulos. Following his education at Stevens Academy, a private college-preparatory high school, he enrolled in St. Peter's College, a Jesuit institution of higher learning, from which he graduated with a Bachelors in Accounting. During this time, he became actively involved in parish life and served as treasurer on the Parish Council of his home parish of St. Demetrios in Jersey City.
In 1976, His Grace entered Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA and graduated in 1979 receiving a Masters of Divinity with Distinction and was President of the graduating class. In January 1980, he was invited to work at Hellenic College/Holy Cross and served for 3½ years in various capacities in the Office of Student Life. He accepted the position of Associate Director of St. Basil's Academy (a residential child-care center in Garrison, NY) in August of 1983 and the following summer assumed the Directorship of the National LOGOS Office at the Archdiocese in New York City. On August 18, 1985, at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the late Archbishop Iakovos ordained him into the Holy Diaconate. He served as Deacon to the Archbishop until December 3, 1989, when he was ordained a priest at the Church of our Savior in Rye, NY by Archbishop Iakovos.
Following his ordination, he continued to serve in the both the Office of the Archbishop and the Office of the Chancellery and was Assistant Chancellor and Personnel Director of the Archdiocese. On February 24, 1991, he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite. After a year of study in Greece from 1991-1992, Bishop Andonios returned to the Archdiocese and was subsequently assigned to the parish of Zoodohos Peghe in the Bronx until 1995. At that time, he returned to the Archdiocese to assist with the retirement of His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos and also assumed the position of Coordinator for the 1996 Clergy-Laity Congress which was held in New York. In July of that year, he was appointed Director of St. Michael's Home in Yonkers and in June 2001 also assumed the Directorship of the Archdiocesan Department of Philanthropy. In September of that same year, he was appointed Spiritual Advisor of the National Philoptochos Society, a position he held until stepping down in the Fall of 2011.
On December 11, 2001, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople elected him an auxiliary bishop to Archbishop Demetrios and bestowed upon him the title of Bishop of Phasiane, an ancient Diocese in Pontos. His episcopal ordination took place at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Saturday, February 23, 2002.
In October 2009, Archbishop Demetrios appointed Bishop Andonios Chancellor of the Holy Archdiocese of America and in 2010, the Bishop was appointed a member of the Secretariat of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops. He still serves as Director of St. Michael's and remains spiritual advisor of the Direct Archdiocesan District Philoptochos.
Feastday: 17 January