New Composition of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

FILE - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

BOSTON – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew announced the new composition of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the period March 1 to August 31 as part of its regular practice of semi-annual reorganization.

The new composition of the Holy Synod, under the presidency of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, includes the following: Metropolitan Augustinos of Germany, Metropolitan Germanos of Tranoupolis, Metropolitan Sotirios of Toronto, Metropolitan Makarios of Anaeon, Metropolitan Theodoritos of Laodicea, Metropolitan Evgenios of Rethymno and Avlopotamos, Metropolitan Amphilochios of Ganos and Chora, Metropolitan Damaskinos of Kydonia and Apokoronas, Metropolitan Nathanael of Kos and Nisyros, Metropolitan Konstantinos of Singapore, Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Symi, and Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sets the agenda for the topics that will be discussed in each session. Also, the Patriarch makes the recommendations for elections of new hierarchs, transfers, reorganizations, and elections of new Archbishops and Metropolitans to the Ecclesiastical Eparchies of the Ecumenical Throne around the World.

The next Synodic meeting will be held March 14-16. There will not be a meeting in April due to Holy Week and Easter. Following the March meeting, the Synod will next meet May 9-11.

One of the issues that is expected to be discussed during the next meeting of the Synod is the constant attacks that the Patriarchate of Moscow has launched against the Ecumenical Patriarchate due to its granting of the status of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine on the Feast Day of the Epiphany on January 6, 2019.

The Patriarchate of Moscow is unertaking a divisive effort against the unity of the Orthodox Church in the World, exerting influence, for many reasons, not only ecclesiastical, on the Patriarchates of Antioch, Serbia, and the Church of Poland, which requested from Patriarch Bartholomew that he convene a Synaxis of the Prelates to examine the issue.

Patriarch Bartholomew in his reply to Patriarch Ioannis of Antioch wrote that such a Synaxis will be “unavailing.”

Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria continues his delaying tactics while it is widely known that he has been closely connected with the Patriarchate of Moscow since the time he served there as an Exarch.

Archbishop Ieonymos of Athens and All Greece is playing his own waiting game regarding the recognition of the Autocephalous Church of Ukraine, passing the issue on to the Synod of Hierarchs of the Church of Greece, which may be convened in March for the election of new Metropolitans for Sisaniou, Siatistis and Vouliagmeni.

According to information received by The National Herald, the new Synod will also deal with issues related to the reorganization of the Ecclesiastical Eparchies of the Ecumenical Throne abroad, including the United States.


  1. Who writes this stuff? The fact is that not a single one of the world’s canonical Orthodox Churches has recognized the abomination that Black Bart created in Ukraine. In fact the entire Orthodox world is standing behind the lawful primate, Metropolitan Onuphry. Anaxios Bartholomeow Anaxios.

    And please stop calling Black Bart the leader of world Orthodoxy. He is no longer in communion with the large majority of Orthodox Christians around the globe. And although our family is 100% Greek ancestry and born and raised in the GOA, I can tell you Black Bart is not our patriarch. He should change his title to the Fener Patriarch of Foggy Bottom, because they are his masters now.

    1. Bartholomew is a power hungry narcissist.
      He creates schisms and crises but it
      Is not his fault. This man seems to be
      Losing it.

      Not only is he blaming moscow the
      Victim of his neo papist ambitions
      He is suggesting the other churches
      Who have taken issue with his
      Attack on the process of conciliatory
      Are somehow the lackeys of moscow.

      This Turkish citizen needs to be deposed
      And defrocked. And the patriarchate
      Should be relocated to Greece in
      Order to revive it.

      And he is creating a split on mount
      Athos along ethnic lines (Greek vs
      Slav). How anyone still trusts him
      Is beyond comprehension.

  2. Moscow isn’t attacking the canonical order of the Orthodox Church, the Phanar is. It’s unfortunate that so many Hellenes have bought into the notion that “our Patriarch” is the “head” of the Church. He isn’t. We have no pope and don’t need one. Note that the Greek Orthodox Church of Albania has decisively rejected Patr. Bartholomew’s actions in Ukraine. Also note this from two Greeks, Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris Perhaps Patr. Bartholomew was misled by Ukrainian Pres. Poroshenko and the US State Department, but his actions have not led to healing in Ukraine but only to discord that threatens the unity of the entire Orthodox Church.

    1. Jim is correct, however, the U.S. government has tremendous influence on things ecclesiastical and political concerning Greece and the Greek Orthodox Church. Read about U.S. ambassador to Greece, formerly U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt’s visit to Aghion Oros and to Patriarch Bartholomew as well as inviting the journalists of the website for a ‘friendly’ chat to his residence in Athens.
      This is a Russian language website from Ukraine with English translation.

    2. Oh, I get it now, Jim and Nikos, the Russian despot Putin and his undemocratic Duma have absolutely no control over the Russian Orthodox Church, it’s only the bad US State Department and Bartholomew manipulating matters. You both must think we’re stupid and uniformed. And you’re both trolling for the wrong team.

      Russia’s Stalin (once an Orthodox seminarian) murdered 25 million Ukrainian peasants. Now those folks want ecclesiastical independence from murderous Moscow and it’s chaplains (yeah, the Ukes do remember) and you guys start squawking.

      Go away, will you? Take your Russian language websites and please leave us alone.

    3. Lower Manhattan Cynic: I don’t know whether you are Orthodox or not, but by your comments, you seems to be merely a politically-driven Russophobe. Yes, Stalin was once a seminarian… but he abandoned it, along with Orthodoxy, and embarked on an orgy of killing and repression of Orthodox Christians. Blaming Stalin on Orthodox Christians is like blaming Hitler on religious Jews. There were more Orthodox Christian martyrs under the Soviets, especially Stalin, than there were Christian martyrs of any stripe or tradition in all other places in all other centuries COMBINED. The current Russian Orthodox Church is the fruit and legacy of those holy martyrs, not of Stalin… and they constitute the vast majority of Orthodox Christians worldwide. You might want to remember that when you lazily slander the Russian Church as a pawn of the state. That’s not to say the state doesn’t try, nor that individuals don’t succumb, but the only once succumbing in the current context is the one that considers himself an unaccountable Primus Sine Paribus.

  3. Metropolitan Nathaniel of Chicago? That Kiss ass sits on the synod and decide what happens with those other hierarchs here in the U.S.A? Our church is definitely going to hell in a hand basket. God save us from these depots!

  4. And Metropolitan Nathaniel still has not explained why he is increasing staff at the Metropolis of Chicago A chancellor used to do a lot of the stuff that this new Administrator is now doing. Waste of money. And still the scandals linger with no explanations or solutions: Misappropriation of funds at Milwaukee Annunication, alleged witness tampering by the old Bishop D (who has just completed a fully-paid “sabbatical” on our dime, , among other issues.

  5. “One of the issues that is expected to be discussed during the next meeting of the Synod is the constant attacks that the Patriarchate of Moscow has launched against the Ecumenical Patriarchate due to its granting of the status of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine…”

    No. There is no Russian conspiracy. I am not Russian, nor a bot. I am anti-communist and support an independent Ukraine. But this issue is not gray. It is CLEARLY black vs white, right vs. wrong, and Pat. Bartholomew is definitely wrong. He has disgraced and scandalized the entire Orthodox Church.

    No. He didn’t grant autocephaly (despite the deceptive labeling). It is a very weak and limited “autonomy,” at best. It is much greater dependence to Istanbul than the canonical Church has to the Moscow Patriarchate.

    No. He didn’t grant it to “the Orthodox Church of Ukraine,” but to violent, toxically-nationalistic, worldly, unrepentant schismatics.

    Shameful. Anaxios!

    1. Everyone, please remember that Bart granted neither autonomy, nor autocephaly to the O C.U. . The so-called church is directly under the control of Bart, and the not so “Holy” synod of the E.P.

  6. Shame upon the person who has the utter tenacity to write such rubbish. How can people sleep at night knowing they are enabling the persecution of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church? The UOC didn’t ask for autocephaly, neo-fascist schismatics did.

    If Bartholomew really has the power he’s claiming for himself (“Orthodoxy cannot exist without the Ecumenical Patriarchate(!)”) then – honest question to his supporters – what is the problem with the Pope of Rome? If it’s fine for a bishop to claim total power over the Church, why did the Great Schism take place?

    I’m not a bot. I’m not even Russian. I’m actually a member of an EP parish in London, and let me make it very clear that Black Bart has very little support in the diaspora for what he’s doing and enabling in Ukraine. Orthodoxy stands united against his neo-papal ambition and his utter disregard for the canons.

  7. I am also a member of a EP church in London (Moscow Road) and there is very little stomach for Bartholomew. There is chaos now in Ukraine where attacks against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church under Onuphrios are very serious. Please read this article (no, it isn’t from a Russian website nor am I a Russian troll) from a website run by a n Anglo-Greek journalist/lawyer and a Greek Cypriot journalist about the harrowing scenes from Ukraine as a result of Barth’s so-called autocephaly.

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