Metropolitans Gerasimos and Nathanael Issue Announcements About Election of Elpidophoros

BOSTON – Two senior metropolitans, Gerasimos of San Francisco and Nathanael of Chicago, issued official announcements regarding the election of Metropolitan Eplidophoros of Bursa as Archbishop of America.

Metropolitan Gerasimos wrote to the clergy and faithful of his Metropolis the following:

“Beloved in the Lord,

Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen!

I wish to announce to you that His Eminence Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa was unanimously elected by the Holy and Sacred Synod in Constantinople on May 11, 2019 as the new Archbishop for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

We pray to our Lord that he will grant him a long and fruitful ministry as our Archbishop, and offer our support and love from the clergy and faithful from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco for the progress of God’s Church in our country.


With Love in Our Risen Lord,

+Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco”

Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago in his letter to the clergy and laity of the Metropolis of Chicago wrote:

“My Beloved,

Christ is Risen!

It is with great joy that I announce that His Eminence Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa was elected unanimously by the Holy and Sacred Synod in Constantinople on May 11, 2019 as the new Archbishop for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

I ask all faithful clergy, monastics, and laity of the Metropolis of Chicago to join me in praying that God grant His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America many years of blessed and fruitful ministry.


+Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago.”


  1. Please forgive me, but Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago is considered a senior metropolitan? Please excuse me, but he is the least senior of the eight and has held the office of metropolitan for a year now.

    1. Shucks, you beat me to it. Metropolitan Methodios of Boston is the senior metropolitan and he has been appointed Archdiocesan vicar to run things until the new archbishop’s installation. Given that he has also been appointed interim president of Hellenic College/Holy I am sure the other 7 have taken careful notice of the dual appointments.

  2. They are all lap dogs and will do as they are told or they will be sent to Bursa to take the empty seat of nothing and nobody in an Islamic Republic.

    By the way, “eparchy” is code word for “Hellenic slave colony”, which is the opposite of “vibrant, growing, American Greek Orthodox Christians in action, living their faith in worship and by deeds”.

    I can dream, can’t I?

  3. If in fact this Ecumenical Patriarch truly loves this Eparchy so much, as he claims he does. Then he should be willing to cut the so called umbilical cord and stop holding this Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America captive. But truth be told, his real love unfortunately seems to be the love of the one million or so dollars this Archdiocese has been sending on the most part annually to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. In order to afford him and his metropolitans in Istanbul, to continue living the comfortable life style they are so used to. His last 28 years of so called love for this Archdiocese should speak volumes enough!

    He should show his love by setting this Archdiocese free and by allowing it to flourish, grow and mature right here in the U.S. on its own. And in a country unlike Turkey, where there is religious freedom. This Archdiocese certainly doesn’t need to be controlled and/or dominated by someone or a group in a far off land and by a defunct Byzantine Empire which fell some 566 years ago.

    Especially by someone and a group who do not even have any overall basic parish experience, and for that matter, any experience here in this Archdiocese. Not to mention, barely if any faithful in the entire Republic of Turkey!

    May God help us all!

  4. This Archdiocese is controlled by no other than the Un-reverend Alex Karloutsos at GOA/NYC headquarters.
    He is the Patriarch’s henchman.

    “Archbishop” is just a silly, phony, title without any real merit at all.

    Getting rid of him (Karloutsos) together with all and everyone else at GOA/NYC, including the janitor is the only way to start a new page, a new chapter in setting this so-called archdiocese free.
    THAT should send a very distinct message all the way to the Phanar!

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